OPENING THIS WEEK
- “A CHRISTMAS CAROL —THE WHOLE STORY”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, also 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Actor’s Theatre of New Orleans presents René Piazza’s unique take on the Dickens classic. $10 adults, $5 children/students. (504) 885-2113.
- “A CREOLE CHRISTMAS IN COVINGTON”: 4 p.m. Sunday, Furhmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington. Don Vappie & Friends headline a holiday musical program that kicks off the OnSTAGE in Covington cultural season at the auditorium. Free tickets recommended at Covington Trailhead Office (419 N. New Hampshire St.) and Covington City Hall (317 N. Jefferson Ave.). (985) 898-4715. covla.com.
- “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: 7 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation benefit performance and broadcast of the classic radio theater adaptation of the film with local anchorman Mike Hoss as the narrator. $25. Printed ticket required. nolavoicetalent.org/iawl-2015
- “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Friday, also 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. New Orleans Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Gregory and Marjorie Schramel, bring the world of the young Clara and her nutcracker to life. $25 and up. (504) 210-0222. neworleansballettheatre.com.
- “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, also 2 p.m. Sunday; Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Delta Festival Ballet, under the direction of Joseph and Maria Giacobbe, presents the holiday classic, featuring soloist Irina Sapozhnikova and Joseph Phillips and more than 100 local dancers. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies. $28 and up. (504) 888-0931. deltafestivalballet.com.
- “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m. Friday, also Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. Southern Youth Ballet, in partnership with Slidell Little Theatre, present the classic ballet. $10. (985) 643-0556. slidelllittletheatre.org.
- “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society brings more than 100 dancers under the direction of Diane Carney and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf, in the premiere grand ballet at the center. $40 and up. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.
- “NUTCRACKER SWING”: 3 p.m. Sunday, McDonogh 35 High School, 4000 Cadillac St., New Orleans. The Ellis Marsalis Ensemble, Davell Crawfod, EMCM Jazz Orchestra and the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre present Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s swinging version of the classic ballet. $30 advance, $35 door. (504) 535-4325. thenutcrackerswing.eventbrite.com.
- “THE SANTALAND DIARIES” AND “SEASON’S GREETINGS”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by Rockfire Theatre’s Kevin Murphy, these works by David Sedaris are an evening of off-kilter merriment. In “Diaries,” a cynical New York newbie with soap opera aspirations chronicles his (mis)adventures toiling as Crumpet the elf in Macy’s Santaland, based on Sedaris’ experience working in retail. “Greetings” recounts Jocelyn Dunbar’s Christmas letter to friends and family, that despite legal troubles, she is doing her best to keep the holiday spirit alive — and correct rumors. $15. brownpapertickets.com/event/2465025.
- “A TELEVISION CHRISTMAS SPECIAL”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, MY54, WUPL-TV, New Orleans. The Anthony Bean Community Theater presents a televised holiday variety show, with appearances by Sally Ann Roberts, Michael “Soulman: Baptiste, T Ray the Violinist, Sharon Martin, Caesar Michael Elloie and Meters founder Leo Nocentelli, plus the singing and dance talents of the ABCT kids. (504) 862-7529. anothonybeantheater.com.
- “THE TEN TENORS — HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Australian ensemble of tenors bring their holiday show to New Orleans, with traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. $38 and up. (504) 274-4870. orpheumnola.com.
- “THE AMAZING ACRO-CATS’ ‘MEOWY CATMUS IN MEW ORLEANS’ ”: Various times and dates through Dec. 20; The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. This troupe of former stray felines entertains with a holiday show. A portion of the proceeds are donated to animal welfare. $23 and up. (504) 638-6326. thetheatreatstclaude.com.
“THE BLUEST EYE”: 7:30 P.M. THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, 3 P.M. SUNDAY; LE PETIT THEATRE DU VIEUX CARRE, 616 ST. PETER ST., NEW ORLEANS. STAGE ADAPTATION OF TONI MORRISON’S WORK ABOUT THE LEGACY OF RACISM IN A SMALL OHIO TOWN. $35 AND UP. (504) 522-2081. LEPETITTHEATRE.COM.
- “CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Nims Theatre, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. John “Spud” McConnell brings Ebenezer Scrooge to life in the classic retelling of this heartwarming tale of redemption and holiday spirit. $15 and up. southernrep.com.
- “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Bayou Playhouse, 101 Main St., Lockport. Commedia dell’Arte adaptation of classic Dickens tale. $25 advance, $27 door. 1 (888) 992-2968. bayouplayhouse.com.
“HAPPY END”: 7:30 P.M. THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY; ALLWAYS LOUNGE, 2240 ST. CLAUDE AVE., NEW ORLEANS. BERTOLT BRECHT AND KURT WEILL’S FOLLOW-UP TO “THE THREEPENNY OPERA,” THIS SHOW IS A VARIATION ON THE CLASSIC GOOD AND EVIL BATTLE. $20 AND UP. (504) 218-5778. THEALLWAYSLOUNGE.COM.
- “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE —A LIVE RADIO PLAY”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 :30 p.m. Sunday; 30 x Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette St., Mandeville. Adaptation of holiday classic film as a live 1940s-style broadcast. $10 and up. 1 (844) 843-3090. facebook.com/30xninety.
- “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS BURLESQUE”: 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A sexy, satirical twist on Tim Burton’s classic film of Jack Skellington’s investigation of Christmas. $12 and up. (504) 298-8676. oldmarquer.com.
- “SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS”: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Mapg’s 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company presents Williams’ story of a cast of characters stranded in a bar in an immersive environment. $20 and up. (504) 264-2580. twtheatrenola.com.
- “THE VICTORY BELLES PRESENT A SWINGIN’ CHRISTMAS”: Through Dec. 30, various days; 11:45 a.m. seating for buffet, 12:45 p.m. show; Wednesday; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. The canteens trio celebrates the holiday music that kept the spirit of the season burning during the war years. $30 and up. (504) 528-1944, ext. 273. nationalww2museum.org.
- “THE WINTER’S TALE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project brings one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful and haunting plays to life in the Great Hall of the museum. $30, $20 students/NOMA members/Backstage Pass members. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
- “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 through Jan. 3 at various times, including New Year’s Eve and Day; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The Disney classic comes to life in a dazzling show about the bookish Belle and the prince changed into a beast by an enchantress. $50 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE”: Opening 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 27; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The television phenomenon comes to Canal Street in their “Dance All Night Tour.” Army National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos will be joining his season 21 partner, Lindsay Arnold Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Brittany Cherry, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater. $45 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- “DITZYLAND!”: Opening 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Fridays and Saturdays plus New Year’s Eve, through Jan. 16; Café Istanbul, Healing Arts Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Varla Jean Merman skewers Uncle Walt’s most treasured animated features, joining in this adult send-up of fairy tale madness by Sean Patterson, Ricky Graham and Jefferson Turner on piano. $25. ditzyland.eventbrite.com.
- “DUBLIN CAROL”: Opening 7 p.m. Dec. 27, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 10, 5 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10; Playhouse NOLA, 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans. Conor McPherson’s deep, delicate story of forgiveness and redemption with Michael Martin, Mason Joiner and Viviane Wolfe. Donations at the door. Reservations email@example.com. (800) 383-4989.
- “LIGHTWIRE THEATER —A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS”: Opening 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Illuminating production for all ages with special effects, dancing and lights. $18 and up. (504) 274-4870. orpheumnola.com.
- “MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER”: Opening 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 26, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Experience the artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand-crafted sets and costumes in this international production. $32 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
- AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, La Nuit Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.
- COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Howlin’ Wolf, 907 S. Peters St., New Orleans. Open mic with seasoned performers. comedygumbeaux.com.
- COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
- NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. (504) 891-3381.
- THURSDAYJACK: 8 p.m., Thursdays in December, Castle Theatre, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Jodi Borrello with the Mike Liuzza Band. $8 and up. (504) 287-4707. castle501.com.
- “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE”: 7 p.m., Jan. 4-5, Playmakers Inc., 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. Classic Agatha Christie saga of singular eliminations of guests in a secluded home. (985) 893-1671. playmakersinc.com.