Theater

Mark Milovats 20th Anniversary Christmas Spectacular: Forever Christmas

11/25/2017 Byham Theater 101 6th Street Pittsburgh PA 15222

The Nutcracker

12/1/2017 - 12/27/2017 Benedum Center

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 200 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score.

In Defense of Gravity

12/1/2017 @ 8:00pm - 12:00 AM - 12/3/2017 George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222,

Attack Theatre presents a world-premiere performance inspired by the poetry of local legend, Jimmy Cvetic. In Defense of Gravity combines laughter, shock, and an unabashed look at the hard moments of life. Inspired by the gritty and heartfelt poetry of Jimmy Cvetic, this dance and live music performance makes an uplifting case for the solemn moments that keep us grounded. Blending myriad art forms, In Defense of Gravity features guest artists: actor, Patrick Jordan; musicians, Ben Opie and PJ Roduta; and vocalist, Anqwenique. How does the body respond to the pull of gravity? How does the mind respond to the weight of life\'s heavy moments? Performance Dates and Times: Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:00pm Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:00pm Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:00pm Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6:00pm Tickets: $15 — Student, Teacher, Artist, Senior $25 — General Admission $40 — Directors Seats (Limited) All prices increase by $5 at the door.

Midnight Radio: A Christmas Story

12/7/2017 @ 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM - 12/23/2017 Bricolage Production Company, 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222

Follow Ralphie on his quest for the perfect Christmas gift and watch as we recreate all the most iconic moments from the movie including the infamous Pink Nightmare bunny pajamas and The Old Man’s prized leg lamp. This December, Midnight Radio will be taking on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Story! Skip the TV marathon this year and get in on the action with Foley sound effects, cheeky commercial spoofs, and a dizzying array of vocal acrobatics all done live before your eyes. Follow Ralphie on his quest for the perfect Christmas gift and watch as we recreate all the most iconic moments from the movie including the infamous Pink Nightmare bunny pajamas and The Old Man’s prized leg lamp. A longtime fan favorite, our Midnight Radio series takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast. In this show YOU are cast as the live studio audience, so play your part and don’t miss your cue when the applause sign flashes! Always memorable, often irreverent, and never at midnight or on the radio, Midnight Radio is the perfect holiday tradition. Plus! Don’t miss our free Happy Half-hour 30 minutes before every show with free drinks and interactive holiday-themed amusements! General Admission Ticket: $35 Student Ticket (with Valid ID only): $25 Discounts for Groups of 10 or More: Call Fred at 412.471.0999. A Christmas Story was written by Philip Grecian and based on the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, & Bob Clark. Performance Schedule Week 1 Dec 7 • Thursday • 8pm (opening night • tickets are only $30) Dec 8 • Friday • 8pm Dec 9 • Saturday • 8pm Week 2 Dec 14 • Thursday • 8pm (Foley & Sensory Workshop\/Audio Description) Dec 15 • Friday • 8pm Dec 16 • Saturday • 2pm & 8pm Week 3 Dec 20 • Wednesday • 7pm (Pay What You Want) Dec 21 • Thursday • 8pm Dec 22 • Friday • 8pm Dec 23 • Saturday • 2pm & 8pm Special Events Opening Night • Dec 8 • Thursday • 8:00pm To celebrate the opening of Midnight Radio: A Christmas Story we’re offering $5 off every ticket. No promo code necessary. Bring a group to save even more (email Fred Frances at fred@webbricolage.org for details). Foley & Sensory Workshop • Dec 14 • Thursday • 6:45pm Come to the theater early to experience the Foley equipment hands-on! Jingle some bells and create footsteps in the snow as you get to play with the equipment we use to bring the story to life through sound. The cast of A Christmas Story will be on hand to show you how. Doors open at 6:30pm and the workshop begins at 6:45pm. Free and open to all patrons (no show ticket necessary). Pay What You Want • Dec 20 • Wednesday • 8:00pm Bricolage is pleased to offer tickets to this performance at any price! Pay any amount at the door starting at 7:30pm (tickets are available on a first come, first served basis), or pay in advance online for as little as $5.00. All seats are general admission. Accessibility Midnight Radio features Braille and large print programs. Audio Description is available on Thursday, December 14th, along with a free pre-show Foley & Sensory Workshop. Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access and features all-gender restrooms. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. We encourage patrons to identify any specific accommodations that would make their experience more enjoyable in the comments section when purchasing tickets or by contacting Fred Frances at 412.471.0999 or fred@webbricolage.org.

Nutcracker at Carnegie Performing Arts Center

12/8/2017 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 AM - 12/17/2017 Andrew Carnegie Music Hall

An old fashioned holiday theme is the offering for this year’s Nutcracker as presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center. The Nutcracker is being performed for two weekends, beginning on Friday, December 8, and ending on Sunday, December 17. Performances will be held at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue in Carnegie. Performances of the Nutcracker will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available at the door and are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children. Melina Kennelly of Dormont, a senior at Keystone Oaks, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy while Danielle Buttlar, a senior at Seton La Salle and from Mt. Lebanon, will dance the Queen of the Snow. Madisen Albert from Carnegie, an 8th grader at Carlynton High School, will portray the part of Clara while Gavin Helbig, also of Carnegie, in the 8th grade and who attends Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, will be the Nutcracker Prince that comes to life and takes Clara to the Candy Kingdom. Cori Sheppard of Mt. Lebanon, who is a senior at Mt. Lebanon High School will dance the role of Dew Drop Fairy. Over 60 dancers from many community dance schools ranging in age from 5 – adult round out the cast ofswirling snowflakes and candy flowers. Monica Ryan, choreographer and director of the Carnegie Performing Arts Center is celebrating the forty second anniversary production of the Nutcracker. As in the past, there will be a raffle and Chinese Auction during the intermissions of the three acts of the Nutcracker. For more information about the performances please call theCarnegie Performing Arts Center at (412) 279-8887 or access the website at www.carnegieperformingartscenter.com # # #

Swan Lake

2/16/2018 - 2/25/2018 Benedum Center

Together with the live PBT Orchestra, PBT returns to Swan Lake for two weekends around Valentine’s Day. Set to the stirring themes of Tchaikovsky’s score, the split personalities of Odette and Odile mirror the age-old battle between good and evil.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre New Works

3/16/2018 - 3/25/2018 August Wilson Center

Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr will hand over the program to five choreographic voices from PBT’s own company of dancers: Amanda Cochrane, Julia Erickson, Yoshiaki Nakano, William Moore and Cooper Verona. Each choreographer will create a signature work on his or her fellow artists.

UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite and In the Night with the PBT Orchestra

5/4/2018 - 5/6/2018 Benedum Center

PBT’s season finale celebrates the 100th birthdays of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. “West Side Story Suite” samples classic songs and dances from the full-length musical and film.

The Diary of Anne Frank

5/4/2018 - 5/13/2018 New Hazlett Theater

The production of this timeless classic brings to life the spirit of a young girl, Anne Frank, as she voices her belief in a world caught up in conflict, prejudice, and confinement. “In spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart." Prime Stage honors Holocaust survivors, Righteous Gentiles, Rescuers and their families.