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From left, Stephen Griffin, Susan Christophy, Victoria Sexton and Thomas Sanders rehearse for the musical "White Christmas" at the Gainesville Community Playhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla.

Matt Benson/Correspondent
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:19 p.m.



What's Ahead

“A Tuna Christmas”: Annual comedic play set in Tuna, Texas, 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $15-$35. (375-4477)
Second Annual Toy Drive: Marathon of 24-hour piano playing by Tim Buie to collect toys for Shands Children's Hospital, 5 p.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar, 112 S. Main St. (514-0735)
“Mommy And Me On Stage”: Join Dance Alive dancers onstage during the final dress rehearsal of “The Nutcracker,” 5 p.m., Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Cost: $50 per child or adult. (371-2986)
Museum Nights, Kwanzaa: Special program features musical performances and tours of African-American and African works, 6-9 p.m., Harn Museum of Art, Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street. Free. (392-9826)
“Come Back, Little Sheba”: Drama about a couple's remorse and redemption, final shows 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $10-$12.
Gainesville Pops Christmas Concert: Wind ensemble performs classic carols and tunes from such shows as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 3 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First St. Free.
Cupcakes and Urban Ecotour: Explore downtown Gainesville and area neighborhoods on a 2.5-mile hike, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, meet at the Hippodrome, 25 SE Second Place. Cost: $15. (904-704-4087)

For good cheer this season, the Gainesville Community Playhouse is filling its theater with “White Christmas” in more ways than one. But you'll have to see the musical based on the 1954 film, which features such popular songs by Irving Berlin as the title track, to get that drift. The production, which features a special “surprise” at the end, runs through Dec. 23 at the Vam York Theater.

“White Christmas”: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23, Gainesville Community Playhouse, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets: $10-$16. (376-4949)


Dance Alive National Ballet's Nutcracker Festival at the Phillips Center begins with Wednesday's “Mommy and Me On Stage” and continues Friday through Sunday with performances of “The Nutcracker.” Also planned are post-show Sugar Plum Teas on Saturday and Sunday, and the annual Chocolate & Champagne Gala at 8 p.m. Saturday. For prices and details, call the box office at 392-2787 or Dance Alive at 371-2986.

“The Nutcracker”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Phillips Center. Tickets: $15-$35. (392-2787)


The Hippodrome Theatre's 35th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” — with Rusty Salling in his 23rd year as Ebenezer Scrooge — continues on the mainstage, where it alternates in performances with “A Tuna Christmas” through Dec. 22.

“A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, Hippodrome Theatre. Tickets: $30-$35, $25 senior citizens, $15 students. (375-4477,


The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus joins the Gainesville Barbegators for two performances of their Christmas program, “Holiday Harmonies,” on Saturday at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall.

“Holiday Harmonies”: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College. Tickets: $15. (395-4181,


“Ice Age: Continental Drift,” animated

“The Bourne Legacy,” action

“Ted,” comedy

“Backwards,” drama


“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”


“I Funny: A Middle School Story,” James Patterson

“Two Graves,” Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

“Unbeatable: Tom Osborne and the Greatest Era of Nebraska Football,” Henry J. Cordes, Henry Cordes

“Opal,” Jennifer L. Armentrout


“Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars

“Jesus Piece,” The Game

“The Music of Nashville,” soundtrack

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” soundtrack

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