This is the time of year when you can check out the annual theater holiday offerings around town.
"A Christmas Carol"
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" gets a new musical adaptation by Springer Opera House's producing artistic director Paul Pierce and retired Columbus State University music professor Paul Vander Gheynst. It can be seen at 7:30 tonight-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; also, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Springer, 103 10th St. Tickets are $40; $34 for seniors and public service personnel; $17 for children and students. Pre-show dinners are available at 6 p.m. Saturday; also, 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21; must be reserved 48 hours in advance for $18. Call 706-327-3688.
"A Tuna Christmas"
For the 12th year, Paul Pierce and Springer Theater Academy director and associate artistic director Ron Anderson star in the holiday cult classic about the Christmas goings-on in the third smallest town in Texas in "A Tuna Christmas." It can be seen at 7:30 tonight-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; also, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 23-24; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 in the McClure Theatre, Springer Opera House, 1022 First Ave. Tickets are $37; $32 for seniors and public service personnel; $17 for children and students. Call 706-327-3688.
Friday Jazz at the Loft
Friday Jazz at the Loft is 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcome at 1032 Broadway. Friday's featured band is the Ian Cooper Quartet (Ian Cooper, saxophone; David Baker, bass; Sam Creswell, guitar; Trey Byars, drums) It's free. Call 706-596-8141.
The final performances of Langston Hughes "Black Nativity" can be seen at the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave. this weekend. It's a gospel musical that celebrates Christ's birth and can be seen at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Liberty Theatre, 821 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Call 706-653-7566.
"Message of the Season -- Music of the Masters"
Cantus Columbus, the only professional chorus in town, presents its annual "Message of the Season -- Music of the Masters" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $29-$33. This concert normally sells out, so we recommend buying tickets in advance. Call 706-256-3612.