This year, Elm Street presents “The Lazy Elves,” a free performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday before the Woodstock Lighted Jubilee Parade.
“Families may attend the show, enjoy the shops and restaurants and then the parade,” Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms said.
Other performances of “Elves” will be at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Discounted tickets online are $10 and include sales tax.
“And, we actually have Santa Claus starring in our show, and he will be available following performances to hear children’s Christmas wishes, so be sure to bring a camera,” Grooms said.
Next to open will be “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. starring local baritone Scott Estep as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Additional performances of “Carol” are at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 24 and at 7:30 pm on Dec. 22.
Also featured in the production are Chris Hotz and Jennifer Moerschel as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, Darrell Meek and Sam Kuzian as Fred and Alice, Cary Frickes as Jacob Marley, Savannah Milligan as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Benjamin Norman as Ghost of Christmas Present and Olivia Smith as Future.
“Seeing this great story on Christmas Eve is a delightful family experience that many of our patrons return for year after year,” Grooms said.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” stars Brad Leak of Woodstock as George Bailey.
“Some patrons may remember Brad as the wise-cracking Magic Mirror in September’s ‘Snow White’,” Grooms said.
Joe Morrison plays Clarence, the bumbling guardian angel and Mike Jenks plays Mr. Potter. Performances will be Dec. 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.
“We began by adding a short Christmas-themed production more suitable for very young children than ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Even numbered years we stage ‘The Lazy Elves’ and on odd years, ‘The Little Drummer Boy,’” Grooms said, “Then a board member suggested ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ would be a great addition to the season, but we didn’t want to give up ‘A Christmas Carol’ because it’s a tradition. So now we have three terrific shows for the holidays.”
And for those who can’t decide which show they’d like to see, those who attend one show may return to see another for half price.
City Center Auditorium holds a few hundred people, so there are always seats available.
“A new sound system has been installed by PDH Systems of Kennesaw,” said Grooms, “with seven speakers and zone microphones to enhance the experience for our patrons.”
Discounted online tickets for “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” are $12 adults, $11 seniors and $10 for ages 12 and younger, and include sales tax.
Go to www.elmstreet
arts.org to purchase tickets. Group ticket sales are available by calling the box office at (678) 494-4251.