December Performing Arts Portal

By: Marc Emmelmann

As an east coast native, I still find the holiday times interesting over here in this warm climate.  I’m going on my third winter here, and the Ocean Beach Christmas tree and Horton Plaza’s giant Poinsettia tree are two of my favorite decorations. The obligatory San Diego Christmas palm trees are endearing as well. Here in the performing arts world, many companies are pumping out some seasonal treats and adding to the holiday spirit.  Consider some of these performances while planning your family time or entertaining out of town visitors! Performances mentioned are available at, and many have discounts exclusively through Arts Tix!

Diversionary Theatre is doing a play that got a chuckle out of me after hearing the title: Santa Claus is Coming Out.  But an important entity has this to say: “This isn’t a clumsy parody, but a sensitive, imaginative tale that really is about a boy’s realization that he is different. Mr. Solomon portrays an amazing range of characters, all of them beautifully.”- New York Times

At Cygnet Theatre – It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be on stage for its 5th consecutive season. When was the last time you took a trip to the 1940’s? Looks like Cygnet is making a tradition of their own by keeping this classic radio play alive and well! Get your joy on!

If you are looking for a fun, upbeat and smoking seven piece band musical, look for Storyville at the Lyceum Stage, presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre. Storyville– It’s 1917 in the middle of Mardi Gras, two blocks from the French Quarter in the red light district of New Orleans.  Saloons, gambling joints, brothels and the unique sounds of American jazz. The show boasts 21 singers and dancers!

Traditions of Christmas is being performed via CCT Musical Theater this December at the Balboa Theatre.   You are invited to be enchanted by customs from around the world with all your favorite Christmas stories and holiday songs. As they say, “There is something for everyone as we visit Santa and Mrs. Claus up in the North Pole!”

Many non-seasonal performances are happening this winter too, and by the time this issue hits the stands, our website should be full of things to do this month. A few of them will include Steel Magnolias presented by Point Loma Actors Workshop, The Crucible in its extended run at Moxie Theatre, and Shotgun Wedding Anniversary via Mystery Café Dinner Theatre.  As always, don’t forget to get connected to the arts at!

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