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This Season Of Holiday Shows On Stage

Tickets are going very fast for A Very Crown Christmas, onstage at The Crown Uptown. For the price of admission, audience members will select a buffet dinner, then see a musical revue that features the talents of several of our city's favorite performers. Join Madi White, Cindy Summers, Jenny Mitchell, Kyle Vespestad, Ryan Schafer, and John Bates, under the direction of Patty Reeder, in an evening of comedy, music, and fun. A Very Crown Christmas runs through December 28.

For me, Charles Dickens will always have a permanent place of honor in the holiday season. His novella “A Christmas Carol” was written primarily in reaction to the conditions of extreme poverty in Victorian England, which he both experienced and observed, and the story is credited with popularizing many of the traditions we enjoy today. This well loved holiday tale of redemption receives a musical treatment from The Forum Theatre, with music by Paul Jackson, book by Conrad Jestmore, and starring Shaun Michael-Morse as the irascible old Scrooge. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is onstage Thursday through Saturday evenings with Sunday matinee now to December 22nd, at 330 N. Broadway.

And would the season be complete without the Best Christmas Pageant Ever? You don't need to wonder, because Wichita Children's Theatre and Dance Center is putting it onstage for the 37th year. You can catch this show, a Wichita tradition featuring local children and families, performing December 20th and 21st at the Mary Jane Teall Theatre at Century II. Recommended for ages five and up. Call for reservations.

Sanda Moore Coleman received an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University in 1991. Since then, she has been the arts and community editor for The Martha's Vineyard Times, a teaching fellow at Harvard University, and an assistant editor at Image. In 2011, she received the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange prize for fiction from Poets & Writers magazine. She has spent more than 30 years performing, reviewing, and writing for theatre.