Christmas time’s a comin’ to our favorite historic theater on the Square! The Earl Strand Theater is offering four super-fun ways to make magical Christmas memories with you and yours this holiday season. So make plans now to add these jolly events to your calendar before the Christmas crazies hit!
1. A Christmas Tradition
This December, The Strand welcomes the return of last year’s highly successful winter music revue, A Christmas Tradition. Guaranteed to make the entire family dance, clap, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays, this upbeat song and dance revue will feature classic Christmas tunes, as well as childhood favorites and contemporary gems.
And, in case you have a scrooge in your familial mix. No worries! The Strand has added a brand new children’s choir that fill the the grinch-iest of hearts with the holiday spirit. In addition to the main show, A Christmas Tradition will feature a trolley replica on stage and a multimedia tribute to the highlights of Marietta. There will also be a pre-show holiday sing-along with Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ 30 minutes before showtime.
For the third year running, The Strand will play host to the whimsical stylings of Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony as they present a jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Bützer and Mahony will be playing the fanciful Christmas songs that Charlie Brown and the gang have made favorites for the holiday season. The show is guaranteed to tickle your nostalgia-bone and get you in the Christmas spirit. With a history of sold out shows, don’t wait to get your tickets!
3. Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball
Give that special starry-eyed child in your life an early Christmas present they’ll love with an afternoon of tea party fun. You and your prince or princess will start the evening with Christmas royals Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy in the The Strand’s banquet chamber for High Tea. (High Tea includes juice or tea and a plate of sweet treats.)
Afterwards, the Prince and Princess will teach young guests a few simple royal dances at the Grand Yuletide Ball. Children (and their guests, too!) are encouraged to dress up for the special occasion.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life Marathon
Plan now to take a break from the frantic rush of last-minute holiday shopping and remember the importance of family and compassion with a day-long marathon showing of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Monday before Christmas, put on your Christmas jammies (really!), grab some popcorn, and prepare to be heart warmed with the classic story of redemption and hope. Arrive 30 minutes early to catch the holiday pre-show and sing along with the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.
1. A Christmas Tradition, December 5-21
Week 1: Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
Week 2: Friday, Dec 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
Week 3: Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.
Tickets for A Christmas Tradition are on sale now. Seating is assigned, and tickets are $25. Special pricing for seniors, students, and groups are available online and through the box office.
2. Charlie Brown Christmas Concert, Thursday December 18, 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of show.
3. Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball, December 20 & 21 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for children and adults. (Limited space available.) Ticket includes a gift bag of goodies for our young guests that include an autograph book to commemorate the afternoon with Christmas Royalty and new friends.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life Marathon, Monday, December 22 at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., & 9 p.m.
Tickets are general admission, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and military.
The Earl Strand Theater is located at 117 North Park Square in Marietta. Box office hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Also, The box office opens two hours before showtime.