by Jan Davisson
Hopefully, most of your Christmas shopping is done and you’re ready to enjoy the season. For sheer “getting yourself into the season,” you can’t top The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. From top to bottom, it’s a holiday extravaganza. Boughs of greenery surround the curtain; lights and swags in the lobby as well as wonderful piano playing and singing. If the setting alone doesn’t get you into the spirit, the current Holiday Spectacular, Ballroom with a Twist-mas, will get your toes tapping, hands clapping, and bring joy to your heart. I think even Scrooge would enjoy this! For you Dancing with the Stars addicts, it features several of the dancers from the television show. Opening night featured Jonathan Roberts and Lacey Schwimmer. Other Dancing with the Stars performers to appear include Chelsie Hightower, Elena Samodanova, Tristan MacManus, Sabrina Bryan and Gleb Savchenko.
The spectacular cast includes numerous other award-winning dancers from the Dancing with the Stars troupe along with performers from So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol. The evening includes wonderful Christmas music performed by Von Smith and Vonzell Solomon. I wish I knew what church she went to so I could attend. I’m sure the choir is heavenly. Her vocal range is amazing.
So, if you can’t get enough of sequins and marabou, this is the place for you! The costumes are super glitzy and it even snows. How much great Christmas joy can you endure?
A special version of Sunrise, Sunset and the folk circle dance to Hava Nagila for the feast of Hanukkah was outstanding. Of course, music done in a minor key is always thrilling to hear.
Ballroom with a Twist-Mas continues through December 27 at The Wick. Then, get ready for a New Years Eve Celebration with the Lennon Sisters of Lawrence Welk fame. They’ve all grown up to be beautiful women. What a perfect time to celebrate the past as you enter a new year. The New Year’s Eve event will also feature Missy McArdle & Company with dinner and dancing at 8:00 pm.
The Lennon Sisters will continue through January 2, 2016.
The Wick Theatre 7901 North Federal Highway Boca Raton 33487 Tickets: (561) 995-2333; www.thewick.org Holiday Spectacular Series: Ballroom with aTwist-Mas, (Dec. 10-27); Lennon Sisters, (Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 2016)
Now for a festive offering of holiday shows starting with…
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts West Palm Beach
Dec. 22-23: Broadway On Ice
Dec. 27-29: The Nutcracker, A Special Holiday Celebration Dreyfoos Concert Hall Miami City Ballet
Dec. 31: The Producers “A Broadway book musical that is so ecstatically drunk on its powers to entertain that it leaves you delirious, too.” The New York Times on the Broadway production in 2001
Jan 1, 2016: Salute To Vienna Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Jan 2, 2016:Trinity Irish Dance Company Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Jan 3, 2016: Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Estacio Beethoven & Rimsky-Korsakov Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Jan 4, 2016: Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Chopin Dreyfoos Concert Hall
Jan 5-9, 2016: 42nd Street, Kravis on Broadway Series presents everyone’s favorite tap-dancing musical
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Fl. 33401 Tickets: (561) 832-7469 or 800-572-8471; www.kravis.org Kravis on Broadway Series 42nd Street, (Jan. 5-9 2016)
Palm Beach Dramaworks, Don and Ann Brown Theatre, West Palm Beach
Thur. Jan 3: The History Boys, Nothing but rave reviews for this play of an unconventional teacher who touches the lives of eight young men in this funny and moving Tony Award-winning play that provocatively explores the mission of education.
Palm Beach Dramaworks 201 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 33401 Tickets: (561) 514-4042 Ext. 2; www.palmbeachdramaworks.org: The History Boys (December 4-January 3): Long Day’s Journey into Night (Jan. 29-Feb. 28, 2016)
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Jupiter (Adult and Children Events)
Dec. 22, The Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band, This is your chance to hear popular and traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs played by the full band, plus surprise performances by vocal and instrumental soloists, in a joyous celebration of the holiday season.
Dec. 23 12:00 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Limited Engagements FREE KIDS MOVIE SHOWING of “This animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. LOBBY WILL OPEN FOR ACTIVITIES AT NOON. MOVIE STARTS AT 2PM FREE EVENT!
Dec. 31, 5:00 & 8:00 PM Capitol Steps New Year’s Eve: RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH
A HUMOROUS LOOK AT SOME SERIOUS POLITICAL ISSUES.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, Tickets: (561)575-2223; www.jupitertheatre.org Billy Elliot, the Musical (Dec.1-20); The Will Rogers Follies, A life in revue: Jan. 12-31, 2016.
Lyric Theatre, Downtown Stuart
Dec. 20, 5:00 p.m.: The Nutcracker St. Lucie Ballet production displays gorgeous backdrops, exquisite props, beautiful costumes, dazzling special effects and exciting choreography that entertain all ages.
Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m.: On the Radio The Sounds of the 70’s on the radio. Mimi J and her talented dancers will take you on a tour through the biggest hits of the disco
decade. From “Let it Be” to “Proud Mary,” the musical revue will cover all the songs you know and love, and some you may have forgotten.
The Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart 34994 Phone: (772) 286-7827. Go online to www.lyrictheatre.com for full schedule that changes almost daily.
Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens
Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m.: The Indian River Pops Orchestra presents New Year’s Eve Gala. An evening of enduring musical memories.
Eissey Campus Theatre Located on the Palm Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State College. Ticket $35. Call (561) 207-5900 (Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm)
Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce
Dec. 26, 8:00 p.m.: The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays. The international singing sensations celebrate with a holiday show. Sunrise Theatre, 17 South Second Street Fort Pierce, 34950 Box Office: (772) 461-4775 (M-F 10am-4pm & 2 hours prior to performance.)