Kickstart the holidays with these four shows. Four Shows to Get You in The Holiday Spirit

By Abigail Trabue

Turkey will soon be consumed, and The Plaza lights are moments away from twinkling. The holidays have come to Kansas City, and if you are looking to dive right in and fill your stocking with cheer, then these four shows were made for you.

THE NUTCRACKER at Kansas City Ballet 

Pictured: Dillon Malinski and Charles Martin. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.


It isn’t the holiday season until The Sugar Plum Fairy dances in celebration of Clara and The Nutcracker Prince, and thankfully we have in Kansas City one of the finest productions I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. With stunning and lively choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney, Kansas City Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER will bring childhood wonder to all and remind us to “imagine again.”


A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Kansas City Repertory Theatre  

Pictured: Gary Neal Johnson and Shanna Jones. Photo courtesy of KCRep


Doesn’t get much more Christmasy than Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. A Kansas City Repertory Theatre tradition, this current production again features a new adaptation from former KCRep Artistic Director Eric Rosen, and while last year’s iteration left us wanting, especially in the adaptation department, this year’s production brings Marissa Wolf back to Kansas City to direct and features some of the finest home-grown talent around. Hopes are high that this year all the feels will be there, and Ebenezer Scrooge will turn even this reviewer’s hesitant heart.


CHRISTMAS IN SONG at Quality Hill Playhouse 

Pictured: 2017 Ensemble of CHRISTMAS IN SONG. Photo by Larry Levenson


There is something so magical about an evening of Christmas songs, and when they are in the hands of strong vocalists and Producing Artistic Director J. Kent Barnhart on the piano, you can be assured your holiday favorites will shine. Sprinkled with a little bit of something for everyone, CHRISTMAS IN SONG is a lovely tribute to some of our most treasured holiday tunes.



Pictured (l-r): Kimberly Girkin, Catie Wolff, Ashley Elliot-Rowe, David LeVota, and Zach Faust. Photo by J. Robert Schraeder


He’s back! The Coterie knows how to do family fun, and this year they are bringing my favorite red-nosed reindeer back to Kansas City to remind us that we all deserve a chance to play “reindeer games.” Featuring a delightful cast of Kansas City favorites, RUDOLPH is perfect for the family and will leave you smiling and filled with those warm holiday fuzzies.


Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of both PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City. She is also the founder of the RV Miles Network and travels full-time with her husband and kids producing three weekly podcasts and a travel blog - Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has worked as an actor/director for 15 years. She is married to PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson and has three amazing boys. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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