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Met Picks: Holiday Edition

Keeping you in the spirit from Dec 11-13

By Laura Dannen December 11, 2009

FRIDAY:
Even if you’re not feeling particularly sentimental, ACT Theatre’s annual favorite A Christmas Carol will have you crying quietly and giving money to the busker playing Christmas tunes downstairs by its end. It’s that good.

It’s an economical production: 90 minutes, no intermission; a sparse set (with well-used trapdoors); and script adapted straight from Dickens’ novella. But it leaves plenty of room for the actors to stretch. R. Hamilton Wright turned in a great performance as Scrooge last night, alternating neatly between snarling misery and wide-eyed jigging. He’s taking turns as the lead with ACT’s artistic director, Kurt Beattie, who’s back as Scrooge for the first time in 10 years. Two local stage veterans mastering a classic? Yes please.
Now through December 27.

SATURDAY:

Holiday Pops with Cirque de la Symphonie features the Seattle Symphony playing holiday favorites, fronted by a national touring group of aerialists, dancers, jugglers, strongmen, and mimes. We’ve never seen people juggle to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker before…until now. Tickets going quickly; shows Friday through Sunday.

SUNDAY:

The Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque Orchestra return to Town Hall with the best rendition of Handel’s Messiah you’ll likely hear this year. Since this oratorio has been performed regularly since, um, 1742, it’s hard to imagine a new spin on it, but we expect good things from the SBO now that its co-founders, violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, have returned.

Looking for non-holiday outings this weekend? Click here.

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