VISIONS OF SUGAR
The Maryland Youth Ballet’s production
of The Nutcracker is a traditional take
on the holiday favorite, choreographed
by Artistic Director Michelle Lees. It
features lavish sets and costumes,
a shooting cannon and a growing
Christmas tree. Some of the dancers
who have performed the leading roles
of Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and
Flower Queen in past seasons have gone
on to professional dance careers. Could
the next Misty Copeland be among the
more than 100 dancers performing in
this year’s production in Rockville?
$26-$33 in advance, $31-$38 at the door,
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center,
TEA WITH MRS. C
What could be cozier than a tea party
with Mrs. Claus at the Strathmore
Mansion? With the building decked out
for the holidays, the Mrs. Claus Tea
features seasonal music, a kid-friendly
menu, story time with Mrs. Claus and a
visit from the big man in red himself.
10: 30 a.m. and 1 p.m., $28, The
Mansion at Strathmore, strathmore.org
If the events of 2017 have
you wishing for the glamour
and glitz of a bygone era, the
New Year’s Eve party featuring
Doc Scantlin and His Imperial
Palms Orchestra at Bethesda
Blues & Jazz Supper Club
offers a night of retro revelry. It’s a throwback to the Jazz Age, with the debonair Scantlin—a
crooner with a pencil mustache—leading an 18-piece ensemble as it plays swing and jazz
music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s while his wife, Chou Chou, lends some showgirl-style flair.
Welcome 2018 with a champagne toast at midnight.
9 p.m., $75 for performance only, $150 for dinner and performance, Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Supper Club, bethesdabluesjazz.com
Nov. 17-Dec. 31
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
Remember when snow days brought excitement and wonder, rather than the hassle of back-breaking shoveling and icy roads? Adventure Theatre’s production of Frosty the Snowman,
directed by Jason Schlafstein of local theater company Flying V, aims to capture the sense
of magic and possibility of an unexpected snow day, embodied in the famous and mischievous snowman. The show in Glen Echo celebrates the joy of winter with songs and laughs in
a story for all ages.
$19.50, Adventure Theatre, adventuretheatre-mtc.org