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2012 Las Vegas Holiday Theater Preview

October 15, 2012 6:00 AM

The holiday season brings a special kind of magic to Las Vegas. Eventually, every show ends up here and every performer wants to appear as a headliner at least once. There are some very special theater events during November and December that are a “must see” for any theater aficionado, whether it’s comedy, drama, musical theater, movies or dance. So embark upon your own excellent adventure as you take in the spectacle of theater in Las Vegas.

“The Addams Family”
The Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 749-2012

Dates: November 20-25

All your favorite “Addams Family” weird and wacky characters reunite in this new musical comedy. An award-winning group of composers/lyricists, choreographers, directors and designers bring this beloved television and movie institution to the stage with creative consultation by Jerry Zaks. This is a must-see experience for a very different way to ring in the Holiday season.

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“The Deana Martin Christmas Show”
The Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 749-2012

Dates: December 14-16

Deana Martin returns to Las Vegas to present “The Deana Martin Christmas Show.” This is going to be THE Christmas concert of the season as Deana Martin’s mellow tones evoke memories of the Rat Pack’s many concerts in this town. She honors her father’s legacy with a selection of the Christmas tunes and holiday memories with which Dean Martin first captured audiences, while also honoring other entertainers who, throughout the past four decades, have helped shape today’s music. This blend of old and new is sure to make new memories while bringing back visions of Christmases past.

“The Nutcracker”
The Nevada Ballet Theatre
The Smith Center
361 Symphony Park Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 749-2012

Dates: December 15-23

“The Nutcracker” has been synonymous with Christmas since the little ballerina first met the handsome Nutcracker prince. Now, with new choreography by artistic director James Canfield, the Nevada Ballet Theatre presents a fresh look at this perennial holiday classic. The ballet features new sets, costumes and surprises, and promises to be an exciting treat for all ages as everyone thrills to the adventures of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

ARIA Resort Theater
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Dates: Starting November 1

“Zarkana” is Cirque du Soleil’s latest venture into the realm of artistic possibilities. This amazing spectacular follows Zark in his struggles to regain his lost powers and regain the love of his life. As he travels down a rabbit hole, reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland,” he encounters a strange gathering of weird characters and incomparable acrobats in an old, abandoned theater. He is thwarted by The Mutants, a quartet of sinister sirens who are determined to divert him from his cause. Surrender to a spellbinding extravaganza featuring the flying trapeze, Wheel of Death and human pyramids as you thrill to the excellence of this troupe of performers.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Date: Opening December 14 at select movie theaters

This long-awaited prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” finally arrives at theaters, just in time for Christmas. In the original series, we were introduced to Bilbo Baggins, an elderly Hobbit who originally found the Ring that led his nephew, Frodo, on his great quest. In “The Hobbit,” we find young Bilbo and his dwarf companions journeying to the Lonely Mountains. They are on their own quest to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon, Smaug. Familiar characters such as Gandalf, Frodo and the Elves make an appearance in this movie, much to the delight of the theater audience and fans worldwide. “The Hobbit” will be presented in regular format, 3D and IMAX.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at

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