PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th Street, begins its 2016 Holiday Extravaganza this Tuesday with an Open House featuring a special visit from Santa.
Jolly Old St. Nick will meet and greet attendees on Tuesdays — Nov. 22 and 29; Dec. 6 and 13, from 3 to 8 p.m. — and Thursdays — Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free. Photos with Santa are $5 and include a complimentary photo frame gift pack.
“With the Playhouse decorated for the season, this is a perfect time to give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and experience the sights, sounds and scents of the season,” stated Palmdale Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagliaro. “We’ll also have complimentary refreshments for you to enjoy.”
Holiday Extravaganza schedule
Dec. 3 – Singalong with Santa
Attendees can enjoy live carolers and tasty refreshments as part of the second annual Singalong with Santa, which starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 3. Santa’s elves will help kids handcraft special keepsakes that are sure to become sentimental treasures. Then attendees can join Santa and The Sunday Night Singers in the theatre for an interactive performance. Tickets are $6 and include a souvenir songbook to use during the show.
Dec. 4 – The Nutcracker Story and Christmas Celebration
Dance comes to the forefront on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m., as the Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theater Dance present The Nutcracker Story and Christmas Celebration. The toymaker Herr Drosselmeyer will tell the enchanting and magical tale of Clara and her Nutcracker in The Nutcracker Story Ballet. Palmdale Junior Ballet will present an abridged version featuring dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes. Palmdale Theatre Dance will celebrate the season with music featuring “Hey Santa Claus,” “Silent Night,” “Christmas Party” and “No Christmas For Me.” Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for students, seniors, military and children 12 and under.
Dec. 10 – The Tony Capko Rockin’ Holiday Big Band
Music finishes up the 2016 Holiday Extravaganza, led by a rousing concert by The Tony Capko Rockin’ Holiday Big Band on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. “Be warned—this ain’t your daddy’s big band!” notes Pagliaro. “This rockin’ holiday mini orchestra combines the excitement of a modern day big band with high energy sounds of the season.” Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, seniors, military and children 12 and under.
Dec. 11 – Smooth Jazz
Next on tap is a Cozy Smooth Jazz Holiday on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. This night of music is designed for listeners to enjoy the sounds of the season Smooth Jazz style. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, seniors, military and children 12 and under. Purchase tickets for both the Cozy Smooth Jazz Holiday and The Tony Capko Rockin’ Holiday Big Band at a discounted price of $25 for adults and $19 for students, seniors, military and children 12 and under.
Dec. 15, 16, 17 – Performances by West Coast Classical
The West Coast Classical caps everything off with three holiday performances. The West Coast Classical Beginning Strings, Beginning Band and Jazz Combo will present a Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under.
On Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m., the West Coast Classical Flute Choir, Saxophone Choir, Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra present Making Spirits Bright. Comic character Charlie Brown is remembered in this musical montage of holiday favorites, including “Christmas Time Is Here,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Skating,” and “Linus and Lucy.” Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children 12 and under.
The West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic Orchestras will present Sounds of the Holidays on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Mendelssohn’s Italian “Symphony No 4 in A Minor” is included, along with many orchestral holiday classics. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children 12 and under.
Tickets for all Palmdale Playhouse events may be purchased online at www.palmdaleplayhouse.com, or at the Box Office beginning two hours before each show, at 38334 10th Street East. For more information on these events, call 661-267-5684.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]