Dec. 6-9 “Curious Holiday Encounters,” interactive performances with a twist of cheer and madness with Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra, Aris Theatre, Weird Sisters Theatre Project and more.
1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/523-7647. 7stages.org
Nov. 30-Dec. 16 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical,” funny and touching holiday classic. Shows at 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/663-8989. act1theater.com.
Nov. 30-Dec. 16 “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show with a film noir twist. Feb. 8-24 “Peter and the Starcatcher,” thrilling adventure about an orphan’s journey, filled with marauding pirates, jungle tyrants and unlikely heroes.
Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza. 770/241-1905. act3productions.org
Through Nov. 18 “Reykjavík,” a tour-de-force collision of sex and danger told through eight interconnected vignettes. Jan. 26-Feb. 24 “An Octoroon.” Trouble’s brewing at the Terrebonne Plantation in a riotous romp that hurls the antebellum South into 21st century cultural politics. Previews: Jan. 24-25.
Shows at 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/607-7469. actors-express.com
Dec. 12-24 “A Christmas Carol,” Broadway-scale production of the beloved Dickens classic with live music and an all-star Atlanta cast, staged at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Jan. 15-Feb. 17 “Ever After.” A girl risks everything to save a friend from an unjust fate in a new take on the Cinderella legend, Coca-Cola Stage. Ages 8+
Hertz Series Nov. 13-Dec. 9 “Knead.” The bread-baking process becomes a journey into the unpredictability of everything in this world premiere drama. Ages 14+ Feb. 16-March 10 “Goodnight, Tyler.” A young black man haunts his best friend as others quibble over his legacy, seeking common ground. Ages 14+
Theatre for the Very Young Jan. 15-Feb. 17 “La Tortuga and the Hare,” classic folk tale with bilingual storytelling at Black Box Theatre.
Dec. 6-21 “A Broadway Christmas Carol.” Dickens’ classic story is mixed with hilarious parodies of 33 show tunes in a family favorite production. Feb. 15-24 “Spit Like a Big Girl,” comic look at what a Southern daughter learned from her parents when she ventures out in the world.
5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain Village. 770/469-1105. artstation.org
Dec. 8-24 “The Nutcracker,” new production at the Fox Theatre with world-class choreography and stunning costumes, sets and lighting. Feb. 15-17, 22-23 “La Sylphide,” magical story of forbidden love and heartbreak set in the ethereal Scottish Highlands, staged at Cobb Energy Centre, 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 2 PM 2/16 & 2/17. Feb. 21, 23-24 Atlanta Ballet 2: “Beauty & The Beast,” enchanting tale staged in a one-hour production for ages 12 & under at Cobb Energy Centre, 7 PM Thurs., 2 PM Sat. & Sun.
ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE
Dec. 20-23 “Your Happy Holiday,” dazzling musical with dance numbers, luxe costumes and a live band. Feb. 8-24 “The Wedding Singer.” Brokenhearted Robbie meets the girl of his dreams in a romantic musical comedy set in the pumped-up ’80s.
Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat, 2 PM Sat.-Sun. at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. 404/377-9948. atlantalyric.com
Feb. 2, 5, 8, 10 “Dead Man Walking,” powerful story about the unlikely, inspiring relationship between a nun and a convicted death row inmate, co-production with The Israeli Opera. March 2, 5, 8, 10 “Eugene Onegin.” Beautiful Russian opera explores the theme of love lost when a brash young man makes bold mistakes.
Staged at Cobb Energy Centre at 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 3 PM Sun. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 404/881-8885. atlantaopera.org
ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL
Nov. 16 Matthew Morrison with ASO Nov. 30 Bobby McFerrin Dec. 2 Black Violin Dec. 4 Martina McBride with ASO Dec. 5 Leslie Odom Jr. with ASO Dec. 7 Celtic Thunder X Tour Dec. 10 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, vocalists Vuyo Sotashe & Veronica Swift Dec. 12 Rufus Wainwright Dec. 19 Michael W. Smith with ASO Dec. 22 Celtic Woman with ASO Jan. 25 Jim Brickman with ASO Feb. 10 The Fab Four, Beatles tribute Feb. 22 The Black Jacket Symphony presents Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” featuring Marc Martel March 3 David Foster April 12 Joan Baez
Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 800/745-3000. ticketmaster.com