Performing Arts Offerings Sparkle During the Holidays

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Now that Thanksgiving is here and you’ve survived another family holiday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping ordeals, it’s time to turn your attention to a few fun holiday diversions taking place in Hampton Roads between now and the New Year.

Below you will find a series of events and shows that may be of interest and make the 2018 holiday season a bit brighter.

Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2

Cirque du Soleil is coming to the Scope Arena with a brand-new arena creation. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL, explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. CRYSTAL will perform in Norfolk from Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2 for 6 shows only. 

In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world class audience experience. Synchronized skating, freestyles figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand. 

Hurrah for the Holidays!, December 7, 7 p.m.

Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit is the annual production of HURRAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS; a joyful celebration featuring all the best music of the season – from your favorite classic standards to popular modern day hits. With the renowned Lisa Wallace kick-line dancers, a 6 foot dancing snowman, and a few festive surprises – it’s an event for the entire family.  The Show starts at 7 PM!  Join us at Gershwins before or after the show for dinner and save 10% off with your show ticket. The OutWire757 Upstairs Lounge at Gershwin’s will be open from 5-7 PM with free appetizers and happy hour drink specials just for Outwire757 ticket holders.

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reVoiced at Zeiders American Dream Theater, December 22, 4 & 8 p.m.

Since 2012, reVoiced has gained a reputation for captivating audiences, creating their own sound by “revoicing” familiar classics. These five charismatic entertainers bring their distinct personalities together to create an unforgettable vocal experience. Its members have received countless vocal accolades, performing on Broadway and television shows like American Idol and The Sing-Off.

reVoiced will have two performances on the Main Stage at Zeiders on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 4 and 8 p.m.  You may purchase tickets HERE.

The SantaLand Diaries, December 6-16 at the Wells Theater

Hello! from Crumpet | THE SANTALAND DIARIES

Introducing Tom Detrinis, this year's "Crumpet the Elf" in THE SANTALAND DIARIES! You won't want to miss this hilarious one-man show, based on David Sedaris' The SantaLand Diaries. Find showtimes and tickets online at vastagae.org/thesantalanddiaries/

Posted by Virginia Stage Company on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Based on the memoir of award-winning comedic author David Sedaris, this hilarious one-man-show takes us back to ye olden days when he was one of Santa’s Elves at Macy’s Department Store. In this one-act play the struggling writer, who chooses the elf name “Crumpet,” weaves an unbelievable tale of drunken Santas, lascivious actors, and combative parents. Come laugh, drink and be merry with your friends at the Wells Theatre. This late night holiday treat for adults is sure to make your spirits bright!

This year, “Crumpet” will be played by Tom Detrinis, a Los Angeles based who is thrilled to be making his Virginia Stage Company debut in The SantaLand Diaries, a role he is excited to revisit after performing it in Buffalo and Long Island, NY.

The first 1,000 audience members will receive a $10 gift card to the Waterside District.  For tickets, visit Virginia Stage Company HERE.

Handel’s Messiah on December 11, 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Monticello Arcade 

No holiday season is complete without a performance of George Frideric Handel’s 18th century masterpiece, Messiah. What makes this performance unique is that it’s presented by vocal and instrument students from the Governor’s School for Arts in the acoustically astounding Monticello Arcade in downtown Norfolk. Two performances: 7 PM and 8:30 PM, free to the public.

The Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show, December 1 and 2, at the American Theater

The Manhattan Transfer kicks off a harmonic holiday season as the vocal group brings its signature sound to The American Theatre. Expect an evening of spectacular singing that has earned the group an astounding 10 Grammy Awards for its unique arrangements and performance style.

The Manhattan Transfer’s incredible vocal power has entertained worldwide audiences for more than four decades. During this special time of year, the group delivers a remarkable performance of holiday favorites from its hit albums, The Christmas Album, An Acapella Christmas, as well selections from the recently released, chart-soaring album, The Junction. The Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show is a rare opportunity to see one of the music industry’s most influential jazz vocal groups. Tickets on sale now.