So, what’s to do for the remaining three and a half weeks until Christmas, you ask? I am so glad you did. Because there are some cool things to go see between now and the big day. To help you out, we have compiled a handy-dandy list of the cream of the crop, presented in no particular order. From Christmas classics to a homegrown local scandal, there’s something for everyone.
Get out there and get yourself a ticket ... or 10. You deserve it!
1. A Christmas Carol — The original holiday special is now in its third season at Lyric at the Plaza. Spend the evening with Scrooge and company as they tell the story of one man’s transformation by the magic of the holidays. Charles Dickens’ story was an instant classic when it was published in 1843 and remains untarnished by age.
2. The Nutcracker — Oklahoma City Ballet performs the Christmas classic for all ages. Encouraging the young and young at heart to get in the spirit of the holidays and make new holiday traditions, helpers will be on hand prior to all performances in the lobby to help write letters to Santa and send them to the North Pole.
3. The Brian Setzer Orchestra Presents: Christmas Rocks! — The rocking-est rockabilly composer will perform holiday classics and his own hits with his 18-piece orchestra Friday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tulsa. Put on your boogie shoes for this one, but leave the kids at home. Guests must be 21 to attend.
4. The Spectacular Christmas Band, aka Colourmusic, will be doing something nice for all of us on Friday by performing selections from its new limited-release Christmas disc, A Very Special Colourmusic Christmas, at 51st Street Speakeasy. And even nicer? The show is free, regardless of how naughty you have been! Be sure to bring some cash for cocktails at the popular watering hole and snag several copies of the album (including colored vinyl) for your friends, the office intern and any Dirty Santa game into which you’ve been suckered. You’ll change the game and be the hit of the party. Go ahead and get a sitter, though: You might want to preserve your little one’s hearing for a few more years.
5. A Territorial Christmas Carol — Keep it local! The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie has performed this Okie classic to packed houses for 26 years. This retelling of the holiday story transplants the characters of Dickens’ story to Oklahoma during the Land Run.
6. Arena-rock titans Trans-Siberian Orchestra will put the metal in your holidays with the final installment of their Christmas trilogy, The Lost Christmas Eve, on Dec. 21 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
7. The SandRidge Reindeer Run — Why has this made its way onto a list of things to see? Because it is sure to be a spectacle. This 5k benefit will feature a costume contest, encouraging participants to dress up or at the very least wear their craziest socks. It’s sure to be a hoot, whether you’re participating or just showing up to cheer on those braving the cold to help raise money for a good cause. The festivities get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday, downtown at Leadership Square.
8. Eggnog IV: A New Hope — Local, funky and independent Ghostlight Theatre brings you another way to deal with your inner Scrooge: Keep him laughing! This almost-improv show is prepared in only one week’s time and deals with the inherent ridiculousness of the season in all its glory. Leave the kiddos at home, as this show deals with some off-color themes that you just aren’t going to want to have to explain to the more delicate psyches in your brood.
9. The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told — You may have heard something about this most controversial production from the OKC Theatre Company, including a cover story right here in the Gazette. Causing a bit of a fuss with conservatives, the satirical story of Adam and Steve has put the troupe on a few “naughty” lists for the year.
10. It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical — Frank Capra’s cinematic classic gets reinvented in musical style at The Sooner Theatre in Norman. Introduce young ones to the classic story of George Bailey and his change in perspective at the hands of a few friends ... and the wings of an angel.