Local Entertainment and Events Dec. 5-12
1. Local Christmas parade season moves into full swing this weekend. On Saturday, you can catch a parade at 1:30 p.m. in Exeter, 2 p.m. in Verona. The Cassville parade has moved to 4 p.m. Sunday.
2. For a new holiday twist, Springfield Little Theater, 311 E. Walnut in Springfield, presents its stage presentation of the Disney musical “Frozen” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, with more weekend shows through Dec. 15. This will be a treat for all ages with songs to hum on the way home.
3. If you want to take in just one Christmas season concert this week, try the 36th annual Evangel University Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in Spence Chapel on the Evangel campus, featuring the university orchestra, chorale, chorus, men's and women's ensembles and Jazz Orchestra. There will be a lot going on in this event, with many participants offering their talents.
SPRINGFIELD: The Springfield Symphony presents its Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 Hammons Parkway.
At Drury University, the Drury Shining Stars give a concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Congregational Hall. The Drury Christmas Vespers concert is offered at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Stone Chapel. Tickets are required for admission.
“Imagine,” the annual tribute concert to John Lennon, is offered at 7 p.m Saturday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.
The Missouri State University double reed society will offer a holiday concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Battlefield Mall.
At the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Chase Rice and Cale Dodds perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The Wah-Wah-Wah Holiday Jam, featuring rappers Lil Baby and Light Skin Keisha, is offered 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Abou Ben Ahdem Shrine Mosque, 601 E. St. Louis.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: Native American flutist John Two Hawks gives his 17th annual Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., the Swingles vocal ensemble performs at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Boston Brass play at 2 p.m. Sunday.
At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Mike Ryan on Thursday; Arkansauce, Pert Near Sandstone and Grassfed on Friday; Fayetteville's School of Rock at noon on Sunnday; the Messthetics on Dec. 9; Laura Stevenson on Dec. 10; Deep Sequence, Trouble in the Streets and Cadillac Jackson on Dec. 11; and the Randy Rogers Band and the Powell Brothers on Dec. 12.
At the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland, the University of Arkansas Collegiate Chorale gives a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The UA Children's Choir performs at 7 p.m. Saturday. The UA Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The Schola Cantorum choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The Inspirational Chorale performs at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12.
At the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave., the CMS Arkansas Gospel Chorale performa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Latin American Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
The UA World Music Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Guisinger Music House, 1 East Mountain St.
SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark.: John Brown University presents a general music and theatre recital at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10, and a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, both at the Berry Performing Arts Center, W. Valley Dr.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: Arts Center of the Ozarks Chorale gives its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 214 S. Main.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, playing this week are Katie Noel on Friday and Insider with a Tom Petty tribute concert on Saturday, both at 9 p.m.
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: At the Indigo Sky Casino, 70220 Highway 60, playing this week are Donnie Ray Stevens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sweet Trouble at 9 p.m. Friday, and nighTTrain at 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
JOPLIN: The 10th annual Seasonal Choral Flourish with the Missouri Southern Concert Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Chamber Singers, MSSU Trumpet Ensemble and Faculty Brass Quintet is presented at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl Ave.
The MSSU Choral Society will give its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St.
TULSA, Okla.: Country music giant Travis Tritt performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
At the River Spirit Events Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway, Chase Rice performs at 8 p.m. Friday.
Country musicians Cody Johnson, Joe Diffie, the Steel Woods and Jesse Raub Jr. at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Tulsa BOK Center, 200 N. Denver.
“An Irish Christmas” with Keith and Kristyn Getty is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Johnston Theatre in the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
The male vocal quartet Il Divo performs a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Hayes Carll on Friday, the Wood Brothers and Katie Pruitt on Saturday, and Matisyahu plus Bedouin Soundclash on Dec. 12.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: The Bartlesville Choral Society presents “Birth, Death and Resurrection” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oklahoma Wesleyan Chapel, 2201 Silver Lake Rd.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: The PSU Music Department performs a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Timmons Chapel, 409 E. Ford St.
Country singer Gene Watson performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 Hwy. 69 Country.
KANSAS CITY: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays its annual winter concert at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis plays a Big Band Holidays concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
TubaChristmas, the open invitation to all tuba and euphonium players to gather and play Christmas music, is offered at noon on Friday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The Kansas City Symphony, chorus and soloists present Handel's “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center.
The Heartland Men's Chorus present their Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
Louis the Child, Duckwrth and John the Blind perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.
The KC Jazz Orchestra performs All Star Holidays concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Kauffman Center.
The vocal ensemble Tenth Avenue North gives a Christmas concert with songs stylistically set from the 1920s to the present at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Folly Theater.
Straight No Chaser plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Midland Theater.
At the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, the KC Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet plays a concert of 20th century music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The UMKC Percussion Ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
The KC Conservatory of Music Choirs give their Christmas concert a 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main.
At the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the KU School of Music presents its Holiday Vespers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
ST. LOUIS: The St. Louis Symphony plays Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks,” J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and “Air on a G String” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.
The St. Louis Symphony Children’s Chorus performs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Powell Hall with guest magician Eli Magic.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Ave., bluegrass giants Dailey and Vincent play at 8 p.m. Friday. The City of Music All-Star Chorus and North County Big Band give their winter recital at 3 p.m. Sunday. The St. Louis Chamber Music Society plays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Rick Thum and friends perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.
International song stylist Craig Pomranz performs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kranzberg Center for the Arts,, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
Jim Brickman gives his Christmas show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-UMSL.
Also at the Touhill, the UMSL Jazz Orchestra Vocal Point and Wind Ensemble present a Jazz for the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs and Orchestra present a Christmas concert with sections of Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Louis Basilica, 4431 Lindell Blvd.
At the Pageant, 6100 Delmar, playing this week are Louis the Child, Duckwrth, and John the Blind on Saturday; Smino on Sunday; Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox on Dec. 9; Highly Suspect and Slothrust on Dec. 10; Steel Panther and Stitched Up Heart on Dec. 11; and 311 plus Boomtown United on Dec. 12.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, Watch What Crappens, Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam play on Friday. Anacrusis plays on Saturday. Batuska plays on Dec. 9. The Nixons, Sponge and Bleach play on Dec. 11.
At the Family Arena in St. Charles, 4&20 presents a tribute concert to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at 7 p.m. on Friday. Jinglefest, a country music holiday show featuring Jon Pardi, Russell Dickerson, Morgan Wallen and Blanco Brown is offered at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Duke Ellington’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at Jazz St. Louis, 3536 Washington Ave., with more shows next weekend.
SPRINGFIELD: Drury University offers “Art Inspired Academy Theatre” at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury campus.
Springfield Contemporary Theater presents Lucas Hnath's sequel “A Doll's House Part 2,” after the Ibsen play, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, with more weekend shows through Dec. 22 at Pershing Street and Robberson Avenue.
The Broadway musical “Bandstand” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
“Piff the Magic Dragon Holiday Show” benefit for Springfield Toys for Tots is offered at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.
OZARK: Deborah Craig-Claar’s play “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel, with more shows through Dec. 14.
BENTONVILLE, Ark: The Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arend Arts Center, 3111 SE J Street.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Theatre Squared continues its run of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, at 477 W. Spring St., with more shows through Dec. 27.
A stage version of Jean Shepherd's “A Christmas Story: the Musical” from the songwriting team “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12.
VAN BUREN, Ark.: Dickens' “Christmas Carol” is presented by Christ Carol Productions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at King Opera House, 427 Main.
JOPLIN: Joe Lovitt’s play “Return of the Christmas Kid” is presented by Joplin Little Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 3009 W. First St.
TULSA, Okla.: Tulsa Ballet presents Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker” with original choreography and setting at 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more weekend shows through Dec. 22 in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St. Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the John H. Williams Theatre, with more shows through the next two weekends.
“Miracle in Bedford Falls,” a musical version of Frank Capra's film “It's a Wonderful Life,” will be presented by Broken Arrow Community Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows next weekend at the Playhouse, 1800 S. Main in Broken Arrow.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: The Haygoods take their Branson Christmas show to the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd, at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Also at the center, Children's Musical Theater of Bartlesville will present “A Christmas Story: the Musical” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 -12.
NEVADA: Community Council on the Performing Arts presents a live radio play of Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, with more shows through next weekend, at the Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main.
KANSAS CITY: Kansas City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, with more performances next weekend at the Kauffman Center.
A touring production of the musical “Miss Saigon” is offered at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, with more shows through next weekend at the Music Hall, 13th and Central. The University of Missouri-KC presents Jen Silverman’s play “The Moors” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
The Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand and Pershing Road, present “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with a live jazz ensemble at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, five afternoon shows and 7 p.m. Saturday, seven shows on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, four evening shows on Dec. 12, with more shows through Dec. 29.
Quality Hill Playhouse opens its revue of holiday music, “Christmas in Song,” at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 1 and 7:30 p.m Dec. 11 and 12, with more shows running through Dec. 22, none on Mondays or Tuesdays, at 303 W. Tenth St.
Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center, Pershing Road at Grand Blvd., presents “A Spectacular Christmas Show” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. Dec. 12, with more shows running through Dec. 22.
Theresa Rebeck’s play “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” recounting Sarah Bernhardt taking on the role on of Shakespeare’s melancholy Danish prince, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, with more shows running through Dec. 29 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical” is presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
COLUMBIA: The Moscow Ballet’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” is offered at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Jesse Auditorium on the Mizzou.
ST. LOUIS; At the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand, a touring production of “Wicked” is offered at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12, with more shows through Dec. 29.
A stage version of a radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life” is presented by Metro Theater at 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more weekend shows through Dec. 15 at the Grandel Theater, 3610 Grandel Square, across from Powell Hall.
Washington University Dance Theatre presents its show “Coalescence at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Edison Theater, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis Repertory Theater at the Loretto Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Grove presents a stage version of Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, noon, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11, and 8 p.m. Dec. 12, with more shows through Dec. 29.
Stray Dog Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave., presents the musical “Disenchanted!” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with more shows through Dec. 21.
Maripat Donovan’s comic play “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: the Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” is presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2and 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, with more shows for the next two weekends at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, I-270 at Page.
SPRINGFIELD: A live nativity is presented at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the auto arena of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, with more shows next weekend.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The 53rd annual Silver Tea will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect.
The Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights is presented at 6 p.m. Friday downtown.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, comic Randy Rainbow performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Singer and comic Timothy Hawkins performs at 7 p.m. Saturday.
FORT SMITH, Ark.: Comic Timothy Hawkins performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.
TULSA, Okla.: The Oral Roberts University Music and Drama Departments present an Old English Christmas on Friday at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis, with a Santa visit at 6 p.m. and a concert at 7 p.m.
At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St., the Tulsa Dog Training Agility Trial runs Friday through Sunday in the Mustang Arena. The Midwest Arms Collector Gun Show runs Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center. The Shelby Mustang Classic Car Auction runs at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Truck Exhibit Hall. The Tulsa Farm Show opens Dec. 12 and runs through next weekend in the River Spirit Expo Hall.
Magician Criss Angel performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Osage Casino Hotel, 951 W. 36th St. N.
ST. LOUIS; Comic Robert Dubai presents his “Stand-Up Jesus” show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, I-270 at Page.
MONETT: Monett’s Festival of Lights, an exhibit of 30 lighting displays at the city’s South Park, Hwys. 37 and 60, runs nightly through the month.
BRANSON: Silver Dollar City’s “Old Time Christmas” festival runs through Dec. 30.
BENTONVILLE, Ark.: The Crystal Bridges Musuem hosts a Mobile Phone Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday at 600 Museum Way.
TULSA, Okla.: The 12th annual Arvest Winterfest runs through Jan. 5 on the skating rink outside the BOK Center, 200 N. Denver.
KANSAS CITY: WinterFest runs through Dec. 31 at the Worlds of Fun theme park.
ST. LOUIS: Repertory Theater of St. Louis offers a Jane Austin Festival with workshops, speakers and presentations at the Loretto Hilton Center of Webster University in Webster Groves.