By PAM HARBAUGH
Lots of goodies, but choose fast before they’re gone. Theres: children’s theater (“Santa’s Workshop,” “Annie,” “A Christmas Story, the Musical”); great fun for grownups (“A Tuna Chrismtas,” “Christmas with Dino” and “A Big Band Christmas); and a lot more…read on! And by the way…Mr. Daniel Klintworth is performing right now in the orchestra pit at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando; he’s touring with “The Book of Mormon.”
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SANTA’S WORKSHOP runs Saturday and Sunday at the Henegar. This production is an adaptation of a play written by yours truly…ahem. It will be performed by students from the Henegar Center’s Feller Theatre Academy and directed by Beth Shestak. It’s a delightful, colorful, family friendly romp at the North Pole with Elves and Santa Claus preparing for the big night. With the audience singing fun Christmas carols along with the Elves, all looks okay. But then, two selfish businessman suddenly pop in and convince Santa to take a break while they take over. Things quickly turn pretty glum. Will the Elves get Santa back in time to save Christmas? What about that Panic Button? Can some boys and girls in the audience help? Go see this sweet show and find out. It performs 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Henegar, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $7 plus a $3 handling fee per ticket. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
ANNIE runs through Sunday at the Henegar Center. This favorite seasonal musical has all the dancing and laughing and heart tugging warmness you need. Read a story by clicking here. Tickets are $26 general, $23 for seniors and military and $16 for students. All tickets have a $3 service fee. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL! runs through Saturday at Riverside Theatre for Kids. The production is performed by students of Riverside’s children’s theater program. The show is a musical re-telling of the holiday favorite movie “A Christmas Story” which is about little Ralphie wanting a BB gun for Christmas. It runs 7 p.m. today and Dec. 15 and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16. Tickets are $10. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
THE NUTCRACKER with the Galmont Ballet, performs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $24 general, $22 seniors, students and active military, and $16 children. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the film, will be screened 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050, visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com or click on their ad. $10 general, $9 seniors, students and active military and $8 children.
THE BOOK OF MORMON runs through Sunday at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. This is the professional national tour of the truly, very funny musical about a couple of young Mormon men who find themselves in a remote Ugandan village. And, it STARS…(well, at least according to Brevardians…) the exceedingly talented pianist DANIEL KLINTWORTH. So wish he could come out of the orchestra pit to take a bow. But that would mean he’d have to dress up! The show performs 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $39.25. The venue is at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando. Call 844.513.2014 or visit DrPhillipsCenter.org.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS runs through Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. This riotous show stars Steven Heron and Patrick Sullivan. It is set in Texas’ third smallest town, “where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.” Tickets are $25 and $29. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click on their ad.
CHRISTMAS WITH DINO runs through Dec. 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. The theater company always has a special holiday show, frequently calling upon the talents of Alfie Silva. A wonderful singer and all around great performer, this season, Alfie brings his Dean Martin homage back to life. The show is filled with a bevy of beauties, wonderful songs and sophisticated humor. Tickets start are $30 plus handling. At the posting of this, there is one ticket left for the Dec. 21 add on show. Otherwise, it’s the wait list for you if you don’t have a ticket. MCT is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
STEVE EARLE performs 8 p.m. tonight at the King Center. An American rock, country and folk singer, Earle is also a Grammy award winning songwriter whose works have been recorded by big country names including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Travis Tritt. Tickets start at $42.40. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER will be celebrated by The New York Bee Gees and Rainere Martin as Donna Summer. The show includes great hits such as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “to Love Somebody.” It performs 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Tickets begin at $47.The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com.
A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS features the 17-piece Space Coast Big Band, and singers Michael Mirand and Maddy Winer. It includes holiday classics hearkening to the era of swing. “A Big Bang Christmas” performs 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The show is expected to sell out. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
TEN TENORS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the King Center. The show stars the Australian group known as “rockstars of the opera.” The group has enjoyed 17 years of sold-out performances and expectations are the same for their King Center show. The stylish, sophisticated production includes holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Tickets start at $32. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219 or visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
THE HOLIDAYS RE-GIFTED with Michael Law begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Law, who won CVP hearts in his powerful performance as Emile de Becque in “South Pacific,” starred in last season’s Christmas show. It was so well received that the decision was made to bring it back this year. Tickets are $24 general, $22 seniors, students and military and $16 for children. Cocoa Village Playhouse is at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB offers great entertainment, a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. Patrons will want to sign up now for the jazz club’s swanky New Year’s Eve event. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics Carl Guerra and Lenny Travis Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets begin at $16. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA runs through Saturday at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. The Ruth Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8313, visit their website or Click on their ad.
THE MAGICAL WORKS OF NANCY DILLEN exhibition is on view through Jan. 26, 2018 in the Frits van Eeden Gallery at the Renee Foosaner Education Center. The Frits Van Eeden gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free. The Renee Foosaner Education Center is located at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
THE HISTORY OF SPACE PHOTOGRAPHY and GUARDIANS OF THE COSMOS: PAINTINGS BY RAIMUNDO MARTIN run through Jan. 6, 2018 at the Foosaner Art Museum, at 1463 Highland Avenue. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click on their ad.
FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY 35th Annual Holiday Craft Show runs through Jan. 6, 2018. You can meet some of the artisans at tonight’s First Friday Opening Reception 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec. 23 at the King Center.