WNY Winter Holiday Events: Buffalo Area Theater

The turkey is gone. The house is cleaned up. The tree is up. The cut-out cookies are baked and frosted. You survived Black Friday. The presents are wrapped. The kids had a great report card for the first marking period. OK, we might be stretching it a bit, but you still have the energy to think about and do something with the family to “get in the spirit” of the season. Plus you need a break!

These events seem to sneak up on you and can often cost a small fortune. Picking the right one is often a task since not everyone in the family likes the same thing. In the coming weeks we will scurry about and post some of the items we come across in the area.

One of our favorite types of activities to help think about the meaning of this time of year and how it reminds us of our humanity and need to love and be loved as a person, family and as part of the global family is a holiday play. Plays, and to a degree movies, help one escape their personal troubles and understand a bit about how another feels about situations that we have encountered, hope would occur for us or dread possibly ever happening to us. Plays are a great way to bring the family together and discuss the meaning that is primary for each member. It is always interesting to hear what part of the play was most memorable, had the most meaning, was the funniest, was the saddest or helped understand the meaning of the season.

In our family Studio Arena was always a great place to see outstanding performances of plays like A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, and local playwright Tom Dudzick’s world class plays including  Over the Tavern and Greetings!. Studio Arena is sadly a victim of the “Great Recession” and is now gone, but there are still a wealth of great theater options in the WNY Buffalo Region as the following list shows:

A Christmas StoryLancaster Opera House Nov. 25th. – Dec. 11th.

Christmas Belles Theater in the Mist Dec. 2nd. – Dec 11th.

A Class ActMusicalFare Theater Nov. 25th. – Dec. 11th.

It’s a Wonderful LifeGhostlight Theater Dec. 2nd. – Dec. 18th.

Jingle Bells, Batman SmellsTheater of Youth Dec. 2nd. – Dec. 18th.

Willy WonkaTowne Players, Sheridan Parkside Comunity Center Dec. 2nd. – Dec. 11th.

Scrooge the MusicalLockport Palace Theater Dec. 1st. – Dec. 4th.

Once Upon a Celtic ChristmasErie Community College North Nov. 25th. – Dec. 18th.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerLancaster Opera House Dec. 16th. – Dec. 21st.

Peter PanNew Phoenix Theater Nov 26th. – Dec. 23rd.

The DeadIrish Classical Theater Co. Dec. 1st. – Dec. 18th.

Let us know if we missed any other great holiday theatre events!

Sometime later this week we will post theater events for the Rochester area and look at the holiday music scene in both areas. Remember ‘I’m dreaming of a green Christmas’ especially since my foot is broke and I can’t put on the skis or skates at the moment!


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