Theatre Listings: December 2018

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Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in December. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.


November 8 – December 23
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St
Nashville, TN 37210

In a kingdom beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter Ariel yearns to have her questions answered about the human world. When she saves the handsome Prince Eric from drowning, Ariel begins to discover her own voice with the help of her friends – even after the tricky sea witch silences her. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales, this classic will be given its own dose of NCT magic. Performed with a live orchestra!

Showtimes: Wed 1:00 p.m. Thurs/Fri 7:00 p.m. Sat. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sun. 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and are available at

November 23- December 9
The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company

260 W. Main St. #204
Nashville, TN 37075

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. Easily staged, the play may be presented without intermission or in two short acts if desired.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

A Christmas StoryNovember 24- December 22
A Christmas Story
Nashville Repertory Theatre

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243

Ralphie’s back – for the tenth and final year! In celebration of this Nashville holiday tradition, Nashville Rep gives fans what they want – a hilarious, interactive winter treat. With a coveted BB gun, a ballet tribute to an iconic Leg Lamp, and a visit with Santa gone awry, the show more than delivers on its promise of laughs and heart-warming charm. Have your Little Orphan Annie decoder pins at the ready!

Showtimes: Wed/Thurs 6:30 p.m. Fri. 7:30 Sat. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2:30. Tickets start at $25 and are available at

November 30-December 16
Miracle on 24th St 
Center for the Arts

110 W. College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available at

December 1
A Drag Queen Christmas

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243

A Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour. It’s a hilarious evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from the reality television show on VH1. All ages welcome. Doors at 7:00 p.m, show at 8:00 p.m. There will be a 20-minute intermission. Presented by Murray & Peter. Get tour info at

Showtimes: Sat. at 8:00 p.m. Tickets starts at $25 and are available at

Nashville's Nutcracker

Nashville’s Nutcracker

December 1-23  
Nashville’s Nutcracker
Nashville Ballet

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243

Nashville’s Nutcracker heralds the return of the holiday season in Music City as young Clara takes audiences on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. Weaving the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale with the city’s glittering past, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart.

Showtimes: Fri/Sat 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sun. 2:00 p.m. (certain performances) 1:00 p.m. (certain performances) and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available at

December 6-22
It’s a Wonderful Life
Artist Community Theatre

12545 Old Hickory Blvd
Antioch, TN 37013

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $7.50 and are available at

December 7-16
A Nice Family Christmas
Encore Theatre Company

6978 Lebanon Rd
Mt Juliet, TN 37211

It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family member’s secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that he’s writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?

Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are available at

December 7-30
Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
Studio Tenn

230 Franklin Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

You’ve seen it as an animated classic, you’ve loved it as a live-action film, and this season you’ll be wholly enchanted by Studio Tenn’s trademark eye-popping spin on Disney’s “tale as old as time.” Bring the whole family to Franklin for the holiday’s most magical outing, and delight in the adventures of Belle and the Beast as they discover the true meaning of beauty.

Showtimes: Wed. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thurs/Fri 7:00 p.m. Sat/Sun 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at

December 13-23
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas

505 Deaderick St
Nashville, TN 37243

This singing, swashbuckling adventure is performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy, and Peter Pan at TPAC as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers, and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone. The talented cast is set to include John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) as Captain Hook. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun musical theater the whole family can enjoy.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri at 7:30 p.m. and Sat/Sun at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.Tickets start at $35 and are available at

December 13
Paul Vasterling Gala
Nashville Ballet

War Memorial Auditorium

Honor Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary past, exceptional present and groundbreaking future. Join us for the ultimate evening of celebration commemorating Paul Vasterling’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director. Curating a collection of classical and contemporary works never before seen at Nashville Ballet with a few familiar favorites, Vasterling sets the tone for the company’s next 20 years of athleticism, artistry, imagination and innovation—all culminating in a truly grand finale featuring a procession of Nashville Ballet artists from School of Nashville Ballet students to the professional company.

Showtimes: Tues. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available at

December 19
The Longest Night
Oz Arts Nashville

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir.
Nashville, TN 37209

The Longest Night is an original multidisciplinary, multicultural celebration of the Winter Solstice incorporating spoken word, choral ensemble, congregational vocals and modern dance with the concept of renewal. Jason Shelton, artistic director of Portara Ensemble, brings together a variety of Nashville-area artists, musicians, dancers and dramatists.

Showtimes: Wed 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $12.50 and are available at