By Laura Ross
It’s almost ho-ho-ho-holiday time and our local arts organizations are gearing up to celebrate the season. From traditional favorites to new entries, Louisville has something for everyone. Check websites for ticket information and show times as the dates draw near.
Remember, if you’re attending an event or performance at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, allow extra time to navigate construction on Main Street and the ongoing renovation at the KCA following the fire there earlier this year.
Grab the family and celebrate the holidays with the arts. Here’s a sampling of some of the treats decking the halls and stages in Louisville this season.
VOICES Of Kentuckiana – RED and GREEN – An Electric Holiday Celebration
VOICES of Kentuckiana will present “RED and GREEN – An Electric Holiday Celebration” at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater at 5 p.m. on Dec. 9.
Founded in 1994, VOICES of Kentuckiana provides the opportunity for LGBT community members and allies to sing together and celebrate diversity through artistic excellence. “RED and GREEN – An Electric Holiday Celebration” will be a joyful, fun show full of traditional holiday fare and songs that will make a statement during this holiday season. The concert will be “electrified” with keyboards, guitar and percussion for a lively and memorable show.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and are available at kentuckycenter.org/presents or by phone at 502.584.7777 or 800.775.7777.
The Brown-Forman Nutcracker with the Louisville Ballet
The Louisville Ballet returns with perennial audience favorite, “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker,” for several performances from Dec. 8-23, with sparkling sets and costumes and all the magic of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Additionally, the Louisville Ballet will also host a separate event, the Sugar Plum Party, during the run of the Nutcracker. Children will enjoy a pre-show party with the children’s casts from the production. Tickets are $25 per person and include food, drinks, photos with cast members, special art projects and live entertainment. Tickets to the Nutcracker performance are not included in the Sugar Plum Party.
Tickets are available at louisvilleballet.org for both “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” and the Sugar Plum Party.
Nutcracker Family Story Time with the Louisville Ballet
If you can’t make the Nutcracker performances at the Kentucky Center (or have little ones who might squirm too much in a long performance) head over to the Louisville Free Public Library for special story times featuring dancers from “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.”
The Library will host free, all-ages story times featuring a Louisville Ballet dancer reading the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker,” followed by crafts and activities. One family will also receive four tickets to see the Louisville Ballet’s production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.” Learn more at lfpl.org/events. All story times start at 6:30 p.m. at the following library locations:
Nov. 28 – South Central Regional Library
Dec. 11 – Southwest Regional Library
Dec. 12 – Fern Creek Library
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Guide your family’s sleigh over to the Brown Theatre for one of the most treasured Christmas stories around, when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes out of the TV screen and onto the stage with a musical treat for the entire family. All the characters will be on stage for the classic tale, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” takes flight Dec. 16, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at kentuckycenter.org/presents, or by phone at 502.584.7777 or 800.775.7777.
Holidays at the Movies with the Louisville Civic Orchestra
The all-volunteer Louisville Civic Orchestra (LCO) welcomes families to celebrate the season with “Holidays at the Movies” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Bellarmine University’s Wyatt Center for the Arts, 2001 Newburg Road.
LCO Artistic Director Jason Hart Raff and Assistant Conductor David Borman will share the podium in a joy-filled romp through the music of popular and off-the-beaten-path Christmas movies, including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Sound of Music,” “Gremlins” and “White Christmas” to name a few.
The show is free and designed for all ages. And it is only one hour long with no intermission to help accommodate families with small children. Reserve free tickets in advance at eventbrite.com.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with StageOne Family Theatre
Everyone knows the Herdman kids are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now, they have bullied their way into the church’s annual Christmas pageant and the whole town gathers to see how the Herdman kids will ruin Christmas.The classic children’s book comes to life with StageOne Family Theatre’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” with several performances featuring several local child actors Dec. 14-22, at Memorial Auditorium, 970 S. Fourth St.. The 2 p.m. Dec. 15, event is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets are $20 for age 13 and up, and $15 for ages one through 12, and are available at stageone.org or kentuckycenter.org.
A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour
The holidays were never so naughty when Murray & Peter productions presents “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour,” featuring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The raucous holiday event is hosted by Miz Cracker and Monet X Change and stars Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Miss Vanjie and Farrah Moan, who will all take the stage at 8 p.m. on Nov. 29, at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway.
Tickets are available for $20 to $50 and can be purchased at kentuckycenter.org. Super Fan packages are also available for $150, with seats in the first few rows, a first-in-line meet and greet pass, official tour poster and lanyard.
Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre
Actors Theatre rolls out fan-favorite favorite, “Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol,” throughout the holidays now through Dec. 23. The classic Charles Dickens’ tale, adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Drew Fracher, has been a Louisville tradition at Actors Theatre for more than 40 years and is the second-longest continuously running production of “A Christmas Carol” in the United States.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced from $25. Advanced purchase is recommended by calling the Actors Theatre box office at 502.584.1205 or online at actorstheatre.org. Special ticket rate for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502.585.1210. VT