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Now - December 16, 2018
TWELFTH NIGHT OR WHAT YOU WILL
Shakespeare’s romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant—or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino’s romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. One of Western literature’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night imagines a world where up is down, hot is cold and love is not always what it seems!
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - December 16, 2018
MANSFIELD PARK
Mansfield Park: When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her “rollicking, heartfelt ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and a naughty and frantic ‘Vanity Fair’” (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen’s classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.  
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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Now - December 2, 2018
A CHORUS LINE
A Chorus Line: The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical sensation about "every little step" towards the ultimate Broadway dream! A Broadway chorus audition comes to life in one of the most celebrated musicals of all time with a brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and drama.  
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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November 25, 2018 - December 15, 2018
INTO THE WOODS HOLIDAY PROMOTION
Join Music Theater Works to see everyone's favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for, in Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS. During the North Shore Holiday's special, take 50% off sections "A" (main floor) or section "D" (balcony). When ordering online, enter the "coupon code" RED to receive the 50% savings. The show runs from December 22-31. 
Location: Music Theater Works (formally Light Opera Works), 600 Emerson St., Evanston
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November 25, 2018
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
Music of the Baroque: The Christmas Oratorio. From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative, moving arias, and inspiring chorales—performed with the power and passion Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach’s great choral works.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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November 29, 2018 - December 30, 2018
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE—A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Oil Lamp Theater invites you to kick off the holiday season with their presentation of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play. This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It’s a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story’s message is profound and remains relevant for today’s audiences.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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December 2, 2018
EVANSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT
Make sure your holiday season starts with the best holiday event in Evanston! Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends … and take advantage of special rates for a package of 2 adult tickets and 3 children’s tickets. The award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra is joined by: North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir, Evanston Children’s Choir, ETHS ETHS Advanced Vocal Ensemble,  Audience Sign-a-long And, a BIG bonus for all kids from 1 to 101 — a visit from Santa and his elves!
Location: Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge, Evanston
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December 8, 2018
HARRY SHEARER AND JUDITH OWEN'S CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS
Previously “Harry and Judith’s Holiday Sing-a-Long,” the newly renamed “Christmas Without Tears” is a reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons. A fifteen-year tradition that began in Shearer and Owen’s Santa Monica home (and migrated to stage as a benefit for Hurricane Katrina), these annual gatherings have grown into a heartwarming house party around the piano that involves and entertains fellow performers and audience members alike. 
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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December 8, 2018
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MUSIC FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Join the merriment as the orchestra performs music for the holidays! Music for the Holidays is performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra with Victor Yampolsky, conductor; Sihao He, cello; Johann Strauss Jr., Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks) and Antonín Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B Minor.
Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University , 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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December 9, 2018
CHICAGO TAP THEATRE: TIDINGS OF TAP!
Featuring dances to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah & the Winter Season…with all LIVE music! Chicago Tap Theatre - Tidings of Tap! is a charming, and now annual, celebration of the holiday season by Chicago Tap Theatre. See why hundreds of Chicago families have made Tidings of Tap! their new holiday tradition. Featuring rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs, this is a fun yet sophisticated, family-friendly evening that you’ll be talking about all year! Audiences will also love experiencing the live holiday music performed by the CTT jazz trio and klezmer group.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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December 14, 2018 - December 16, 2018
THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE
"The Nutcracker," Evanston’s beloved winter ice show, celebrates its 44th holiday season entertaining families! Performances are Friday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 15, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door, call 847-448-8258, or visit cityofevanston.org/recreation.
Location: Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main Street, Evanston
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December 15, 2018 - December 16, 2018
SALT CREEK BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! For a holiday production that first delighted audiences way back in 1892, Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker demonstrates how to make this historic ballet and holiday tradition just as accessible and relevant today. The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tickets start as low as $20.  
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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December 16, 2018
A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS: ANGELS IN THE CONVENT, DANCING IN THE STREETS
Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration. In the Newberry Consort’s upcoming program, “A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets,” nearly 30 musicians will recreate this vivid scene!
Location: First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Evanston
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December 16, 2018 - December 17, 2018
AN EVENING WITH PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
Writers Theatre, presents 'An Evening with PigPen Theatre Company, a two-night only concert series featuring the stars of PigPen (The Hunter and the Bear, The Old Man and the Old Moon), with a few surprises for the holiday season. Tickets available by phone, online and at the ticket office. 
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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December 21, 2018 - December 23, 2018
AMERICAN GIRL LIVE: AN ALL NEW MUSICAL
Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season to the North Shore Center in Skokie! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship. VIP Package Options are available.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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