Portland holidays: Stage, music events opening this week
It's back to normal, as far as holiday celebrating, and Portland has a full schedule of stuff to do in the next six weeks.
It began with "Elf The Musical" being staged in Lake Oswego, as well as "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" staging at The Armory.
Watch for our Holiday Happenings each week through Christmas in the Portland Tribune, and also on our website, portlandtribune.com.
Here's a rundown of events and attractions beginning in the next week:
Things to see
Shows already underway: "Elf The Musical" at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, see www.lakewood-center.org. … Previews have started for Portland Center Stage's "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," a reimagining of the beloved story, at The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave. The regular run is Nov. 25-Dec. 24; see more at www.pcs.org.
Broadway Rose's "A Very Merry PDX-mas" holiday revue combines classic carols, holiday pop songs and offbeat material. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, with 2 p.m. weekend matinees, Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Dec. 22 at Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard.
The show: A charming exploration of seasonal traditions and how the holidays continue to enchant us, inspire us, and drive us to the brink of insanity. Original songs include "PDX-mas," "Carol Of The Fans," "Green Christmas" and "The Re-Gifter's Lament."
For more: www.broadwayrose.org.
Portland Playhouse puts on a great "A Christmas Carol" each year, as the spirits guide Scrooge through a transformative journey toward love. It opens Friday, Nov. 25 and shows through Dec. 30.
For more: www.portlandplayhouse.org.
Arguably one of Portland's best holiday events, "Singing Christmas Tree" features some 300 singers and holiday music, dancing Santas and cinematic nativity, and passing on the message of peace, joy, hope and love. It stages Nov. 26-Dec. 4 at Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 N.W. Cornell Road.
For more: singingchristmastree.org.
The students and professionals of The Portland Ballet always put on entertaining shows. Its show "The Enchanted Toyshop" by John Clifford returns, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27 at Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.
Lauren Lane, TPB's associate artistic director, who performed in the original "Toyshop" in 2003, will reprise her role as Amelie, which she performed as a student in 2006 and 2007. Nick Le-Jurica, a former student who graduated from Juilliard and danced professionally in Salt Lake City, also performs, as a Cossack dancer.
The story: Two children are left behind in a toyshop, and the Blue Fairy brings to life a parade of dancing dolls to entertain the guests. Pinocchio, playing cards and poodles are all part of the fast-paced fun.
Clifford, an artistic adviser for The Portland Ballet who regularly works with its students, reorganized and added characters to the 1919 ballet that was originally choreographed by Leonide Massine and premiered by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. A Balanchine protégé and founder of Los Angeles Ballet, Clifford stages Balanchine ballets and sets his own choreography on companies around the world.
"I have a lot of humor in it," Clifford said. "The dancing is very sophisticated. There are about five or six roles that are high level."
For more: www.theportlandballet.org.
Harrison in Beaverton
Stay tuned for more information about Michael Allen Harrison's "Christmas at The Old Church" in December. But, he brings the show — he and singer Julianne Johnson and their lineup of talented singers/musicians — to Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 S.W. Crescent St. in Beaverton, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
Portland loves Storm Large, and the star singer/performer returns to the stage once again with her wicked charm and stunning vocals for "Storm Large Holiday Ordeal," a night of music, gags, gifts and special guests, 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27, at Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
"A Canadian Brass Christmas," 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, features the popular brass ensemble Canadian Brass.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes Portland an annual stop during the holidays, and this year it's 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Moda Center. The "Ghost of Christmas Eve" show will feature the group's fantastic light show and powerful sound, and surely a playing of the epic "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," as well as the likes of "O'Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy" and "Promises to Keep."
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