With Thanksgiving out of the way and Christmas just around the corner, holiday songs, movies and performances will be ever-present for the next month.
For fans of the latter, there are a number of Christmas performances to attend in Forsyth County. From classics like Louis Carrol’s “A Christmas Carol” to more modern works like “Frozen Jr.,” the Schools Street Playhouse and the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts will put on shows for all ages.
School Street Playhouse 101 School St, Cumming
Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at SchoolStreetPlayhouse.com
A Christmas Carol
What: The classic holiday tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge; Jacob Marley; the three Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future; and Tiny Tim filled with music and dance that remind us that it is never too late for redemption.
When: Thursdays-Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 15; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon matinees; 3 p.m. on Sundays
What: Christmas Classics celebrates the joy of the holiday season with songs to get into the spirit. This year’s show will be performed in honor of Sarah Lipscomb with a donation being made to FullCircle, an addiction recovery program that serves young people and their families which will be opening a program soon here in Forsyth County.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
North Georgia Barbershop Singers
What: The North Georgia Barbershop Singers are a group of men dedicated to the harmony found only in Old Time Barbershop-style singing who are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society under the registered name of Lake Lanier Georgia Chapter, SPEBSQSA, Inc. (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).
When: 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20
Sounds of Sawnee
What: The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band is a community band in every sense that provides cultural enrichment for members of the community through regular concert performances. It provides a unique opportunity for musical expression for both distinguished musicians and amateurs alike, to further develop and refine music skills in a friendly setting.
When: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts, 520 Industrial Way, Ste. B
Tickets can be purchased at ForsythAPA.com
The Bullies Christmas Carol
What: FAPA’s fourth- to sixth-grade actors present the hilarious story of terrible twins Ebbie and Neezer, who bully their classmates, steal toys from homeless children, and do everything they can to ruin the school’s annual All-Inclusive, Non-Specific Holiday Celebration. But when three goofy ghosts show the siblings the past, present, and future consequences of their awful deeds, they take another look at their choices. Will the badly behaved duo change their ways in time to save the big show–and themselves? A twist on a classic holiday tale sure to delight naughty and nice kids alike.
When: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $8/$5 for students and senior
A Christmas Carol
What: FAPA’s seventh- through 12th-graders perform the timeless holiday classic with a unique twist by having every actor — both male and female, young and old — take turns playing Scrooge. Jacob Marley’s ghost and three other spirits take Scrooge on a journey through time and space, as Scrooge confronts his misdeeds and awakens to a deeper purpose in life.
When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7
Cost: $10/$8 for students and seniors
What: FAPA’s middle and high school students present a re-telling of the Disney favorite featuring Anna and Elsa, who discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood when faced with sudden danger.
When: Wednesday cast – Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.; Thursday cast – Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults/$8 students and seniors/$5 children 6 and under
Hallmark Christmas of a Lifetime
What: FAPA has partnered with Amanda Rountree and Friends to present this hilarious evening of improvised holiday entertainment. Amanda Rountree and Friends will improvise an entire story based off of audience suggestions in the style of corny, made-for-tv Christmas movies. Rated PG: Appropriate for students and adults ages 10 and up.
When: 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21