Fine Arts Association, Ashtabula Arts Center, Curtain 440 hosts Christmas shows


Now that we’ve had a decent snowfall for the first time, it’s actually starting to look a lot like Christmas.

In our theaters across the region, however, it has been looking a lot like Christmas for a few weeks now. And many of them feature young actors from our region.

The Willoughby Fine Arts Association still has two weekends within four weeks of its annual holiday production. This year the show is “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical”.

Performances are still on December 10 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. The representation of December 19 is a sign representation for the hearing impaired. Tickets cost $ 25 for adults, $ 23 for seniors and students 11 and over, and $ 15 for children 10 and under. Group rates are available. Visit fineartsassociation.org to purchase tickets online or to search for more information.

“Miracle on 34th Street” is a modern holiday classic based on the classic film and features a book and sheet music by Meredith Willson, creator of “The Music Man”.

In the story, single mom Doris Walker and daughter Susan are taken by neighbor Fred Gailey to see Santa at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris isn’t impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa Claus may be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical of hearts.

In addition to “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” the FAA Holiday Concert “A Tribute to the Music of Vince Guaraldi” will also take place on December 11. To learn more, visit fineartsassociation.org.

Want a real Christmas classic instead of a modern classic? Maybe Ashtabula Arts Center is for you.

Their 2021 holiday production of Ballet Theater Ashtabula’s “The Nutcracker” opened at the Ashtabula Arts Center on December 3 – the first time that ballet has returned to the Arts Center stage since 2019 due to the COVID pandemic.

The performances of “The Nutcracker” will take place until December 19 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Presale tickets are $ 15 for adults, $ 13 for seniors, students and military, and $ 11 for children 2-12 years old. For tickets at the door, if available, add $ 2.

The Ashtabula Arts Center is located at 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula.

Seating is extremely limited as social distancing is always observed in the theater, and ticket buyers are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as tickets at the door may not be available.

The 2 p.m. performance on December 11 will be broadcast live. Access is $ 10 and can be purchased at ashtabulaartscenter.org. Video of the performance will be available for re-viewing after the live broadcast ends.

You can also get half-price tickets to the December 16 show when you donate non-perishable food items to the Faith Food Pantry. Drop off items and buy half-price tickets at the Arts Center reception.

Due to Ashtabula County being elevated to substantial COVID transmission status, the Arts Center is requiring all staff and visitors – vaccinated and unvaccinated – wear masks in the building and at the Straw Hat Theater on advice from the Ashtabula City Health Department and CDC.

And finally, Curtain 440 is preparing to present “The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular”.

Performances will take place on December 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 12 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Century Village Bond Building at 14563 E. Park St. in Burton. Tickets cost $ 12 for adults and $ 10 for students. Check out www.curtain440.com for more information on their other upcoming holiday productions.

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