Holiday Shows: The Nutcracker, Lightwire, The Happy Elf & More

The Tri-County area boasts some of the best theater experiences for families.

You don’t have to travel far to see a family-friendly holiday show this season! We’ve looked into the area offerings to see which ones are the best options for families and children - whether you’re looking for something traditional, a waltzing ballet, a whimsical comedy or a light-filled sensation, you are sure to find a way to bring the holidays to life at the theater!

Read on for details, and visit our Holiday Festivities Guide for all area family events and activities.

The Nutcracker, Weill Center, Sheboygan

Presented by Brittany's School of Dance

December 3, at 2 & 7:00pm

December 4 at 2:00pm

Celebrate the joyous Christmas season with Tchaikovsky’s traditional holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.This most beloved ballet will once again be performed by the Dancescape Ballet Company, a talented young company of 44 youth members, ranging in age from 8-19. Parents, family members, and friends round out the remaining 15 members of the cast.

This production features a Christmas party, a battle between life-size mice and toy soldiers, and a magical journey through the snow into the fantasy land of the Sweets. This production is enhanced by its beautiful costumes and colorful sets.

Elf Jr. The Musical, UW Manitowoc

Presented by Treehouse Theater

December 8 & 9 , at 6:30pm

December 10 & 11 at 2:00pm

TREAT YOUR "ELF" this holiday season!! A brand-new holiday musical, based on the hilarious 2003 movie, Treehouse Theater presentsthis youth community production at the UW-Manitowoc Theatre FOUR times: Elf JR follows a boy to the North Pole where he is lovingly raised by Santa’s elves. After reaching adult size and struggling to make toys, Buddy learns that his real father is “on the naughty list” and his half-brother is among a large group of people who no longer believe in Santa Claus. Focused on winning over his new family, Buddy heads to New York City, still wearing his elf clothing. Many comical interactions ensue at his father’s office, the family’s apartment, Macy’s department store and Central Park, as Buddy is determined to help all people remember the true spirit of Christmas.

The Happy Elf, Dare to Dream Theater Productions

December 16, 17, 18

A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, HARRY CONNICK, JR.'S THE HAPPY ELF tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Hoping to introduce a new generation of children to the joys of jazz, Connick has crafted a musical landscape against which Eubie's story unfolds.

THE HAPPY ELF follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa's sleigh team. Instead, he's stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie's off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

Families will love this festive tale of overcoming adversity, friendship, the power of positivity and believing in yourself! THE HAPPY ELF is destined to become a holiday classic!!

The Nutcracker - Capitol Civic Centre, Manitowoc

Presented byJean Wolfmeyer Dance Company

December 16, 7:30 pm

December 17 & 18 at 3:30 pm

Join the Jean Wolfmeyer Dance Company for the 41st Annual production of The Nutcracker, the magical story of Clara’s Christmas Eve journey. Featuring the beautiful compositions of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, you will be transported and delighted by the stunning costuming, sets, and dance of the Jean Wolfmeyer Dance Company.

Bring your family and delight in the tradition that is the Jean Wolfmeyer Dance Company and Capitol Civic Centre presentation of The Nutcracker!

Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas, Weill Center, Sheboygan

December 17, 7;30 pm

“This Christmas performance is perfect for people of all ages and a great show for families,” said Kimberly Meller, General Manager for the Weill Center.

This black light theater production features a story of a young bird, named Max and his family. As they begin their journey south for the winter, Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole! “Traditional and contemporary music will be used to add to the magical tale of Max’s journey,” said Meller.

With dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettia’s, Weill Center’s stage will be lit with bright colors!This magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope is set to timeless holiday hits, including those by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Performing in complete darkness, Lightwire Theater featured as semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent (Season 7) and is internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling.

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