Many people look forward to revisiting familiar holiday productions. But for those seeking something new, there are some great choices this year:
Elf: The Musical (Nov. 12-17, N.C. Theatre and Broadway Series South, Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh. $25-$81; nctheatre.com). Start your holiday celebrations early with this musical based on the popular Will Ferrell movie. It follows Buddy, who works for Santa Claus, as he leaves for New York City to find his father, after Buddy learns hes not an elf.
Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Dec. 3-8, Durham Performing Arts Center. $20-$95; dpacnc.com). Eye-popping costumes and sets re-create the beloved holiday cartoon on stage, including the familiar songs and several created for this production.
Miracle on 34th Street (Dec. 6-22, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. $10-$15; nract.org). This stage version of the classic movie tells the story of a retiree who is hired as a Macys Santa but gets into trouble by referring parents to other stores to purchase their childrens toys.