Night & Day diversions- December 12, 2017


Lilly Fife portrays the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jakob Pringle dances as Cavalier in CIDE’s “The Nutcracker.” (Submitted photo)

“The Nutcracker,” Zionsville Performing Arts Center, Zionsville

Spend the holidays with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble and witness Clara’s dreamlike journey with her Nutcracker Prince while being enchanted by Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cost: Adults $25 and students $18.



“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Civic Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Told entirely through song, the Civic Theatre production follows the journey of Joseph as he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers but uses his intelligence, wit and ability to interpret dreams to advance to become the right-hand man of Pharaoh.

7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec.16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 (continues through Jan. 7).

Cost: $31.50-$49.50.



“Festival of Carols,” The Palladium, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir presents its beloved holiday tradition featuring carols and holiday music performed by the ISC, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and special guest artists.

8 p.m. Dec. 15, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cost: $15 to $46.



“GHDT’s Holiday Special,” Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Academy, Carmel

New this season, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre offers a cabaret-style stage show featuring the telling of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Island of Misfit Toys” and “A Christmas Carol” through original choreography.

7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cost: $20.



“It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play,” Whitestown Municipal Complex Event Center, Whitestown

The Zionsville Little Theatre Company presents a “1940s live radio broadcast” stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved holiday classic film.

7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cost: $12.

More: 317-873-2547

“It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Play,” The Cat Theatre, Carmel

The CTC ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage in a “1940s live radio broadcast” of the classic story involving the idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and 2:30 Dec. 17.

Cost: $15-$20.



“A Beef & Boards Christmas,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

In the dinner theater’s 25th annual holiday production, a huge cast performs a glittering array of music and dance numbers, presented in a variety show format. The show will go on hiatus after this year.

1 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. and 8 p.m. Dec. 19 (continues through Dec. 23).

Cost: $47.50-$67.50 with $6 discounts for ages 3-15 (includes buffet dinner).

More:, 317-872-9664.


“A Christmas Carol,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

The theatre cast presents a one-hour musical adaptation of the yuletide Charles Dickens classic with traditional carols.

1 p.m. Dec. 12 and 8 p.m. Dec. 18 (final show 1 p.m. Dec. 22).

Cost: $26.50-$36.50 (includes buffet lunch).

More:, 317-872-9664.

“The Nutcracker,” The Theater at The Fort, Lawrence

The Dance Magic Performing Arts Center presents the magical tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince played to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

1 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17

Cost: Adults $10 and children $5.


“The Homecoming: A Walton’s Christmas Story,” Westfield Playhouse,” Westfield

Based on the popular “The Waltons” family TV show, at Christmas 1933 during the Great Depression, John Boy is sent to look for the father, John, who has yet to return home from work on Christmas Eve.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

Tickets: $10-$12.



“A Christmas Carol,” The Indiana Repertory Theatre Mainstage, Indianapolis

Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three lively ghosts on a dark, snowy journey that leads to a bright new day of joy, hope and renewal.

7 p.m., Dec. 15, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 (continues through Dec. 24).

Cost: From $25.

More:, 317-635-5252


BTI to present ‘The Nutcracker’ — Carmel-based Ballet Theatre of Indiana will perform seven shows of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 21-24 at the Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum. For tickets, visit


Dugan to perform at The Cat — Comedian Dave Dugan will perform a comedy show called “Holiday Hijinks!” at The Cat Theatre, 254 1st Ave. SW, Carmel, at 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Patchwork, a musical group, will open with a set of holiday songs. For more, visit

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