Theater openings in December

December 1st, 7:30 pm, PrideArts’ holiday Panto extravaganza, Jack Off The Beanstalk, Pride Arts, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago.  $25.  FYI

December 1st, 8:00 pm, The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago.  FYI (773) 404-7336 or

December 2nd, 7:30 pm, Twelfth Night, or What You WillMidsommer Flight, Show House Room of the beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 North Stockton Drive, Chicago.  Pay-what-you-can. Suggested donation $30.00.  FYI

December 2nd, 7:30 pm, The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, The Obligatory Holiday Special, Hell in a Handbag Productions, The Hoover Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago.  $29 in advance, $34 at the door,  $48 VIP/reserved seating with drink ticket.  FYI or

December 2nd, 7:30 pm, The Christmas Schooner, The Drama Group, 330 202nd Street, Chicago Heights.  Tickets $23, $21 Seniors.  FYI (708) 755-3444 or

December 2nd, 8:00 pm, Rolling World Premiere, Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley, Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.  FYI (847) 673-6300

December 2nd, 8:00 pm The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon, Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin Street, Michigan City.  Adults $10, Children under 12 $10.   FYI (219) 874-4035 or

December 2nd, 8:00 pm, A Fabulous 50's Christmas, Towle Theater, 5205n Hohman Avenue, Hammond.  $21.  FYI (219) 937-8780 or

December 3rd, 2:00 pm. The Nutcracker, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, Joffrey Ballet, Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.  FYI (312) 386-8905 or

December 3rd, 7:30 pm, Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol, Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.  FYI (847) 242-6000 or

**** December 5th, 6:30 & 8:30 pm, PlayMakers Laboratory celebrates its 25th anniversary with 25 Years of Students’ Stories, Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $25.  FYI

December 6th, 7:30 pm, A Magical Cirque Christmas, MagicSpace Entertainment, Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, Chicago.  FYI or

December 6th, 7:30 pm ET, StageWorks Staged Reading, Ada and the Engine, Acting Ensemble, Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E. Mishawauka Avenue, South Bend.  $10.  FYI (574) 232-2559 or

December 8thThe Christmas Schooner, directed by David Zak, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street, Chicago.  $40.  FYI

December 9th, 7:30 pm, Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway in Chicago, James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago.  FYI FYI (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and

December 9th, 8:00 pm, Elf the Musical Jr., Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso.  $21-$23.  FYI (219) 548-9137 or

December 9thThe Bird Boy, Acting Ensemble, Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E. Mishawauka Avenue, South Bend.  $19.  FYI (574) 232-2559 or

December 10thJackie Taylor’s Joy to the World: A Holiday Celebration, Black Ensemble Theater, Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street,  Chicago.  $50-$55.  FYI (773) 769-4451 or  

December 11th, 4:00 pm, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Strawdog Theatre, The Edge Theater Off-Broadway, 1133 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago.

December 11th, 6:00 pm, World Premiere, Bold Sisters, Ensemble Theatre in Honor of Helen Zell, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago.  FYI (312) 335-1650 or

December 16th, 8:00 pm, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Music Theater Works, North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.  $39-$106.  FYI (847) 673-6300 or

December 17th, 8:00 pm, World Premiere, Little Women, adapted by Heather Chrisler, First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83, Oak Brook.  FYI (630) 986-8067 or

December 20th, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm, Junior Claus, Citadel Theatre Company Theatre for Young Audiences, 300 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest.  $20.  FYI (847) 735-8554, ext. 1 or

December 22nd, 7:30 pm,  Cirque Dreams HolidazeAuditorium Theater, 50 E Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago.  Tickets start at $45.  FYI (312) 341-2342 or

**** Family Friendly