WALNUT CREEK

'North Pole Revue' youth theater show through Dec. 16

Center Stage of Diablo Valley will present nine performances of the "North Pole Revue," an original holiday musical appropriate for all ages, through Dec. 16 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, in Walnut Creek.

Actors for "North Pole Revue," written and directed by Doña Foreman, come from across Contra Contra Costa County. The show also includes dancing reindeer and trees, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Performances are at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15; and at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 15, 16. Tickets are $15.

For information or tickets, contact the Lesher Center at 925-943-7469 or www.lesherARTScenter.org.

'The 13 Days of Christmas' at Northgate High

The Peter Pan Foundation, based in Lafayette, is presenting this year's winter show, "The 13 Days of Christmas," on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Northgate High School's Jack Derieux Theatre, 425 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek.

This holiday musical, directed by Peter Pan's Leslie Noel and written by Campolindo High senior, Jayne Skinner and Acalanes High junior Andrew Cope, is a family-friendly offering.


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The Peter Pan Foundation is a nonprofit organization made up of performers students ages 5 to 50 dedicated to helping kids in need. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $12 for youth 18 and under, and $5 for children 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at www.peterpanfoundation.org.

'Broadway Revealed' reveals itself at the Bedford

"Broadway Revealed: Behind the Theater Curtain" is scheduled to run through Feb. 17 at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

It reflects the breadth, ambition, and showmanship of New York's iconic theater district to the gallery with a behind-the-scenes look at world-class theater production via artist Stephen Joseph's photographs of some of Broadway's most critically acclaimed productions.

The performance images are bolstered by photos of theatrical props, costumes, and other artifacts. Thet exhibit demonstrates the complex dialogue between the arts, scientific exploration and organic, found materials is being expressed in a contemporary context.

The gallery, in the Lesher Center for the Arts, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on dates of evening performances at the Lesher.

Lafayette

Town Hall's 'Wonderful Life' closes Sunday

The stage production of "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers from the holiday classic film by Frank Capra, runs at the Town Hall Theatre through Dec. 16.

Lisa Anne Porter ("Proof," "Picasso at the Lapin Agile") returns to direct the stage adaptation of this beloved Christmastime classic that tells the story of George Bailey who, his life and finances in ruin, decides the world will be better off without him -- until he is paid an unexpected visit.

Tickets range from $12 to $29. For showtimes and other information, call 925-283-1557 or go to http://www.townhalltheatre.com/

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers coming to the Town Hall

Lafayette-born native and alt-folk performer Nicki Bluhm, along with her band The Gramblers, are beginning a winter tour starting with back-to-back shows at Lafayette's Town Hall Theater Dec. 20 and 23.

The band has won hundreds of thousands of fans with its viral sensation "Van Sessions," selling out venues in cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia during their first time through.

The Dec. 20 show begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7); the Dec. 23 show starts at 5 p.m. (door open at 4 p.m.) Tickets are $22.50 for both nights' performances; go to www.townhalltheatre.com or call 925-283-1557.

ORINDA

Next installment in 'Showcase' series

"Shun Li and the Poet," directed by Andrea Segre, is the next film in the International Film Showcase series at the Orinda Theatre, set to run Jan. 11-17.

This 2011 film is a study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

There will be several showings each day. For more information, go to www.lfef.org or www.orindatheatre.com

Moraga

'Princess and the Pea' for the kids in January

The Saint Mary's College Performing Arts Department will present a stage adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story "The Princess and the Pea" Jan. 30-31 at the college's LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga.

This is the department's annual fairy tale performance, which are popular and often sell out before Jan. 1. The short story is made into an almost-full-hour of children-focused entertainment, all aspects carried out by Saint Mary's College students enrolled in the "Jan Term" Children's Theatre course under Michael Cook. Staying faithful to the Andersen text, the students will add their own imagination, theatricality, acting, sets and costumes.

Performances are: Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. All tickets are $8; call 925-631-4670 or go to brownpapertickets.com for more info.