34 | CITISCAPES | DECEMBER 2018 December is full of merriment and cheer! Whether it’s a musical performance, a theatrical play or a Santa visit, there is much to see and do this time of year. Here are a few highlights that we think you’ll enjoy – there’s something for everyone! Plus, there are still many other performances and activities happening this December in Northwest Arkansas. Check out the full calendar beginning on page 43 to find additional holiday happenings and more. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley—Thru Dec. 30 As family gathers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy to celebrate Christmas, Mary Bennet — the bookish middle sister — finally has her day. Set two years after the events of Pride and Prejudice, this winning sequel with period style and modern wit is sure to delight Jane Austen fans and newcomers alike. Show time for Tuesday thru Saturday shows is at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinee, with an additional 7 p.m. showing on Sunday evenings. Appropriate for all ages; recommended for 10 and up. Admission $17-$54 adults, $10 for anyone under the age of 30. TheatreSquared, Nadine Baum Studios, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.theatre2.org The Nutcracker—Dec. 1 & 2 Join the NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet for an enchanted evening with Clara as she receives her most-treasured Christmas gift, a nutcracker doll. Follow along as he comes to life in her dream, to save her from the grip of the evil Rat Queen and her mice minions with the help of his infantry of toy soldiers. Then, join them on their journey through the wintry Snow Forest and into the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy in her magical Land of Sweets. This year features guest artists from NWA Ballet Theatre, Ballet Idaho, and special principal guest artists from New York’s American Ballet Theatre. Dec. 1 performance begins at 7 p.m.; Dec. 2 performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance. Arend Arts Center, Bentonville High School. (479) 553-7400. www.nwaballet.com The Best Christmas Pageant Ever—Dec. 14-16 & 20-23 In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Audiences won’t believe the mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book and has become a holiday staple. Curtain time for Thursday thru Saturday performances is 8 p.m., with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Doors and concessions open one hour before each show. Admission: $29 cabaret seats, $48 for two seats at cabaret table, $24 adult balcony seating. Arkansas Public Theatre at the Victory. Rogers. (479) 631-8988. www.arkansaspublictheatre.org A Very SoNA Christmas— Dec. 15 A Northwest Arkansas tradition! Maestro Paul Haas and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas musicians perform a mix of holiday favorites celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA singers, area high school choirs, and special guest soloist Genine LaTrice Perez. Choose from a 2 p.m. matinee or the 7:30 p.m. evening performance. Admission: $32, $44, $55. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.sonamusic.org SoNA & Walton Arts Center present The Snowman: A Family Concert—Dec. 16 Your favorite holiday treat returns to Walton Arts Center for a fifth consecutive year! Enjoy a very special screening of the award-winning film The Snowman as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones. Showtime is 2 p.m. Admission: $9. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600. www.sonamusic.org ■ ARTS & CULTURE | STAFF REPORTS December Highlights