Arts & Theater

Packed calendar of holiday theater in the Sacramento area

The City College Theatre presents “Peter Pan: A Panto” with Sean Thomas Olivares as Captain Hook and Meghan Cazadio as Peter.
The City College Theatre presents “Peter Pan: A Panto” with Sean Thomas Olivares as Captain Hook and Meghan Cazadio as Peter. photo by Bruce Clarke

The holiday theater season is so much upon us that some productions have already come and gone. Still, through the end of the year there will be seasonal shows (and some alternatives) for almost all tastes.

Here’s a selection of holiday-theme theater from around the region, including professional, community and church theaters that are all celebrating the season in myriad ways.

Peter Pan Panto

What: City Theatre at Sacramento City College presents Christine Nicholson’s “Peter Pan: A British Panto,” a holiday adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s popular play. Luther Hanson directs.

When: Through Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; also 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.

Where: Performing Arts Center/Auditorium Theatre, Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $10-$18


A Christmas Carol

What: Buck Busfield adapts the Charles Dickens classic for the B Street Family Series with Greg Alexander as a sarcastic meta-theatrical Scrooge, with Amy Kelly, John Lamb, Megan Wicks and Nestor Campos Jr. portraying the cast of familiar characters.

When: Through Sunday Dec. 27, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Where: B Street Theatre Family Series Stage, 2711 B St., Sacramento

Cost: $15-$29

Information: 916-443-5300,

Handle With Care

What: B Street favorite Stephanie Altholz plays a young Israeli woman, and newcomer Tyler Pierce is a young American, in this holiday romance.

When: Through Sunday, Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m Wednesdays and Sundays.

Where: B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento

Cost: $23-$35, $5 student rush

Information: 916-443-5300,

Miracle on 34th Street

What: The classic film about the man claiming to be Kris Kringle gets the stage adaptation treatment. With a book and score by Meredith Willson.

Where: Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland

When: Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays

Cost: $12-$25

Information: 530-666-9617;

A Christmas Story

What: The now classic rose-colored Christmas narrative about a boy who wants a BB gun is presented by LeGacy Productions.

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

When: Opens Friday, Nov. 27 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 27; 7 p.m. Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays (except Dec. 6) and Thursday, Dec. 24

Cost: $20

Information: 530-268-5419;


What: The popular Shakespeare Santa Cruz panto version of the classic fairy tale with a book and lyrics by Kate Hawley, music by Gregg Coffin, from an original concept by Paul Whitworth. Michael Laun directs and Samuel Clein leads a live band.

Where: Sacramento Theatre Company, Main Stage, 1419 H St., Sacramento

When: Opens Wednesday, Dec. 2 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 27; 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays (except Christmas); 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

Information: 916-443-6722;


What: Rodger Hoopman’s long-running original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas ghost story takes a final bow at Chautauqua Playhouse. Warren Harrison directs.

Where: Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael

When: Opens Friday, Dec. 4, and continues through Wednesday, Dec. 23; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

Cost: $10-$15

Information: 916-489-7529;

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

What: A couple try to stage a Christmas pageant with the “most awful kids in history.”

Where: The Acting Company, 815 B St., Yuba City

When: Open, Friday, Dec. 4, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 20; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays;

Cost: $15

Information: 530-751-1100;

A Christmas Carol

What: Stage Right Productions offers a one-hour dessert presentation of the familiar Dickens story.

Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5901 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin

When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec.4-5; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6; 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec.6

Cost: $10-$15

Information: 916-281-6372;

Just In Time . . . For Christmas

What: A small church choir deals with the drama in their lives as they prepare a Christmas program in this drama with music by James Wheatley.

Where: Celebration Arts Theatre, 4469 D St., Sacramento

When: 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19;

Tickets: $15-$13. Thursday night seats are $8.

Information: 916-455-2787;

A Charlie Brown Christmas

What: Roseville Theatre Arts Academy presents the Peanuts gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

Where: Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5-19

Cost: $8-$10

Information: 916-772-2777;

The Christmas Catastrophe

What: Chautauqua Children’s Theatre

Where: Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael

When: Noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5-19

Cost: $7

Information: 916-489-7529;

La Pastorela De Sactown

What: This Latino Center of Art and Culture bilingual musical taps into the Mexican La Pastorela tradition of actors portraying shepherds who set out for Bethlehem and deal with temptations along the way. Script by Joan Holden; Dena Martinez directs.

Where: The Crest Theater, 1013 K St., Sacramento

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec., 19; caroling and Posada verses at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5-$15


Not ‘holiday’ but still fun

Two Gentlemen of Verona

What: Big Idea Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s early comedy of mistaken identities set in Rat Pack-era Las Vegas. Gail Dartez directs.

When: Through Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays

Where: Big Idea Theatre,1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $10-$20

Information: (916) 960-3036;

The Behavior of Broadus

What: Capital Stage presents the Sacramento premiere of the award-winning new musical, more or less about John Broadus Watson, father of Behaviorism and modern advertising. Written by Burglars of Hamm and directed by Albert Dayan.

Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, Sacramento

When: Previews Wednesday, Dec. 9, opens Saturday, Dec. 12, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 9; 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

Cost: $30-$50

Information: 916-995-5464;

Marcus Crowder: 916-321-1120, @marcuscrowder

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