As much as most of us enjoy a good movie, there is nothing quite like the realistic experience of a good play or theatre production. This time of year seems to bring on a host of good entertainment at Smith Mountain Lake and in nearby towns. This year is no exception. If you have not made plans to take the family to a play this season, consider one of the several coming up that promise to be great fun.
Nov 28 – Dec 22 – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Miracles can, and do, happen every day. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with the Herdman kids, the most inventive, awful kids in the history of the world. They haven’t heard the Christmas story, they don’t attend church regularly and nobody knows anything about their parents. Once they discover what the Christmas story is about, it’s mayhem and fun for all. This season, bundle up in your warm woolen coat, slip a small, mittened hand in yours and enjoy MMT’s holiday gift to you and yours. – Trinkle Main Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre, Downtown Roanoke – 540-342-5740 – www.millmountain.org
Dec 6 – Dec 8 – “Scrooge” presented by New Century Church – Produced by New Century Church, Book, Music, and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, December 6 – 7:30 pm, December 7 – 7:30 pm, December 8 – 2:00 and 7:30 pm, Doors will open 1 hour prior to performance. Seating will be General Admission and no ticket is required. At the conclusion of each performance, a collection will be taken to benefit the Blue Ridge Women’s Center. Call 366-6111 for more information. – Roanoke Civic Center, Williamson Road, Roanoke – 540-853-5483 - www.roanokeciviccenter.com
Nov 28 – Dec 9 – Showtimers Theatre presents A Christmas Story – Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. Showtime’s: Wednesday thru Saturday 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Group rates are available. Tickets $12.00, Students (18 and under) $5.00. – Showtimers Community Theatre, 2067 McVitty Road, Roanoke – 540-774-2660 – www.showtimers.org
Nov 29 – Dec 2 – Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music – Thursday, November 29, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm, Friday, November 30, 10:30 am & 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am & 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 2, 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm, Opening night all seats (excluding Gold Circle seats) $12.00 Gold Circle seating $25.00, reserved $21.00 & $17.00. – Salem Civic Center, Salem – 540-343-8100 – www.salemciviccenter.com