Time with Santa

By JULIE DRAKE

Valley Press Staff Writer

Santa Claus will take a break from his pre-Christmas schedule to greet visitors at the Palmdale Playhouse, at 38334 10th St. East.

“Delight in the magic of the holiday season,” Palmdale Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagliaro said. “Santa Claus will park his sleigh in the lobby and will be on hand to take holiday wishes and a picture to remember. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy complimentary refreshments.”

Santa will be at the Playhouse from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 15.

Admission is free. Photos with Santa are $5 and include a complimentary photo frame gift pack.

The popular Alley Cats vocal group will take the Playhouse stage at 7 p.m., Nov. 30 for a special Christmas concert. They will sing favorite carols and holiday hits in a capella doo-wop style. The Alley Cats have opened for Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers and have appeared on numerous TV shows. Tickets cost $18.

The popular Singalong with Santa returns at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1. Before the show, Santa’s elves will help children handcraft a special holiday keepsake and pen a letter to Santa. Then, the audience will join Santa and his crew in the theater for an interactive performance. Tickets cost $6 and include a souvenir songbook and keepsake jingle bells.

The Palmdale Junior Ballet and Theater Dance will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas and the “Dance Into Christmas” at 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 2, at the Playhouse.

Based on the timeless American poem by Clement Clarke Moore, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” brings to life the much-loved story of Santa Claus visiting an unsuspecting father. Set in the 1940s, the ballet follows a typical American family as they trim the tree, hang up stockings, leave cookies for Santa and one man’s journey through a memorable night.

Palmdale Theatre Dance will “Dance Into Christmas” with “Up On The Housetop,” “Jingle Bell Swing” and “Happy Santa Dance.” Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, military and children 12 and younger.

The Palmdale Community Foundation will host a special Backtrack & Bites Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Playhouse, to raise funds in support of a new Playhouse dressing room building.

Tickets for the fundraiser cost $45 and include a festive holiday musical performance by a cappella sensation Backtrack, hors d’oeuvres and wine tastings. All proceeds will go into the Palmdale Community Foundation for the dressing room project.

“Celebrate the holidays while also giving back to your community,” said Palmdale’s Director of Recreation and Culture Keri Smith. “For 23 years, we’ve had hundreds of performances and seen thousands of faces grace our stage. Help us keep it going. We’ve put together a night of incredible music paired with tasty bites and wine sampling that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit.”

Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person vocal group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. Their repertoire includes covers of past and present pop music, original compositions and unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.

Backtrack has performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, BB&T Pavilion and Beacon Theater, as well as making numerous television appearances including PopTV, Scary Mommy’s “Lullaby League” hosted by Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir, Steve Harvey’s daytime show, “STEVE!” and Broadway’s “Kinky Boots.” They have also had over 10 million video views on YouTube.

The 2018 Holiday Extravaganza concludes on a musical note, beginning with the West Coast Classical Adagio String Orchestra, Prelude Strings Orchestra and Jazz Improvisation presentation of a Holiday Celebration at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13. This joyous family-friendly program will be filled with holiday music favorites with a jazzy Christmas sound. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children 12 and younger.

Next on tap, the West Coast Classical Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Encore Strings Orchestra and Chamber orchestra present “Making Spirits Bright” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14. This concert of familiar holiday tunes will delight you with “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer.” Also, a unique offering for the season, “First Suite in Eb,” by British composer Gustav Holst, is a lyrical melody reminiscent of British folk music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under.

Wrapping things up is “Sounds of the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15. West Coast Classical Concert and Symphonic Orchestras will present a concert full of holiday spirit and favorite holiday classics. Featured pieces include Brahams’ “Symphony No. 2,” Beethoven’s pastoral “Symphony No. 6,” “Nabucco” by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi and Tchaikovsky’s “Canzonetta” featuring Perseus Tong as violin soloist. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and younger.

Tickets for all Palmdale Playhouse events may be purchased online at www.PalmdalePlayhouse.com or at the box office, two hours before each show, at 38334 10th St. East. For details, call 661-267-5684.

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