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posted: 12/8/2012 6:48 AM

Raue Center for the Arts offers diverse array of holiday shows, concerts

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Get out of the cold and into Raue Center for the Arts. The theater has announced its holiday season that features a little something for everyone.

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Williams Street Repertory production of It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (continuing Dec.14 and 15) kicked off the joyful programming.

Join the theatre for annual holiday traditions Voices In Harmony's Sing- Along Messiah (Dec. 9). Let Sugar Plum Fairies entrance you as for a few hours during The Nutcracker Ballet (Dec. 22 and 23) or laugh your way into the 2013 with comedians Steve Cochran, Patty Vasquez and John DaCosse with the New Year's Eve Comedy Show (Dec. 31). Whatever your pleasure Raue Center has you covered. For a complete program line-up, details and tickets, visit rauecenter.org.

WS Rep presents It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, final weekend, 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15.

Get in the spirit with Williams Street Repertory this holiday season. Join the cast as they take you back to Christmas Eve 1949 and into the WSRP radio studio for It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Inspired by the classic holiday film this production is presented as a 1940's live radio broadcast. This production is your chance to fall in love with the story of Bedford Falls all over again in a way you've never seen it (or heard it) told before. Tickets start at $22.

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. A Raue Center holiday tradition. Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra provides quality orchestral music through festive combinations of contemporary and classic holiday music, This show is a great event for the entire family. Tickets start at $43.

Voices In Harmony: Sing-Along Messiah 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

The community and the Voices In Harmony choir join their voices in harmony with Handel's great masterwork. It is presented with a 25-piece orchestra, excellent soloists and projections of beautiful calligraphy by Timothy Botts. The McHenry County College Chorus will supplement the on-stage choir. Truly a community performance, this is one of our area's most meaningful holiday traditions. Soloists for this year's presentation are: Kirsten Leslie (soprano), A. J. Wester (mezzo-soprano), Chad Cygan (tenor) and Rick Ziebarth (bass-baritone). Tickets to this all-ages show start at $18 and seating is general admission.

The Nutcracker Ballet at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 and 3 p.m Sunday, Dec. 23.

Tchaikovsky's unforgettable music, emotional dancing and lavish costumes... Experience the magic of dancing sugar plums all weekend long! Join Clara on her daring adventure with the Nutcracker Prince through The Land of Snow and The Land of Sweets. March along with the toy soldiers, bravely battle the Mouse King and embrace the beauty of the dancing snow flakes. Raue Center is proud to partner with Berkshire Ballet Theatre once again. Tickets start at $22.

Steve Cochran's New Year's Eve Comedy Show 7 p.m. Dec. 31

Wouldn't it be great if there were a NYE show you could see and still make it home in time to fall asleep by 11 just like every year? Good news: there is! 560 AM WIND's Steve Cochran, Patti Vasquez and John DaCosse will be very funny (and done by 10pm). Yes, the best in stand up comedy on stage means you will have a great time saying goodbye to 2012 at Raue Center. Buy early -- tickets are currently $45, and bump up to $50 after 12/24/12.

Williams Street Repertory (WS Rep) is a 501(c)3 non-profit production company in-house at Raue Center For The Arts. WS Rep is a theatre company dedicated to sustaining an artistic process of innovative and emotionally charged work, telling diverse stories with an ever growing company of well-respected local, regional and national artists. For additional information, visit wsrep.org, facebook.com/wsrep and twitter.com/wsrep.

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