GLEN ELLYN – The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will unwrap a mix of music, dance and comedy this holiday season in Glen Ellyn.
VIP Suite Service is available for select concerts for an additional $30 a person and includes a private, pre-show cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by coffee and dessert at intermission, a news release stated.
‘A Christmas Carol’
The family friendly, 70-minute show, adapted for the COD College Theater department by William J. Norris, tells Charles Dickens’ beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns change is always possible and also learns about the great joy of caring for those less fortunate. With an exuberant cast of 50, this marks the 15th time that COD College Theatre has presented the tale to usher in the holidays at the MAC. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 23, and at 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25. Tickets cost $14 for youth and $16 for adults.
Playing on their signature, 24-karat-gold-plated instruments, the members of Canadian Brass will light up the season with festive music for all ages. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, Canadian Brass has become one of the world’s most famous brass groups renowned for genre-bending versatility, humor and joyous performances. The ensemble will appear at 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets cost $30 to $49. A free MAC Chat is planned, and the VIP add-on is available.
‘A Doo Wop Christmas Show’
Stars from Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical” and their band team up for a concert of old-school, new-generation and classic doo-wop hits. The Doo Wop Project brings an authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate and sometimes reimagine some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets cost $50 to $60, and the VIP add-on is available.
Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers a healthy dose of seasonal satire, where neither holiday film classics and family gatherings nor Christmas carols are too sacred for a show that is an alternative to the usual holiday fare. The production contains adult language and themes. Performances begin at 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets cost $32 to $46, and the VIP add-on is available.
‘The Nutcracker’ ballet
Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet will team with New Philharmonic to present “The Nutcracker” with live orchestral accompaniment for the Tchaikovsky score. It promises a magical full-scale production, guest artist dancers and dazzling costumes. Performances begin at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15, and 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets cost $34 for youth and $44 for adults.
‘A Million Dollar Christmas’
The hit cast of Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash returns by popular demand for a holiday show that’ll have the MAC rockin’ around the Christmas tree. It will feature a full catalog of classic rock ’n’ roll hits, plus a selection of heartwarming holiday tunes. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets cost $45 to $65 and the VIP add-on is available.
New Philharmonic New Years Eve
People can ring in the New Year a little early with Maestro Kirk Muspratt and New Philharmonic audience favorites Alisa Jordheim and Corey Crider. Waltzes, polkas, arias, light classical and movie music are featured in the program topped off with a celebratory toast. It will be presented at 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets cost $67.
Spirit of the season
Beginning Nov. 23, audience members are invited to bring one or two nonperishable food items to support the MAC’s food drive for the People’s Resource Center. The PRC food pantry serves more than 3,000 families from across DuPage County each month. For information, visit peoplesrc.org.
The MAC also participates in a gift item collection for Metropolitan Family Services from Nov. 23 to Dec. 19. Families in DuPage County are in particular need of winter accessories , sweatshirts and slippers. Metropolitan Family Services provides a variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential. For information, visit metrofamily.org/community-centers/dupage.