On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre

By Brian P. Sharp

Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres

“Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse

You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be entertained. There is something about a night of seeing kids having fun on stage in a version of a traditional Christmas story. This family favorite tugs on heartstrings reminding us what is really important about this holiday and this time of year. With visions from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, we get to see things through a different set of eyes. Directed by Bobby Mitchum with Musical Direction by Lindsay Sherman, this cast puts together a great evening of holiday fun. There are lovely tender moments in this story. “Scrooge” runs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at
www.daytonplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 937.424.8477. The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., in the Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark.  

Zoot Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” at The Dayton Art Institute

“A Christmas Carol” runs through Dec. 15 at The Dayton Art Institute.  It is nice to see the stage in use at The Dayton Art Institute and used by a local theatre troop that brings to life another holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” as you have probably never seen it before. Zoot Theatre Company continues to impress by bringing theatre to life in new ways. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to take in a classic in a new way.

This traditional tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley is given an entirely new twist. A new adaptation of the Dickens classic featuring a small cast and puppets galore bring everything together.

Performances take place in the NCR Renaissance Auditorium inside the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmont Park North. Tickets range in price from $12 to $18 and can be purchased online at www.daytonartinstitute.org or by calling 937.223.4278.

Troy Civic Theatre presents “Annie”

Always a favorite any time of year, “Annie” is being produced through Dec. 15 in Troy. “Annie,” still popular after all these years, is a  Tony Award-winning musical based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. It is nearly impossible to not sing along with songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

Barrie Van Kirk is directing with cast members that include Kayleigh Gleason in the title role, James Trzeciak as Daddy Warbucks, Lori Robinson as Agatha Hannigan, Joe Meyer as Rooster Hannigan and Indy in the role of Sandy.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 937.339.7700. Tickets are $16. Seating is first come first served with 100 seats available. Productions are at The Barn in the Park, located on Adams Street in the Troy Community Park, across from Hobart Arena. 

Mayhem and Mystery present “Christmas Pageant Crisis”

We have all experienced a Christmas pageant gone wrong … this one includes dinner. This holiday season, the folks at Mayhem and Mystery give us another who-done-it. This story surrounds the Glad Tidings Players, who perform a Christmas pageant every year. One thing for which they are famous is that they have had the same players in lead roles for ten years. This year is record-breaking. Is it because of the lead actors or because all that is going wrong with this production? The farmer has sold his farm, the angels are on strike and we have shepherds allergic to hay in a stable that’s been condemned.

Performances are held at The Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Mondays Dec. 17 and 31 and Wednesdays Dec. 19 and 26. Reservations are required and can be made at 937.461.3913.  Tickets are $25.95 per person for dinner and the show – tax and gratuity are not included. Scripts are written by locals Jerry and Tamra Francis.  

You still have time to make reservations for one, two or more of these great shows. If you are stuck for what gift to give that difficult individual, give the gift of the arts. Invite a friend out for the evening and enjoy some of Dayton’s best holiday theatre options.

Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP food critic Brian P. Sharp at BrianSharp@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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