Scrooge, Marley and the Christmas ghosts can be a bit scary to little kids. But everybody loves "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer," a holiday classic since he first appeared on TV screens in the classic 1964 holiday film.
Now Rudolph and his merry crew are featured in "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," a holiday show that soars off the screen and onto the stage at Boston's Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., for 11 performances from Dec. 14-17.
All the favorite characters from the beloved Christmasmovie are featured, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, little Rudolph, whose glowing red nose helps Santa save Christmas.
The sweet adventure, perfect for little kids and the kid in every grown-up, teaches all that what makes you different can be what makes you special.
It's a holiday treat that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
The performance on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., will be American Sign Language and Open Captioned interpreted.
Tickets start at $38 and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, www.bochcenter.org or call 866-348-9738.
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FAMILY CLASSIC: American Repertory Theatre's A.R.T. Institute celebrates the season with performances of "Charlotte's Web," another beloved classic. Performances are Dec. 17-Jan. 7 in the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. The production is based on the E.B. White story, adapted by Joseph Robinette and directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky. It takes place on the Arable family farm. Here, a miracle is about to happen as Charlotte, a very special spider, hatches a plan to save her friend, young Wilbur the pig, from the butcher. The story and play, perfect for holiday viewing, depicts the joys and sacrifices of true friendship. The production features graduate students from the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training Class of 2018.
TAPAS TREATS: New Repertory Theatre presents "A Taste of Spain" on Sunday, Dec. 17. The event, presented in partnership with La Casa de Pedro restaurant and Flamenco Boston, celebrates the New Rep's current production of the musical classic "Man of La Mancha." It begins with a tapas buffet, featuring traditional Spanish tapas (small bites) at the eatery, 343 Arsenal St., Watertown, followed by a performance at 5:30 p.m., by Flamenco Boston in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Tickets are $55 for the tapas/flamenco package and $30 for just the flamenco concert and are available at 617-923-8487 or visit www.newrep.org.
A FAVORITE SCROOGE: David Coffee is at it again, reviving his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge in North Shore Music Theatre's 27th annual production of "A Christmas Carol" in Beverly. The musical version of the Charles Dickens classic is an original adaptation written specifically for NSMT by former Artistic Director Jon Kimbell. Running through Dec. 23, the best seats are available Sunday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 21, all at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.nsmt.org for details and tickets.
HOLIDAY PRESENTS: Looking ahead to its 2018 season, the Ogunquit Playhouse is offering three-show and five-show subscriptions to theater-goers. The season is still being finalized, but titles being considered include "An American in Paris," a 75th-anniversary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" and "42nd Street." Other titles will be announced in the coming months. The deadline for subscription renewal is Friday, Dec. 15. Call 207-646-5511 or visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.