What to see? What to do? There’s something for every taste. Our ideal weekend would include taking tea with Frog and Toad at Synchronicity Theatre, and seeing Libby Whittemore at Actor’s Express and “A Little Princess” at Theatrical Outfit. Pictured: Synchronicity’s Toad (Robert Lee Hindsman, left) and Frog (Chase Davidson). Photo by Chris Bartelski.


Libby Whittemore as Connie Sue Day. Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas. THROUGH SUNDAY. Funny lady and singer extraordinaire Libby Whittemore returns to Actor’s Express for her seventh annual holiday show. Expect holiday classics, a few surprises, and tunes made classic by Whittemore herself (including, perhaps, “The 12 Days of a White Trash Christmas” by alter ego Connie Sue Day, the 31st Lady of Country Music). $40 plus tax. 7:30 nightly. 887 West Marietta St. in the King Plow Arts Center. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.607.7469.

A Little Princess. THROUGH DEC. 27. Privileged Sara Crewe, daughter of an adventurer in Africa, finds herself in Victorian London, where she’s forced to become a servant. Emerson Steele (Broadway’s recent Violet) plays Sara. This family musical by Brian Crawley and Andrew Lippa is based on the 1905 Frances Hodgson Burnett novel. $25-$50. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23. At Theatrical Outfit‘s Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.528.1500. Discount tickets at

Allison Gann and Emerson Steele as Sara in "A Little Princess." Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus
Allison Gann and Emerson Steele as Sara in “A Little Princess.” Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

A Year With Frog and Toad. THROUGH DEC. 27. Synchronicity Theatre reprises its popular musical with a mostly new cast. The cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad might get hopping mad at each other, but their friendship sees them through a year of adventures for all seasons. Chase Davidson (Actor’s Express’ Rent) is Frog; Robert Lee Hindsman (AE’s Stupid F*cking Bird) is Toad. This is Synchronicity’s sixth staging of the show and its best. $15-$35. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 + 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 + 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 2 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Synchronicity Theatre at Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.484.3686.

This weekend only

"Krampus." Photo: Jenni Girtman
“Krampus.” Photo: Jenni Girtman

Krampus Christmas. TONIGHT-SATURDAY. This beer-filled tradition returns to 7 Stages. The Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra and Syrens of the South anchor a company of burlesque dancers, stilt-walkers, aerialists and other performers in a hard-rocking, sexy comedy that looks askance at Christmas traditions with Krampus, St. Nick’s demonic companion. $22.50. 8 nightly. 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.523.7647. Discount tickets at

popsA Very Merry Holiday POPS! TONIGHT + SATURDAY. Find your jolly to the sounds of holiday classics led by principal pops conductor Michael Krajewski and featuring Broadway and concert soloist Capathia Jenkins; Morris Robinson, the orchestra’s artist-in-residence; and the All-City High School Chorus. Santa might show up, too. $20-$70. 8 tonight; 2 + 8 p.m. Saturday. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. (Note: On Friday, the  8 p.m. concert is at Bailey Performance Center, Morgan Hall, at Kennesaw State University. Tickets HERE.) Symphony Hall details, tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. Discount tickets at

Last chance

Hofmann reliving Mary's angst.
Hofmann digs into her character’s angst.

The 12 Dates of Christmas. THROUGH SATURDAY. Funny lady Jaclyn Hofmann returns for a third season as a woman who sees her fiancé kiss another woman on national TV during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. At Aurora Theatre. $20-$30. 8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

Christmas Canteen 2015. THROUGH SUNDAY. Aurora Theatre’s annual holiday revue turns 20 with more of the audience-pleasing jokes and songs for which it’s known. $30-$65; 8 tonight-Friday; 2:30 + 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Selling out, so please check ahead. 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.


A Christmas Carol. THROUGH SUNDAY. Aurora Theatre artistic director Anthony P. Rodriguez again delivers his one-man version of Dickens’ classic holiday parable, playing all the roles, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim. $20-$30. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free, covered, attached parking in city deck at 153 E. Crogan St. Details, tickets HERE or at 678.226.6222.

Let Nothing You Dismay. THROUGH DEC. 20. A world premiere comedy by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne at Stage Door Players, in which eight actors play 22 characters. It’s Christmas, and a young couple about to become parents has  asked family members for space. Of course, no one listens. Has gotten mixed reviews but has a stellar cast, including Shelly McCook, Doyle Reynolds and Gina Rickicki. $15-$30. 8 tonight-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road,  Dunwoody. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.396.1726.

Still playing

Christian Clark is in his 14th season with Atlanta Ballet. Photo: Charlie McCullers
Christian Clark is in his 14th season with Atlanta Ballet. Photo: Charlie McCullers

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. THROUGH DEC. 27. A hallmark of metro Atlanta’s holiday season. This year marks the 20th anniversary of artistic director John McFall’s staging; he has announced he’ll retire at the end of the season. $20-$127, plus ticketing fees of up to $17.95 per ticket. 7:30 tonight-Friday; 2 + 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 + 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Also at 2 p.m. Dec. 22; 2 + 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23; 1 p.m. Dec. 24. 2 p.m. only on Dec. 27. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.892.3303. Discount tickets at For more, see this ENCORE FEATURE.

A Christmas Carol. THROUGH DEC. 27. Bah, humbug, indeed. The Alliance Theatre’s  multicultural, musical staging of the Dickens classic returns with David de Vries as Scrooge for a second season; longtime Scrooge Chris Kayser returns, after a year off, as Marley. Tickets start at $20. Show times vary; details HERE. Tickets HERE or at 404.733.5000. For more, see this ENCORE FEATURE.

CX-rudolph-santaRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. THROUGH DEC. 27. Rudolph, Hermey, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster are all part of this Center for Puppetry Arts adaptation of the classic holiday TV special. You know the story. It has something to do with reindeer games. Told with rod, body, blacklight and animated puppets. For ages 4 and up. $20.50. 10 a.m. + noon Tuesday-Wednesday; 10 a.m., noon + 2 p.m. today-Friday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. + 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 + 3 p.m. Sunday. All show times through end of run HERE. 1404 Spring St. N.W. Details, tickets HERE or at 404.873.3391.

CX-snowThe Snow Queen. THROUGH DEC. 30. The story of best friends Gerda and Kai, and the evil queen who separates them, returns for a second season at Serenbe Playhouse. Adapted by frequent Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle from the Hans Christian Andersen tale that also led to the Disney movie Frozen. The 50-minute show takes place outdoors, is family-friendly, performed rain or shine and requires walking. Selling out, so please check ahead. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 6 + 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10642 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Directions HERE. Details, tickets HERE or at 770.463.1110. Discount tickets at

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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