10-Day Forecast


“Come Back, Little Sheba,” with, from left, Robert Jammer, Mark Kirby and Ethan Perry, runs through Sunday at the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy of Rachel Wayne)

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.

Dec. 13-16:

Queenly homecoming at Acrosstown: Final performances of the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s production of “Come Back, Little Sheba” are Friday-Sunday. William Inge’s 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. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Dec. 13-16:

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.

Dec. 13-23:

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.

Dec. 13-23:

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.

Dec. 14-16:

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 Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. A Chocolate and Champagne Holiday Gala follows Saturday’s performance at 8 p.m., and Sugar Plum Tea parties are planned following performances on Saturday and Sunday 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.

Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22:

Transcontinental X-Mas express: The High Springs Leos and Lions Club present their “Holiday Celebration Around The World” event, highlighting how people from across the globe celebrate their winter holidays. The site features informative lights and decorations as well as a children’s train ride and Santa’s workshop. The activities are open from dusk to 10 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item in lieu of donation.

Dec. 15:

Dixie Desperadoes ride again: Adding another date to a string of reunion concerts, Gainesville’s own Dixie Desperados play their second annual Winter Party at High Dive. The band made a name for themselves in the 1970s in Florida and the Southeast with their blend of country and Southern rock, sharing the stage with major touring acts. This year, the Desperados will be joined by special guests Michael Claytor and Sam Moss. Attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Gainesville Community Ministry. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., advance tickets $10, $12 door.

Dec. 15:

Holiday harmonies: The Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus and the Gainesville Barbergators stage two Christmas concerts together on Saturday at Santa Fe College. Gainesville’s foremost “barbershop” style vocal ensembles will take the stage at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall. Admission is $15. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Santa Fe College Scholarship Fund Collegiate Veterans Society.

Dec. 16:

A ‘Bright Christmas’: On Sunday at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall, the Gainesville Community Band performs its annual Christmas concert, which features a variety of works including Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” Sammy Nestico’s “A Fireside Christmas” and Sean O’Loughlin’s arrangement of “Fantasy on Good King Wenceslas.” The performance begins at 2 p.m. with tickets available by donation at the door.

Dec. 21-22:

Danish dance: The Gainesville Ballet Theatre stages its production of “The Little Match Girl” based on the story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The holiday production tells the story of a poor little girl keeping herself warm by the matches her father is forcing her to sell while being visited by her grandmother’s ghost. Performances are planned Dec. 21 at 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students, seniors and children on Friday; $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger on Saturday. Children 8 and younger receive free admission on Saturday with an unwrapped, new toy of $10 or more value.

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