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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Catch a musical version at the Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 7.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 28 to DEC. 4, 2008

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, an adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story about his childhood memories of Christmas where eccentric aunts and uncles come to dinner and the house is filled with special songs and smells. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens with a Food Preview (bring a food item for admission) today at 2 p.m. Previews continue tonight at 7:30; Saturday at 2 p.m. with regular performances running through Dec. 28 Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Additional performances Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. No performances on Dec. 25 or 26. $24, $19 seniors, $11 children and previews. 800-282-0283.

The Shawnee Christmas Spectacular, the traditional musical revue with songs and dances celebrating the Christmas season. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Through Dec. 21 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $25, $14 children. 421-5093 or theshawneeplayhouse.com.

Aint’ Misbehavin’, the 30th-anniversary tour of the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical starring Ruben Studdard. Presented by Broadway Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight at 8; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. $55.50, $45.50, $33.50. 344-1111.

30th Anniversary Celebration of the Scranton Public Theatre with actress Agnes Cummings in a solo evening of scenes from past performances. Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 West Market St., Scranton. Tonight and Saturday at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14 with performances Fridays at 8:15 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8:15 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $10. 344-3656.

A Festival for Christmas, a celebration of holiday music including a musical version of O. Henry’s “The Gifts of the Magi.” Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Opens Saturday and continues through Dec. 21 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. 283-2195.

Brown Bag Theatre, lunchtime presentations of one-act plays by the King’s Players. King’s Theatre, Administration Building, 133 North River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday and Thursday at 12:40 p.m.; Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. Free. 208-5825.

Student Showcase Presentations, one-act plays directed, produced and performed by theatre students. King’s Theatre, Administration Building, 133 North River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 208-5825.

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw’s play about a phonetics professor trying to pass off a Cockney girl as a society lady. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, Monroe Avenue between Linden and Mulberry streets, Scranton. Opens Thursday and continues through Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Matinee performance Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. $8. 941-4318.

Jeff Dunham, the ventriloquist and cutting-edge comedian brings his zany cast of characters including Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Jose Jalapeno, Bubba J, Peanut and Walter to the Wachovia Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Thursday at 8 p.m. $43. 970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Version, the heartwarming holiday favorite about businessman George Bailey contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve. Presented by Actors Circle in the form of a live radio broadcast. Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens with a preview performance on Thursday at 8 p.m. Continues Dec. 5 to 14 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 347-6076 or actorscircle.org.

FUTURE

Hemingway in Paris, a play by Stephen Pastore about the group of writers and poets who congregated in Paris in the late ’20s. Presented by the New American Vic at 411 Studio, 411 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. Dec. 5-6, 11-13 at 8 p.m. $10. 489-7700.

A Christmas Carol, a musical based on the classic Charles Dickens holiday story. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. $26, $16 children. 344-1111.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for a production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” scheduled for performances in February and March at the Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 6 beginning at 2 p.m. By appointment only. 996-1500.

Theater Bus Trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Behold the Lamb” along with dinner at Hershey Farms. Sponsored by the Center Moreland United Methodist Church on March 14. $92 (age 19 and older); $68 (13 to 18); $43 (3 to 12). Reservations by Dec. 28. 333-1054.

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