’Tis the season — for joyful and sacred music, dancing toy soldiers, Dickensian drama, candlelight tours of historic sites, afternoon tea parties, and entertaining strolls through Valley towns big and small
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Thru Jan. 2: Holiday chuckles abound in A Christmas Story. Based on Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the 1940s, this stage adaptation of the classic movie concerns nine-year-old Ralphie and his quest to convince Santa Claus (and his parents) that he should receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Tues.-Sun. Call for times and ticket information. • Capital Repertory Theater. 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. 518-445-7469 or www.capitalrep.org
Thru Dec. 12: Loosely based on the fairy tales “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel,” the PantoLoon’s LOST: The Grimm Years is a wacky, way-out show that combines songs, shtick, and loads of old-fashioned fun. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $15, $8 children under 12. • Ghent Playhouse. Rte. 66 & Town Hall Pl., Ghent. 518-392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org
Dec. 5 & 12: Experience scenes from A Christmas Carol in a whole new way. The Inn at Stone Ridge hosts a unique dinner-theater show which allows guests to interact with Dickens’s characters while enjoying a four-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Murphy. 12:30 & 5:30 p.m. $100, reservations required. • 3805 Main St., Stone Ridge. 845-687-0736.
Dec. 3: Ebenezer, Marley, and Tiny Tim take center stage in a musical version of Scrooge. Dickens’s tale of a miser’s redemption is told through music and dance in this remaking of the New York Stage Originals production. 8 p.m. $39, $29.25 youth. • Lycian Centre. 1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com
Dec. 1-26: Combining the traditions of both Halloween and Christmas, A Sleepy Hollow Christmas Carol is a new musical based on characters created by Charles Dickens and Washington Irving. Greedy businessman Scrooge is persuaded to mend his ways by three ghosts: Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle, and the Headless Horseman. Call for exact schedule and ticket information. • Westchester Broadway Theatre. 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford. 914-592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com