“A Christmas Carol: The New Musical,” starting December 4, Players Guild Theatre Mainstage, Canton. A local tradition with singing, dancing, ghosts, miserly Scrooge and a message of holiday uplift. playersguildtheatre.com

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour, December 10, 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace, Cleveland. The cool-jazz saxman is joined by Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfter and Righteous Brother Bill Medley. playhousesquare.org

Canton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” December 11-13, Palace Theatre, Canton. Zachary Catazaro (a Canton Ballet alumnus) and Sterling Hyltin of New York City Ballet star in this year’s sparkling holiday ballet. cantonballet.com

36th annual TubaChristmas, December 12, noon and 2:30 p.m., E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron. Hundreds of tubas crowding the stage, playing Christmas songs. uaevents.com

An Olde English Christmas with Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits, December 12, 7 and 9 p.m., Tangier, Akron. Noone is a delightful showman, and this should be nostalgia-filled. thetangier.com

Jingle Bell Swing starring Helen Welch, December 15 and 16, 8 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre. Jazzy vocals and cheeky British humor from Welch and her trio. akroncivic.com

An Irish Christmas, December 17, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Kent State Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia. A festive touring production with Irish musicians, dancers, singers and storytelling. kent.edu/tusc

Ryan Humbert Holiday Extravaganza: Country Christmas, December 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre. Country-flavored holiday music from vocalists Humbert and Emily Bates and the Hillbilly Idol band. akroncivic.com

“A Christmas Story,” through November 27 through December 23, Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland. The Cleveland Playhouse’s stage version of the beloved holiday film gets all the details right. playhousesquare.org

Sara Evans at Christmas, December 21, 7:30 p.m., Palace Theatre, Canton. Christmas songs and chart
hits from the country vocal star. cantonpalacetheatre.org

About The Author

Dan Kane

Dan Kane is the entertainment editor for The Repository’s Ticket magazine, for which he writes about theater, movies, rock ‘n’ roll, art, classical music, dance, restaurants, festivals and everything else that’s going on. Growing up in Wooster, he always thought of Canton as “the big city.”

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