Published: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.
PUPPET-PALOOZA, SOME STRINGS ATTACHED: Austria’s Salzburg Marionette Theatre, celebrating its centennial, wraps its run at the Phillips Center with two performances Friday. The company performs “Alice in Wonderland” and the “Ring Cycle” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. respectively Friday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children, $10 for UF students, available by calling 392-2787 or through Ticketmaster.com.
Nov. 29-Dec. 22:
CHRIST CAROL RE-IMAGINED: Beginning Friday, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre stages a production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula. The play offers a new spin on the Dickens’ classic, and imagines the ghost of Jacob Marley and Scrooge’s former business partner of the original, mounting a behind-the-scenes campaign to save Ebenezer’s soul. Performances begin Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.
Nov. 29-Dec. 22:
RHYME TIME: The Gainesville Community Playhouse stages the Broadway musical “Seussical” featuring Dr. Seuss creations old and new for the holiday season starting Friday. Performances begin Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16, $10 for students and seniors.
Nov. 29-Dec. 22:
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: The Hippodrome Theatre reprises two of its most popular Christmas productions. “A Tuna Christmas” tells the stories of residents of the small town of Tuna, Texas, all played by two actors, in a tizzy over the annual Christmas contest. The Hipp’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” starring Rusty Stalling, is a Gainesville institution. Tickets are $30-$35 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for children and students. For the first 10 days, the Hipp is offering a “2 for $20” admission to “A Tuna Christmas” and free admission for kids with the donation of a canned good and an unwrapped toy. Showtimes for “A Tuna Christmas” are Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 22. Showtimes for “A Christmas Carol” are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 2 an 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 21.
Nov. 29-Jan. 20:
TUBULAR TOUR STOP: The Florida Museum of Natural History hosts two new exhibits through the first of the year: “Surf Science — Waves and Wildlife,” which examines ecosystems on beaches and in the surf, and “Surfing Florida — A Photographic History,” which celebrates the history of surfing in Florida and around the world with interactive exhibits. Admission to both exhibits is $4 for adults, $3.50 for Florida residents and college students, $3 for children and free for UF students and museum members. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (closed today for Thanksgiving) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The exhibits continue through Jan. 20, 2014.
SEASONAL SOUNDS SPECTACULAR: The Phillips Center hosts the UF School of Music’s annual Christmas concert. The show will feature UF’s Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Chorale, Men’s Glee Club, the Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale and the Santa Fe College Dance Department performing Christmas favorites. The event will be hosted UF President Bernie Machen and Chris Machen and will be conducted by Will Kesling with Jean Hickman and Nate Pence. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with tickets to be distributed at the Phillips Center box office.
MEMORY LANE: The group known for recreating a small-town band’s days of yore in rural Tennessee, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, will present Christmas favorites in an old-timey manner at UF’s University Auditorium on Dec. 6. Tickets are $2-$30, $10 for UF students. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
IF THE SHOE FITS ... : Danscompany of Gainesville performs “Cinderella” as its traditional holiday dance production Dec. 7. Performances begin at 1:30 and at 7 p.m. at UF’s Phillips Center. Admission is $15, free for children 9 and younger with the donation of an unwrapped new toy or book.
POPPIN’ OFF: The Gainesville Pops, a local group of professional musicians, educators and dedicated hobbyists dedicated to performing light favorites, performs its annual Christmas concert, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” at the First United Methodist Church. The group will perform “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Hall,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and more. The concert begins at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
GLOW, TANNENBAUM: The Thomas Center and the City of Gainesville hosts their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The free program features caroling from the Singers of the Reformation and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus with music on hammered dulcimer and autoharp by Jim and Joy Lillquist. Light refreshments will be served.