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Merry and bright

From jazz pianists to Broadway-style dancing, the holidays will be anything but boring.

Jenn Scott December 5th, 2012

Holiday on Broadway

White Christmas: The Musical
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main, Norman

Adapted from the beloved 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, this musical finds war veterans Bob and Phil singing and dancing their way after showbiz sisters Betty and Judy. The quartet ends up at a Vermont lodge, where snow falls, romance sparkles and songs are merry and bright.

American Spirit: Home for the Holidays
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder

Students from OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management will show you what they’ve got in this annual Broadway-style dance extravaganza. Expect a reverent nativity as well as popular numbers like “March of the Toy Soldiers” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

A Christmas Carol
11 a
.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at OCU
2501 N. Blackwelder

Theatre OCU and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre team up to present another holiday classic: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Follow the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

Home for the Holidays


Christmas Vespers: Songs of Comfort and Joy
8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at OCU
2501 N. Blackwelder

The 34th annual Christmas Vespers will include more than 250 OCU singers and orchestral musicians. Enjoy an instrumental prelude, spotlighting the university’s symphony orchestra and organ students.

Hip Hop Nutcracker

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Bishop McGuinness High School
801 N.W. 50th

Race Dance collaborates with four Oklahoma City Public School dance programs for a twist on a classic fave. Hip Hop Nutcracker tells the venerable holiday story through hip-hop music and dance, all while combining real-world issues in an urban setting.

The Nutcracker
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 16
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker

It doesn’t feel like the holiday season in the metro until you see a performance of this seasonal favorite, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic performing the gorgeous Tchaikovsky score. This year, Penelope the Hippo, Oklahoma City Ballet’s new children’s mascot, will be making appearances before and after shows; follow @okcballet for updates.

Boogie Woogie Christmas
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
UCO Jazz Lab
100 E. Fifth, Edmond

Get jazzy with the annual holiday musical revue. Now in its 11th year, Boogie Woogie Christmas has become an Edmond tradition. The show features a cast of 10 musical theater student vocalists and two vocal/ dance ensembles. The music will include traditional and contemporary holiday tunes from “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to “I Want to Spend Christmas with Elvis.”

Christmas Lite
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Petree R
ecital Hall, OCU
2501 N. Blackwelder

Delight in the Sallee Jazz Quartet, with well-known composer and pianist Mary Sallee, and the Windsong Chamber Choir. You’ll enjoy many favorite holiday songs, plus the world premiere of Ariel Quintana’s Quem Vidistis Pastores.

Holiday on Broadway
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13
Bruce Owen Theater
Oklahoma City Community College
7777 S. May

Catch the spirit of the season with entertainers like Raymond Saar, Diane Ketchie, Valerie Perri and Scott Harlan. Audiences will enjoy favorite numbers from Broadway, film and TV alongside humorous twists on your yuletide faves. Come celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings’ Day as the best of Broadway takes you on a musical journey around the globe.

Sister's Christmas Catechism

Sister's Christmas Catechism
8 p.m. Dec. 18
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker

Think CSI: Bethlehem in this holiday show. Sister takes on the mystery that has plagued historians for ages: What happened to the Magi’s gold? It’s a fun spin on the story of the nativity, as well as a healthy dose of comedy. Sister will have help from a local choir and some audience members as she creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen.

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