By PAM HARBAUGH
In the midst of all your shopping and preparing for family, don’t forget your own holiday spirits. One of the best ways to put some joy into your personal stocking is by heading to a ballet, the theater or a concert. Here’s your list of wonderful treats for this weekend…this time we start with Dance.
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MY CHRISTMAS DREAM with the Brevard Ballet Academy dancers will fill your hearts with delight this Saturday. Under the leadership of artistic diretor Elena Shokhina, this is the Academy’s second annual dance gala. It includes hand painted backdrops, sumptuous costumes, snow machine wizardry. Seating is limited. The curtain rises 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the performing arts center of Eau Gallie High School, 1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 321-622-4713, click here or click onto their ad.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is, yes, a stage musical. But more than anything, this is wonderful dance theater. The show runs through Sunday at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. To read a review, click here. “An American in Paris” runs through Sunday, Dec. 18 at Dr. Phillips Center, 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL. Tickets begin at $33.75. Call 844-513-2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. To read a review, click here. In it, Steve Costner and Michael Thompson take on 22 roles in this warm-hearted but decidedly off beat comedy. It performs at various times throughout the holiday season, including Christmas Eve. Tickets are $30. MCT is at 817 Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical runs through Dec. 18 at the Henegar Center. And wow, is this delighting audiences. Read the bubbling over review of the show by clicking here. The show performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16 to $26. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click onto their ad.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL brings the Nebraska Theater Caravan’s a cast of 23 performers, live musicians and sumptuous costumes to the King Center this Saturday. Included are wonderful holiday songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail Wassail,” “Away in a Manger” and “Greensleeves.” To see snippets from this production, click onto the video below. It performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the King Center, 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets start at $24 for adults and $19 for children. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad and navigate.
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) runs through the month at Orlando Shakes. It features three professional actors in an exhaustive look at, well, every Christmas story ever told. Check out the video below. It runs at various times and dates. A talk-back is planned following Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets start at $25. Orlando Shakes is at 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Call 447-1700 or visit OrlandoShakes.org.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: The Musical continues its run through Dec. 18 at Titusville Playhouse. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Titusville Playhouse is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Tickets are $20 to $28. Call 321-268-1125 or visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com.
A RAT PACK CHRISTMAS runs Saturday and Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. This is a national touring tribute band bringing back memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. To see a video of this tour, click here. Saturday’s show starts at 8 p.m., Sunday’s show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (South 5th Street), Cocoa Beach. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
MICHAEL LAW: THE HOLIDAYS UNWRAPPED features the amazing singer, Michael Law, plus guests Sally Kalarovich, Kristen Warren and Roger Guthrie. The special holiday concert begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $16 to $24. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
COMEDY ZONE is happening this weekend at Riverside Theatre. Stand up comedians Chris Gorges and Tiffany Barbee perform 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can buy a picnic style dinner and also drinks. Tickets begin at $16. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW runs through Jan. 7 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This is a great spot to pick up unusual gifts for the holidays. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. Gallery hours during this exhibit will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or click onto their ad.
RADIANT MESSENGER: Drawings by China Marks runs through Jan. 7, 2017 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read about the exhibit by clicking here. The museum also has LIGHT UP THE ARTS is an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary celebration of Preston Studios running through Dec. 31 Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org, call 321-674-8916 or click onto their ad.
TRANSFORMERS: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING OUR MATERIAL CULTURE runs through Saturday at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. To read more about it, click here. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313, click here or click onto their ad.
AQUA EDITIONS is a Derek Gores Gallery project combining artists and interior designers/decorators. Read more about that by clicking here. Derek Gores gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-258-2119 or visit DerekGores.com.