Atlanta stages bursting with holiday fare this season
The days when Christmas entertainment at theater companies meant “A Christmas Carol” and little else are long over. Almost every local venue has a show running during the holidays, including some goodies for LGBT patrons.
For starters, be back for its 18th year at It’s based on gay writer David Sedaris’ own experience as a department store elf, as he wrote about in “Holidays On Ice.” Horizon’s mounting has become an annual gay favorite. The Sedaris figure is again played by Harold M. Leaver, who has been with the show since its beginning. One new 2016 aspect is that while his co-stars will be back, Leaver will actually mouth their dialogue, since it’s his character’s recollection of them. He will have some room for improvisation, too.
As always, is one of the busiest playhouses during the holidays. Lesbian director Cathe Hall Payne is directing the musical and the company also has on tap. has gotten into the Christmas spirit over the years by bringing in Libby Whittemore, who will bring her cabaret-style act and alter ego, Connie Sue, to the company for
“Scrooge: The Musical,” “Merry Little Holi- day Shorts 2016” Actor’s Express “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas.” “A Christmas Carol,” Alliance Theatre’s
Speaking of back again this year in the typically lavish version. Long an ATL staple, it will return for the third time with actor David De Vries as Scrooge after Chris Kayser hung up playing the character.
is doing double duty with actress/singer Courtenay Collins in
ance “Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays.” Center for Puppetry
Six years ago, the bowed a stage version of the beloved TV special and it became a runaway hit. It’s back this season with its outsider main character and is wonderful for all ages. Those looking for original fare can find it in based on the quirky Tim Burton film, while is presenting an encore of out playwright Topher Payne’s holiday comedy
Arts deer” OnStage Atlanta The Alli- “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein- Theatrical Outfit’s “Big Fish,” Door Players “The Santaland Diaries” Horizon Theatre. November 25, 2016
“Let Nothing You Dismay.” Other seasonal treats include Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s at
“Peter Pan;” “Christmas Canteen” Aurora Theatre; “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Broadway In Atlanta
courtesy of the series;
ings,” a sequel to “Forever Plaid,” at ART Station; the return of “The Snow Queen” at Serenbe Playhouse; and the satirical “Invasion: Christmas Carol” at Dad’s Garage. In other words, there’s plenty of Yuletide theater treats for those looking.