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 Actors' Summit presents 'Guys on Ice'
Actors' Summit Theater
Wednesday, November 25th - Sunday, December 20th

Guys on Ice is a typical, hysterical day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd. They are fishing buddies and home-grown philosophers who share a fishing hut. With musical numbers like, 'The Wishing Hole,' 'Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,' and 'Fish is the Miracle Food,' Guys on Ice is a laugh out loud gem of a musical with a 'Half-time' show!

Nov. 25 - Dec. 20, Actors' Summit Theater, Greystone Hall, Akron, 330-374-7568

 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens presents Deck the Hall
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Friday, November 27th - Saturday, January 2nd

One of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with over 800,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of 'Home for the Holidays.' DAZZLE is a fantastic outdoor light show animated to new music each year.

Nov. 27, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2016 (select nights), Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 330-836-5533

 Great Lakes Theater presents 'A Christmas Carol'
Great Lakes Theater
At PlayhouseSquare
Saturday, November 28th - Wednesday, December 23rd

Open your heart to Charles Dickens’ classic tale of one man’s ultimate redemption. One of northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theater for children and adults of all ages. Celebrate the season with the ones you love.

November 28 - December 23, Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave, Cleveland. 216-241-6000

 Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents Jupiter Quartet
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
At Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights
Tuesday, December 1st

The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). As they enter their thirteenth year of making music together, the members of this tightly-knit ensemble have firmly established their quartet as an important voice in the world of chamber music. In addition to their performing career, the Jupiters are the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where they maintain private studios as well as responsibility for running the chamber music program. Jupiter Quartet is performing in collaboration with the CIM Chamber Music Festival.

December 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights, 216-291-2777

 Performing Artists Series: Golden Dragon Acrobats
Stocker Arts Center
Tuesday, December 1st

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30pm, Stocker Arts Center, Elyria 1-800-995-LCCC

 Handel's Messiah
Cleveland Orchestra
At Severance Hall
Thursday, December 3rd - Saturday, December 5th

In his time, Handel was a music superstar, and at Messiah’s premiere in 1742, the concert hall was so packed that the hall's management pleaded with ladies to wear dresses "without Hoops" in order to make "Room for more company." Now a beloved musical tradition of the holiday season, Handel’s glorious celebration of the life of Christ rings with joy and conviction, and still awes listeners 250 years after the composer's death.

December 3rd - 5th, Severance Hall, Cleveland, 216-231-1111

 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, December 3rd - Saturday, December 19th

Six mid-pubescent kids vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime! While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, these eclectic tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming 'ding' of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Winner of numerous awards — including the Tony Award for best book of a musical — this giddy and charming musical celebrates the trials and tribulations of adolescence while reminding us that, deep down inside, everyone is a winner!

Dec 3rd - 19th, Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626

 First Friday Canton: Home for the Holidays
Arts in Stark
At Downtown Canton
Friday, December 4th

First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art @ 5:30, followed by the full-out event downtown from 6-10 p.m. Rain or shine. First Friday happens every month – year ’round!

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Canton Art District, downtown Canton, (330) 452-4096

 Heritage Series: Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
At Happy Days Lodge
Friday, December 4th

This holiday performance features Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas playing American Old Time and Celtic music on hammered dulcimer and bass. Tina, a virtuoso player known for her driving energy, syncopated rhythms and fine musicality was described by Pete Seeger as 'the best hammered dulcimer player I’ve heard in my life.' Tina is joined by Bryan Thomas, an accomplished and versatile double bassist, creating a surprising and wonderful musical experience.

Friday, Dec. 4th at 8 p.m. Happy Days Lodge, Boston Township, (330) 657-2909 option 4

 Dobama presents 'Peter and The Starcatcher'
Dobama Theatre Company
At Dobama Theatre
Friday, December 4th - Sunday, January 3rd

This prequel to 'Peter Pan' introduces us to 13-year-old Molly Aster who finds herself in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and angry Mollusks as she and three orphan boys (one of whom happens to be unnamed) attempt to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father. This 5-time Tony Award winning play features a dozen actors playing more than 100 unforgettable characters using talent, stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

December 4, 2015 - January 3, 2016, Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 932-3396

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