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A roundup of holiday-themed productions of Tri-State area theaters

November 19, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

It's not Thanksgiving yet, but local theaters are offering a remedy for those who are about ready to trade in their turkeys for Christmas trees. Community theater troupes are rolling out holiday and Christmas plays that include seasonal favorites like "A Christmas Carol" and some original works. We've rounded up a few of those productions.

WASHINGTON COUNTY



'That Holiday Feeling'

Continues 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 20, which is also the last 1 p.m. matinee date. Closed Thanksgiving weekend. Says the Playhouse, this show will leave a warm and fuzzy impression. $35 adults; $31 students and seniors; $20 for children. Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. The main entrance is at the rear lot. Call 301-739-7469 or go to www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com .

Cowboy Christmas Dinner & Show

Continues through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Drama with music and dance, plus record-holding roper Andy Rotz and other Western-spun entertainment. Antietam Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Hagerstown. For tickets and the full schedule, call 301-797-7999 or go to

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www.antietamrecreation.com.

Holly Fest

7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Free event features local children's choruses, dance groups and other performers after the tree lighting in Public Square. Free admission, no tickets required. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

'Christmas Revue'

Friday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 20. Show No. 2 in the Potomac Playmakers' 84th season is being billed as "a Playmakers special event." $10, general admission. The Academy Theater, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. 301-797-8182, reservations@potomacplaymakers.com . Web: www.potomacplaymakers.com .

FREDERICK COUNTY



'All Lit Up: A MET Christmas'

Opens 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 4. A comedic Christmas cabaret with a MET spin whose characters include hippies, hobos and Richard Simmons. Continues through Saturday, Jan. 2. Go to www.marylandensemble.org .for show times and dates. Tickets $23.50 to $6.50. Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. Call 301-694-4744 or go to www.marylandensemble.org ..

'MET -Christmas Carol'

Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Maryland Ensemble Theater and its family-friendly troupe, the Fun Company, present the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the three ghosts who help a miserly Scrooge see Christmas in a new light. Shows set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19., and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. $22, general admission; $20, senior and students; $11 children. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Downtown Frederick, Md. Call 301-600-2828 or go to www.weinbergcenter.org

WEST VIRGINIA



'A Christmas Carol'

Opens 8 p.m.. Friday, Nov. 27. A dramatic reading using Dickens's adaptation of his own story. Continues 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 6. Full Circle Theater Company, 113 S. Princess St. Shepherdstown, W.Va. For tickets and other information, call 304-268-7798 or e-mail info@fullcircletheaterco.org. Web: www.fullcircletheaterco.org

'Miracle on 34th Street'

Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The classic story about an uptight store manager and her daughter, who fail to appreciate the magic of Christmas until they meet a guy claiming to be the one-and-only Kris Kringle. Could it be so? Shows continue various times through Sunday, Dec. 13. Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town. W.Va. Go to www.old opera house.org for schedule. Tickets cost $8 to $17. Call 304-725-4420.

'White Christmas'

Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. A musical stage adaptation of the book and movie of the same name. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Dec., 20. Special 7:30 p.m. show Thursday, Dec. 17. Adults $15, students $7. Sunday matinee $12. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St. Martinsburg, W.Va. Call 304-263-6766 or go to www.apollo-theatre.org

PENNSYLVANIA



'Light'

2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Shepherds and wise men discover the "LIGHT" of the first Christmas. Production presented by King Street Church and includes the church's 80-voice choir and 40-piece orchestra. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa. The campus address is 1871 Old Main Drive. General Admission, $8; student and senior admission, $5. For tickets and information, go to www.kingstreetchurch.com/light or call 717-264-4651.

'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Opens 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Chambersburg Community Theatre presents its perennial family production whose plot prods audiences to find new meaning in the Christmas story. Continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Go to www .thecapitoltheatre.org for full schedule. Advance tickets cost $12 general admission or $8 child/student admission. At the door: $15 or $10. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-263-0202, e-mail boxoffice@thecapitoltheatre.org, or go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org

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