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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2021 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.

Most Popular Holiday Shows

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas CarolNov 26 - Dec 26, 2021

It wouldn't be the holidays without Olney's favorite Christmas tradition. Paul Morella's captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season after season. They come for the masterful storytelling and come back for the way Paul keeps this tale fresh, year-after-year. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The MusicalNov 23 - Dec 5, 2021

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its holiday engagements at the St. James and Hilton theatres in New York. Since then, more than 2.1 million theatre-goers across America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical, which The New York Times praised as "100 times better than any bedtime story" and the Gannett papers hailed as "A genius of a show! A total delight for both kids and adults." Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss' original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.

Other Holiday Shows

Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland Dec 11 - Dec 23, 2021

Mother Goose Land is all astir over the rivalry between miserly, mean-hearted Uncle Barnaby and young, handsome, gentle Alan for the love of Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. Getting in the act are Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, and many other Mother Goose characters, along with Barnaby's clownish hit men, Roderigo and Gonzorgo. Trying to escape, Alan and Mary have to pass through the dangerous Spider's Forest. Even in Toyland they are not safe, and the fast action and beautiful music continue.

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 19, 2021

A Christmas Carol is a play about a mean-spirited and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas. One cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is unkind to the people who work for him, then refuses to give to charity, and then is rude to his nephew when he invites him to spend Christmas with him. The touring version of this holiday classic retains much of the flavor of the original, longer adaptation. Upon completion of this holiday classic, be prepared to sing along to PWLT's Choral Christmas Card.

Enchanted Bookshop Christmas
Enchanted Bookshop Christmas Nov 19 - Dec 5, 2021

It's four days before Christmas and Miss Margie, the scatterbrained owner of the shop, is thrilled to have two very special guests - her serious-minded sister Ellen and book-loving niece Annabelle. Ellen was recently laid off from her position as an astronomy professor, and she's certain she'll never find a job again. Her luck changes, however, when high-tech billionaire Philip Brantley stops in at the shop and Margie convinces him to hire Ellen for his new space project.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2021

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told - plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 5 - Jan 9, 2022

Based on the beloved, timeless film! Two WWII veterans with a successful song-and-dance act follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a rural Vermont lodge which happens to be owned by their old commander. They plan a yuletide fun-filled extravaganza to help fill the inn! Seventeen Irving Berlin tunes such as: "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean" and "White Christmas" make this a family musical worthy of becoming a holiday tradition!

The NutcracKer's Guide to Getting UnPlugged
The NutcracKer's Guide to Getting UnPlugged Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2021

A holiday show for now, The NutcracKer's Guide to Getting UnPlugged is Momentum Dance Theatre's new dance theater show. Reflecting our times, it tells the story of 3 young teens who are addicted to their tech devices and the NutcracKer who helps them unplug (at least temporarily!), reconnect with the offline world and discover the power of their imaginations. Full of Momentum's high energy dance-hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and street dance-it's an entertaining show with an uplifting message for us all. It features the students of Momentum's Jazz Hip Hop Academy, our professional dancers and actors and a brand new script.

A Snowy Nite at the Dew Drop Inn
A Snowy Nite at the Dew Drop Inn Dec 11 - Jan 9, 2022

They're back and at it again! Our madcap fun house of Dew Drop Performers are letting the good times roll sassy, hot and steamy on a cold snowy night. Our Holiday show, A Snowy Nite at the Dew Drop Inn, directed by Stephawn Stephens (Black Nativity), reopens this season at the Anacostia Playhouse. This cabaret-style musical tribute to the Juke Joint highlights themes of love found, love lost, and love renewed in the midst of holiday cheer. The show features songs made famous by Big Mama Thorton, Fats Waller, Etta James, Dinah Washington, and more. The good times roll with the Playhouse's ensemble of Washington, D.C.-based powerhouse vocalists and performers. Returning to the Dew Drop Inn for a night of good food, music and maybe a little trouble are Jacquelyn A. Hawkins, Marcel Worrell Miller, Robert E. Person, Yvette Spears, Fashad Tyler and Sherice Payne Williams.