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Curtain calls: December performing arts performances

Performances coming to the San Diego area in December include So You Think You Can Dance Live!, mutiple Nutcrackers, and The Second City Improv All-Stars.

12.1: The Doo-Wop Project Christmas  

Tight harmonies get a holiday tribute in this one-night singing celebration that features past performers from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys and Motown the Musical.

Moonlight Stage Productions, Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, 760.724.2110,

12.4-30: The Year to Come  

The Playhouse stages the world-premiere of this time-warping work by the rising Lindsey Ferrentino; the piece tracks the fate of a Florida family as its story unfolds backward from 2017 to 2000.

La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010,

12.4: So You Think You Can Dance Live!  

The touring version of the Emmy Award-winning TV hit returns, with the Top 10 contestants from Season 15 of the show.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100,

Top 6 contestants Jensen Arnold (left)) and Jay Jay Dixonbey perform a Tahitian routine to “Lugahiva” choreographed by Tiana Liufau on So You Think You Can Dance.
(Adam Rose )

12.7-9: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914  

Enemy soldiers put down their guns to share the Christmas spirit during World War I; this family-friendly work (a co-presentation with Bodhi Tree Concerts and SACRA/PROFANA) pays tribute to that real-life moment.

San Diego Opera, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown,

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.
(Karli Cadel)

12.7-23: The Nutcracker  

The beloved Tchaikovsky ballet gets one of its earliest 2018 productions at the Spreckels, with dancers accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus.

City Ballet, Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858.272.8663,

City Ballet's The Nutcracker.
(Courtesy photo)

12.12-30: Always … Patsy Cline  

Patsy Cline oughta have her own national holiday, but North Coast Rep gets the season swinging with this ode to the voice behind Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Walking After Midnight.

North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach, 858.481.1055,

Always … Patsy Cline.
(Courtesy photo)

12.14-23: The Nutcracker  

CalBal’s take on the holiday classic brings a cast of more than 150 to the stage of the Civic.

California Ballet, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 858.560.6741,

12.20: The Great Russian Nutcracker  

Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace tour brings spectacular costumes and a large-scale staging to town once again.

Moscow Ballet, Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804,

The Great Russian Nutcracker.
(Courtesy photo)

12.29-30: The Nutcracker  

Sugarplums? Check. Snowfall? Check. San Diego Ballet returns to The Nutcracker with a cast of 100-plus.

San Diego Ballet, Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.294.7378,

San Diego Ballet's The Nutcracker.
(Courtesy photo)

12.29: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas  

The electronic-meets-symphonic act, a Christmas fixture for decades, brings its distinctive take on the sounds of the season back to the Civic.

Broadway/San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619/858/760.570.1100,

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.
(Courtesy photo)

12.31: The Second City Improv All-Stars

Those improv aces from the fabled Second City troupe offer a chance for you to laugh all the way into 2019.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253,

The Second City Improv All-Stars.
(Timothy M. Schmidt)