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Enjoy theater again with full virtual productions online

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The pandemic has dropped the curtain on live theater, especially for indoor shows, but the theater community has not come to a full stop. Check out what's treading the "boards" this weekend, if virtually.

Royal Oak's Stagecrafters Youth Theatre will present "A (Virtual) Christmas Carol," telling the Dickens tale starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, via cast videos and phone calls. The show will be available via Facebook and YouTube, with donations suggested. Visit stagecrafters.org for links and other information.

"A West End Christmas 2020 A Magical Christmas" features a cast of 80 and a 17-piece orchestra from St. Paul's Church in London's Covent Garden, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 11-13, via broadwayondemand.com. Tickets are $14.95 with proceeds benefiting a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for theater community actors and crew.

British comedian John Cooper Clark hosts "I Wanna Be Yours At Christmas: An Evening of Festival Poetry and Laughs" at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, via johncooperclarke.myshopify.com. The event will raise money for a local food bank and art center.

Interlochen Arts Academy streams a full-production version of "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, via live.interlochen.org.

Robert O'Hara's "Barbecue," a charged play about race relations, is streaming through 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, via todaytix.com. Tickets are $5.

Broadway Inspirational Voices joined by Patti LuPone, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter and others presents "A Season of Hope & Inspiration," a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, via broadwayondemand.com.

Cast members from the hit Broadway adaptation of Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" create "Jagged Live in NYC: A Broadway Reunion Concert" at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets via stellartickets.com, with proceeds going to support the #SaveOurStages movement and independent venues around the country. The show will be available on demand through Tuesday, Dec. 15.

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