Last Call For Art: Two Christmas Shows Already Ending
The Masquerade Theatre brings the final curtain down on its singing Scrooge on Sunday. This production of the musical version of A Christmas Carol marked its Houston premiere, and, according to Houston Press arts writer D. L. Groover, it's quite a show. He wrote, "The musical is ... expertly adapted by Mike Ockrent and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical), with just enough Dickens to capture the right tone. The masterful Masquerade Theatre snuggles right into the enlivening spirit, buoying up the material with high-kicking routines by choreographers Laura Gray, Michelle Macicek and William Martin, and all the company members blend their superb voices during the anthems and feel-good moments ... The main voice, of course, in any fine Carol is the Scrooge, and veteran Masquerader Luke Wrobel is devilishly delicious, thundering out his characteristic "Bah, Humbug" or squeaking a droll burp of surprise when menaced by the pesky ghosts." 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit www.masqueradetheatre.com. $30 to $60.
That's no surprise to us -- canons, battle scenes and the chance to make nut-cracking jokes all night -- what boy wouldn't be happy? Russians-turned-Texans Olga Pavlova and Yevgeni Anfinogenov will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Local dancer Raffles Durbin, from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, will perform the role of the Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Geiger Performing Arts Center, 16713 Ella. For information, call 281-444-9698 or visit www.houstondancetheatre.org. $18.