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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, moonlightstage.com

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, lajollaplayhouse.org

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, sdcivic.org

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.

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, 619.533.7000, sdopera.org

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.

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, cityballet.org

City Ballet's The Nutcracker.

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, northcoastrep.org

Always … Patsy Cline.

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, californiaballet.org

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, nutcracker.com

The Great Russian Nutcracker.

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, sandiegoballet.org

San Diego Ballet's The Nutcracker.

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, broadwaysd.com

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.

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, artcenter.org

The Second City Improv All-Stars.

The Second City Improv All-Stars.

(Timothy M. Schmidt)


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