Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the center, 7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $32. For details call 480-994-ARTS or visit www.scottsdalearts.org.- Craig Wallach
Traditional rendition of Dickens' classic in Gilbert
Everyone from the Muppets to Mickey Mouse to Mr. Magoo has interpreted A Christmas Carol -- in fact, Charles Dickens' most famous story has been filmed more than 200 times. (Not bad for a "ghostly little book," as its author deemed it.) If you're going Carol-ing, save the Blockbuster fees and catch the classic live at Gilbert's Hale Centre Theatre, 50 West Page, where a troupe of local actors gives Dickens' tale the traditional treatment.
A Christmas Carol continues on Monday through Saturday evenings through Tuesday, December 23. Tickets are $16 for matinees, $18 for evening performances. Call the box office, 480-497-1181, for reservations; see www.haletheatrearizona.com for more information. - Jill Koch
Ice, Ice, Baby
Center Dance melts hearts
Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen: A Fairy Tale is brought to choreographed life by Center Dance Ensemble's Frances Smith Cohen, who has interpreted it as a modern dance ballet with music by Sergei Prokofiev. The Snow Queen is about a broken magical mirror whose shards turn human hearts to ice. Kay, a young boy who grows roses with his closest friend Gerda, breathes in a remnant of the mirror and his heart freezes. He's then swept away by the Snow Queen, after which Gerda must travel far and wide to find her lost friend. Performances by Center Dance Ensemble continue from Friday, December 19, through Sunday, December 21, at the Herberger Theater Center's Stage West. Tickets are $19.50 for adults, $16.50 for seniors and $8.50 for students. Call 602-252-8497 for details.Brendan Joel Kelley