'Snow Queen' cast includes Grace Peets, left, as Gerda, Alex Boyles as The Troll, Reese Rush as Kai and Rebecca K. Campbell as the Snow Queen. Mail Tribune / Denise Baratta

Holidays in the Limelight

The holidays are all about traditions, such as Christmas carols, sentimental old movies like "Miracle on 34th Street" and stage productions like "The Nutcracker." Here are five seasonal shows to help keep traditions alive — and perhaps start some new ones — in Southern Oregon.


1. 'Pine Mountain Lodge' at OCT

Oregon Cabaret Theatre, 241 Hargadine St., Ashland, will present "Pine Mountain Lodge," a world premiere musical from Cabaret Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle and Managing Director Rick Robinson in the style of "Grand Hotel" and "White Christmas." The show, which runs through Dec. 31, features classic old songs and tells the story of a returning World War II vet who’s been tasked with shutting down his late father’s flagging upstate New York hotel, only to discover that the hotel is haunted by two quarreling ghosts — former lovers and famous dance partners. The ghosts put aside past grievances to convince the young man to put on one last show to save the hotel. For details, see https://theoregoncabaret.com/pine-mountain-lodge/ or call the box office at 541-488-2902.


2. 'The Snow Queen'

The Contemporary Theatre Project will stage a pop/rock musical adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie "Frozen." Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. Dare to enter a world where flowers sing, animals talk and riddles yearn to be solved. The show will be staged at a new 99-seat theater at the Medford Center, across from Tinseltown and Stone Cold Creamery. The project will stage a matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, and performances will continue on weekends through Dec. 31. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. matinees are offered Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. For ticket prices and more details, see www.ctporegon.org or call 541-246-3699.


3. Studio Roxander — 'The Nutcracker'

​This holiday favorite gets a breath of new life with David and Elyse Roxander's full-length production that premiered in 2010. Performances are held at the Crater Performing Arts Center in Central Point. Show dates are Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 16-18. At the Kingdom of the Sweets, a post-matinee meet and greet, attendees can get autographs and take photos with their favorite characters. For tickets and more details, call 541-773-7272 or see www.studioroxander.com.


4. 'Nutcracker Ballet,' Medford Civic Ballet

Medford Civic Ballet will present its two-act "Nutcracker Ballet" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Central Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. A free meet-and-greet will follow the Sunday matinee, and attendees will be able to get photos and autographs from the dancing stars in the big lobby. For information, call 541-772-1362 or see www.medforddanceartscenter.com.


5. 'White Christmas, The Musical' at Randall Theatre

Based on the popular film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow two beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features such standards as "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean" and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas." Shows are at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 15-17, 21-23, 27-29 and at 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 18, 24 and 31. The theater is at 10 Third St., Medford. For ticket information and details, see www.randalltheatre.com or call 541-632-3258.


— Reach Mail Tribune features and digital engagement editor David Smigelski at 541-776-8784 or dsmigelski@mailtribune.com.


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