Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.
Queenly homecoming at Acrosstown: The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s production of William Inge’s play “Come Back, Little Sheba” continues through Dec. 16. Directed by Jerry Rose, the 1950 drama tells the story of a frustrated married couple coping with regret and the effect that a young boarder has on them. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12, $10 for students, seniors, educators and military personnel, and can be purchased at Coffee Culture or at the door 30 minutes before showtime.
Carol of the Belles: The High Springs Community Theater’s holiday production is “Christmas Belles.” Directed by Mike McShane, the comedy tells the story of the intrepid, titular women of Fayro, Texas, and their quest to save the local Christmas play after the entire cast is stricken with food poisoning. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $11, $8 for ages 12 and younger, $9 for seniors on Sundays.
Holiday plays at the Hipp: The Hippodrome Theatre’s Christmas season features the return of “A Tuna Christmas,” which portrays the comical competition for the best yuletide lawn display in Tuna, Texas. The comedy alternates with Mary Hausch’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” a Gainesville tradition with Rusty Salling in his 23rd year as Ebenezer Scrooge. Performances run through Dec. 23 for “A Tuna Christmas” and through Dec. 22 for “A Christmas Carol.” For showtimes and tickets, call 375-4477.
Dreaming of a Christmas classic: Onstage at the Gainesville Community Playhouse is “White Christmas,” an adaptation of the classic 1954 film featuring such Irving Berlin songs as “I Love a Piano,” “Snow” and the title track. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. For tickets, call 376-4949.
20th cinderella: Danscompany of Gainesville presents its annual production of “Cinderella” on Saturday at the Phillips Center. The full-length ballet, a Gainesville tradition since 1993, includes a performance by the internationally known Jose Acevedo as the Prince. Performances begin at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Admission is $12, free for children 9 and younger with a new unwrapped toy or book as long as complimentary tickets are available.
Gainesville ‘Messiah’: The Gainesville Civic Chorus and the UF Choral Union perform Handel’s “Messiah” at University Auditorium on Saturday. The performance, conducted by Will Kesling, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, students and children; available by calling 392-2787.
Solstitial celebration: Gainesville Veterans for Peace hosts its 26th annual Winter Solstice Celebration to benefit the Helping Hands Clinic on Saturday. The event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship features musical performances from Lauren Robinson, John Chambers, Quartermoon, The Relics and others. The event begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10-$30 and attendees are invited to bring food or clothing items for donation.
One-night screening: A special late-night screening of Xan Aranda’s “Andrew Bird: Fever Year” begins at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome Cinema. Presented by the University of Florida’s Curation as Production class, the film is a documentary about Bird’s yearlong tour in which he suffered from a constant fever during the final months. The 2011 film, which features both concert performances and private moments, has been screened at more than 40 festivals worldwide and has received a number of awards.
Seasonal concerts on Sunday: The Alachua County Youth Orchestra performs in two annual concerts at the Phillips Center on Sunday. The first beginning at 4 p.m., is the 16th annual Holiday Traditions concert to benefit Stop Children’s Cancer. Tickets are $12, $6 for children and $30 for VIP tickets, which include a reception. Holiday Traditions features high school choirs and choruses from The Villages, P.K. Yonge and Santa Fe along with the Gainesville Youth Chorus and Concertina Choir. Also Sunday, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra performs its Winter Concert at the Phillips starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Sugarplum visions: Dance Alive National Ballet hosts three days of holiday-themed dance performances and events at the Phillips Center centered around its production of “The Nutcracker.” Performances begin in the Phillips Center on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 15-16 at 2 p.m. A Chocolate and Champagne Holiday Gala follows the Dec. 14 performance at 8 p.m., and Sugar Plum Tea parties are planned following performances on Dec. 15-16 at 4 p.m. Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $25-$35, $25 seniors and $15 for ages 18 and younger. Sugar Plum Tea admission is $15, and tickets for the gala are $100. For more information, call the box office at 392-2787.