Asheville is always unique and Christmastime is no exception. Along with the traditional performances of The Nutcracker etc. we have some interesting and fun twists on holiday tradition.
The Asheville Community Theater (ACT) is presenting David Sideris’s hilarious and irreverent “Santaland Diaries” December 19-22. In this one man show, a stint as a Department Store Elf is recounted in side-splitting, witty detail.
Another one man tour de force is being presented at the NC Stage Company until December 28th. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol presents a very different take on Dickens’ classic tale. Based on a best-selling book written in 1995, play-write Tom Mula explores the life, death and heroic efforts of Scrooge’s former business partner to save his soul.
Earlier this month The Diana Wortham Theatre offered The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a quirky, fun and colorful ballet based on ETA Hoffman’s original novella. Creativity, great costumes, fantastic sets and student involvement along with the professional dancers made this a wonderful annual family event.
The Diana Wortham also hosts A Swannanoa Solstice, a performance that celebrates the holiday music of the Appalachians and their Celtic, Scots-Irish roots. This one day performance on December 22nd is another annual event and features Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock as well as mandolins, dulcimers, celtic harp and many special guest musicians, dancers and storytellers.
These are just a few of the unique traditions that Asheville offers for celebrating the season. Happy Holidays from A Bed of Roses!