Holiday Treats

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OK, you’ve got a chance to spend some time with the eight-year-old in your life, and you need to choose some seasonal entertainment. Here’s a quick survey of what’s out there. (For details, see listings, pages 81 and 83.)

cinderella in muddy york

December 21-January 6, Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman), 416-531-1827.

What: The Cinderella story gets transplanted to 1800s Upper Canada and performed with rod marionettes.

Rep: The Puppetmongers (siblings Ann and David Powell) have enchanted generations of viewers.

Why adults should care: There’s a bit of history, sure, but fact is, the Powells are among the best puppeteers in the world.


Through January 6, Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge), 416-872-5555.What: Panto-style musical embraces and sends up the Snow White story.

Rep: Ross Petty (who usually gets to play the villains) has created a seasonal institution, and kids love being able to talk back to the actors.

Why adults should care: Petty always throws in some cute local references, and the cast — including Stratford’s Graham Abbey and Beauty And The Beast’s Melissa Thomson — is good.

the nutcracker

December 16-30, Hummingbird Centre (1 Front East), 416-345-9595.What: Little girl receives toy nutcracker for Christmas, has violent dream involving mice, sees the toy become a prince and then experiences prepubescent ethnic fantasies.

Rep: It’s the Christmas Carol of the ballet world. Untouchable, although a couple of films based on it bombed.

Why adults should care: The story’s thin, but Tchaikovsky’s music isn’t. And Kudelka’s new version is visually stunning.


December 25-January 1, Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), 416-870-8000.What: Characters from Disney’s jungle films (Tarzan, The Jungle Book and The Lion King) interconnect while wearing skates.

Rep: These things are hugely popular, and no wonder. They’re essentially guaranteed Disney product tie-ins. Who cares if it’s strange that all the animals are on a surface they’d never see in real life.

Why adults should care: Tarzan and Jane look pretty hot in the promo photos.

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