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Holiday performances begin Friday

December 1, 2015

Stephens College is ready to start celebrating the holiday season with two upcoming performing arts events.

The Playhouse Theatre Company presents Roger Bean’s “The Winter Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 9-10 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Macklanburg Playhouse. Tickets.

Audiences can expect every holiday song one can imagine, said Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Performing Arts.

The performance will be set in a hardware store in the 1960s and will star Sydney Benton, Emily Chatterson, Madeleine Campbell and Shannon Cox.

"Audiences can expect to laugh, maybe cry a little and really get into the holiday spirit," said Lee Heinz, assistant professor of musical theatre. "It's a great choice for Stephens because it features four-part harmonies, at which Stephens women excel."

Then, starting Sunday, Columbia audiences can expect old-fashioned holiday fun at the annual Dickens Victorian Christmas event.

The musical program is an authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens. Period dance, music, refreshments and games will be provided.

A Dickens Victorian Christmas, held at Historic Senior Hall, will include a 4 p.m. matinee on Dec. 6 and will start at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8. Tickets.

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