On stage: Season’s greetings

Keith Wilson (Littlest Angel) and Skyler Washburn (Heavenly Gate Keeper) perform in The Littlest Angel at Theater Works in Peoria Dec 3-19

I found these angels in my in-box the morning after Thanksgiving. Turns out they’re two of the young performers with Theater Works’ production of “The Littlest Angel,” being performed at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts Dec 3-19.

Seems there’s a whole lot of Christmas happening over there at Theater Works. Their new Puppet Works is presenting “Saving Santa”Dec 4-24. It’s “full of comic hijinx” for the age 3 and up set.

Puppet lovers grades K and up can enjoy “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, Dec 1-24 at the Great Arizona Puppet Theater in Phoenix.

Parents and educators eager to extend learning beyond the theater will find a nine-page study guide on the GAPT website — which suggests way the story can enhance lessons in math, language arts, citizenship and more.

Bring some humor to your holiday with Grand Canyon University's production of Inspecting Carol through Dec 5

Grand Canyon University presents a holiday tale with special appeal to those who procrastinate. If your holiday gifts aren’t all bought, wrapped and shipped at this point — their production of “Inspecting Carol” might be just the ticket.

It’s being performed at their Ethington Theatre in Phoenix through Dec 5. This means, for the serious procrastinators among you, that you mustn’t wait until Dec 6 to call for tickets. Just saying.

Enjoy the Great Arizona Puppet Theater performing The Elves & the Shoemaker Dec 1-24 in Phoenix

Overachievers in search of holiday fare may recall my earlier post about holiday productions from Valley Youth Theatre, Childsplay and Creative Stages Youth Theatre.

It also featured the East Valley Children’s Theatre production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” playing through Dec 12 in Mesa. Turns out the really prepared among you can enjoy two productions of this classic work based on the book of the same name.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is being performed by Spotlight Youth Theatre in Glendale Dec 10-19. Now you can read the book and see two distinct productions, giving your child a taste of literary and theater criticism in the name of fun.

If your organization is presenting holiday theater, please let me know. The more holidays, and the more productions, we can feature — the better for our wonderful readers.

Whatever holiday, or holidays, you celebrate this time of year — we wish you all much health and happiness.

— Lynn

Note: Consider extending the fun with inexpensive props, costumes and a makeshift stage or puppet theater at home. It’s a great way to engage your own children, as well as those of visiting family and friends. Visit places like Lakeshore Learning, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater and Easley’s Fun Shop for inspiration and materials.

Coming up: More children’s theater offerings, Theater for grown-ups, Lynn’s library: Book reviews, Hanukkah happenings


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