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Through Dec. 22 The Wizard of Oz: The Holiday Family Concert is a magical concert of the well-known story. As Dorothy dreams of escaping her mundane life in Kansas, a twister hits the farm and transports her and Toto to Oz. There, we encounter the familiar perils and cast of characters. The play/concert is being staged at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch. Information: www.thefirehousetheatre.com.

Through Dec. 22 Cirque Holidays celebrates holidays around the world through a unique blend of theater and circus. Showcasing both international and local circus talent, the show features death-defying stunts, amazing feats and entertaining clowns. The performance by Lone Star Circus is at the WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Information: watertowertheatre.org.
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Through Dec. 29 A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre in a fresh take on the beloved classic. Full of music, spirits and cheer, Dallas Theater Center's production boldly reimagines Dickens' classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas. The Wyly is located at 2400 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Dec. 15 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a stage production based on the beloved TV classic. The holiday adventure with its timeless message - what makes you different is what makes you special - is presented by First Stage at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Information: www.attpac.org.

Dec. 17-22 Once on This Island is a musical that follows a fearless peasant girl as she sets out on an adventure in search of her place in the world. Guided by the island gods, she reunites with the man who stole her heart. Catch her remarkable journey at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.attpac.org.

Dec. 26-28 The Grand Illusions of Rob Lake features disappearing acts, predictions, levitations and death-defying magic tricks by a celebrated illusionist, recipient of the prestigious Merlin Award. Lake performs at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. in Dallas. Information: www.liveatthemusichall.com.

Dallas: Dec. 28-Jan. 5 and Jan. 25-26, Richardson: Jan. 11-12 Shen Yun is a trip to the magical world of ancient China. Through breathtaking classical Chinese dance, legends come to life. The performance is a unique blend of colorful costuming, high-tech backdrops, and a live orchestra. Catch it Dec. 28-Jan. 5 and Jan. 25-26 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. See it Jan. 11-12 in Richardson at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. Information: www.shenyun.com.
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Dec. 29-Jan. 19 The Color of Death! is an intriguing evening of theater. The play's first act is in "Living Black & White," and its second is in living color. Harry Hunsacker is a wannabe actor turned private detective. He and his assistant Nigel Grouse are enlisted by the Army to go undercover and infiltrate a top-secret Nazi research lab in Bavaria. They quickly discover the Nazis have a game-changing weapon they are about to unleash. Catch the campy thriller at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, just across the plaza from the DART Rail station. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.
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Jan. 2-5 The Wild Party is a dark story enlivened by a pulse-quickening score that captures the sound of a bygone era. Queenie and Burrs, two lovers in a reckless relationship, throw a decadent party at their New York City apartment. Among the colorful guests is a striking man who catches Queenie's eye. The tale of love, lust and jealousy plays at the Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.juniorplayers.org.

Wednesdays Zalaughs is an open-mic comedy event that takes place each week at Zalat Pizza in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Signup is at 9:30 p.m. and performances begin at 10 p.m. While you're there, enjoy some of the best pizza in town. Zalat is at 1032 E. 15th St., right around the corner from the DART Rail station. Information: www.visitdowntownplano.com.

Every Thursday Dallas Comedy House is a beloved local institution, and it offers something unique every Thursday - the weekly Improv Comedy Night, in which some of the club's best comedians create a fully improvised scene based on audience suggestions. The Dallas Comedy House is at 3036 Elm St. in Deep Ellum. Information: dallascomedyhouse.com.


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