Theatre contributor Hope Frick offers two holiday shows to add to your “to do” or gift list this season in Lancaster.
The holiday season is here, and there’s no better way to get in the spirit than by catching a show. And lucky for us all, the Lancaster theatre scene is ready to entertain.
Miracle on 34th Street at Dutch Apple Theatre
Dutch Apple Theatre is hosting a production of the beloved Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, through Dec. 23. This is the third holiday show I’ve seen at Dutch Apple, and they have hands down been my favorite shows of the season. There’s something about dinner and a show (full of Christmas carols) that feels festive.
The show’s true magic lies in Dale’s Givens performance as Kris Kringle, whose holly-jolly spirit charms even the ever so serious (yet adorable) Susan Walker. If I was still of the “Santa is real!” age, I’d be convinced Givens was the real deal. He was fantastic as Santa in last year’s run of Elf, and I don’t think Dutch Apple can cast any other actor as Clause.
Plan your trip here. I love gifting a set of tickets as an early Christmas present and festive night out!
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Fulton Theatre
It only makes sense that the Fulton’s largest production to date is also its most magical, and Cinderella is an absolutely enchanting production.
The Fulton’s production draws heavily on the diverse 1997 hit teleplay starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and the incredible cast (led by the sweetest Manna Nichol’s Cinderella) brings true magic to every scene and song. AnnEliza Canning-Skinner’s sassy Fairy Godmother may just be my favorite Fulton performance ever, but every character (yes, even the Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters!) is delightful and heartwarming.
With elaborate sets and costumes, The Fulton has truly outdone itself to bring Cinderella to life.
You do not want to miss this show, it’s pure magic – for any age – that will leave you in awe. The show runs through Jan. 2. I definitely recommend grabbing a pair of tickets as a Christmas gift. Pair it with a dinner downtown for the full experience, too. We visited C’est La Vie for dinner and drinks – including the signature “Glass Slipper” – before the show and it was the perfect atmosphere for the holiday spirit!
The Fulton will also produce Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol as part of its Studio Series beginning November 30. And little ones can still enjoy the magic with the family series’ Snow White, which has been held over until December 30. I love that The Fulton has something for every age and taste so everyone can enjoy the arts!