|The Goodman’s Christmas Carol is one of over 13 playing in Chicagoland this December|
The holidays are always a good time to go to the theatre. It’s a time of joy, school kids are off, parents often have vacation time coming. And there’s no shortage of holiday shows to see. According to Theatre in Chicago’s Holiday Play Listings, there are over 50 Holiday plays performing in the Chicagoland area during the month of December. This does not include special Hallelujah events or other more musical events, including the Symphony’s numerous holiday events and the Lyric Opera’s production of Magic Flute.
This does includes at least 5 Nutcrackers (and I know of at least one Nutcracker on Ice in Evanston not on the list), 3 versions of It’s A Wonderful Life , Two takes on A Charlie Brown Christmas, One takeoff on Lethal Weapon (Yippee Ki Yay, Merry Christmas) and thirteen (yes 13) versions of A Christmas Carol.
How many different ways can you tell the story of Scrooge? Well, let’s see. There is a Comedy Roast of Scrooge, a Second City send-up of Christmas Carol, a Klingon Christmas Carol, a Steampunk Christmas Carol (both performed at the same theatre, so maybe they just know their demographics?) There’s also Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. And about 7 more takes on the story!)
While I agree that the story of Scrooge and his redemption is a classic, there are other stories worth telling. I’ve put together a list of 7 great kid friendly holiday shows that are not A Christmas Carol.
If you don’t see a show you like, please peruse the Theatre In Chicago full list. I’m sure you will find something of interest. Please note that not all of the shows on the list are family friendly.
Hope you and your family enjoy your Holiday at the theatre!
PLEASE NOTE: A version of this article appeared on Dadapalooza.com
FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOWS THAT ARE NOT CHRISTMAS CAROL
|The Snow Queen at Piccolo Theatre|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas at Broadway Playhouse|