A spirited array of shows

The Baltimore Sun

This holiday season, regardless of whether you want a classic celebration or a quirky one, the Baltimore theater and arts scene has got you covered.

On the traditional side, you've got A Christmas Carol and Fiddler on the Roof.

And on the not-so-traditional side, the offerings include a burlesque show, murder mysteries, improv comedy, a trio of rednecks and more.

Check out this sampling of holiday-themed arts events:


Through Dec. 15 -- Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre presents Slay Ride, a late-night, holiday-themed murder mystery. $15-$18. 817 St. Paul St. 410-752-1225 or spotlighters.org.

Through Dec. 22 -- Mobtown Players present Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, in which Dickens' ghosts go a little awry. $10-$12. 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114. 410-467-3057 or mobtownplayers.com.

Through Dec. 23 -- Rep Stage presents The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. $12-$25. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Community Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-772-4900 or repstage.org.

Through Dec. 31 -- Olney Theatre Center presents the family-friendly musical Fiddler on the Roof. $25-$46. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. 301-924-3200 or olneytheatre.org.

Tomorrow-Dec. 16 -- Musical version of A Christmas Carol. $8-$15. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. 410-636-6597 or chesapeakearts.org.

Dec. 13-22 -- Maryland Ensemble Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol. $10-$20. Productions are at Weinberg Center for the Arts (20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-600-2828) and Carroll Arts Center (91 W. Main St., Westminster, 410-848-7272). marylandensemble.org.

Dec. 14-23 -- Fell's Point Corner Theatre's production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. $15-$17. 251 S. Ann St. 410-276-7837 or fpct.org.

Dec. 21-22 -- Do or Die Mystery: Dead Ringer, a holiday-themed murder mystery. $14-$16. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. 410-636-6597 or chesapeake arts.org.


8 p.m. today -- Wham City's A Very Merry Xmas Spectacular offers "theatrics, antics, music and dancing." $5. Load of Fun, 120 W. North Ave. loadoffun.net.

9 p.m. tomorrow -- Charm City Kitty Club presents The Fancy Follies, featuring musical performances and theater. $8. Load of Fun, 120 W. North Ave. loadoffun.net.

Tomorrow-Saturday -- 3 Redneck Tenors' Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR, featuring music and comedy from the group featured on last summer's America's Got Talent. $35-$45. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. 410-837-7400 or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Tomorrow-Sunday -- Hack & Slash Christmas Special, The Musical, musical-comedy take on Dickens' classic holiday tale. $25-$50. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. 410-636-6597, chesapeakearts .org or hackandslash.com.

8 p.m. Saturday -- The Kevin Robinson jazz ensemble performs, David Cunningham creates a painting on stage, spoken-word artists appear and more. $12-$15. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

8 p.m. Saturday -- The Walt Michael Quartet presents a holiday concert in its classical- and roots-themed style. $15-$17. Carroll Arts Center Theatre, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. 410-857-2771 or commongroundonthehill.org.

7 p.m. Monday -- Stoop Storytelling presents Holidays From Hell, Part Deux: Stories About the Happiest Time of the Year, featuring author Jonathan Scott Fuqua, dog trainer Elizabeth Adamec and more. Cocktails and music start at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. $12-$15. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 410-332-0033 or stoopstorytelling.com.

Dec. 13-15 -- Physical comedian Steve Lampredi presents Holiday KRUNCH!, a comic production with food-fight elements. $8-$15. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or creative alliance.org.

Dec. 14-23 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Spectacular, a Broadway-style musical celebration. $30-$75. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 410-783-8000 or bsomusic.org.

Dec. 15-Jan. 5 -- Wreck the Halls, featuring the Comedy Pigs, a holiday-themed improv comedy show. $15. 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-694- 4744 or marylandensemble.org.

Dec. 20 -- Rock duo Good for the Jews presents its musical-comedy show. $15-$17. Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com.

8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 22 -- Liz Lerman Dance Exchange presents Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle. $10-$20. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 410- 752-8558 or theatreproject.org.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 22 -- Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey's third annual Holiday Spectac-U-Thon, a burlesque show with acrobatics and dance. $13-$16. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or creative alliance.org.

7 p.m. Dec. 25 -- Jewmongous' comedy CD release tour, promoting Taller Than Jesus. $21.50. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. Annapolis. 410- 268-4545 or ramsheadtavern .com.

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