December 15, 2000

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros

"La Pastorela de Esperanza"

Teatro Mascara Magica celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, but the Mexican-inspired Christmas musical is fresher and zestier than ever. "La Pastorela de Esperanza" is their newest twist on the traditional story of the shepherds' journey to Bethlehem to witness the first Christmas. Called to action by Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the shepherds face temptation and danger from evil Lucifer and his nasty minions. The bilingual script is primarily in English with more than a dozen beautiful Christmas carols sung in Spanish. Running from December 8-23 at the Lyceum Space Theatre in Horton Plaza. Tickets are $14 adults, $8 for students and groups of 10 or more, and $5 for children under 12. For reservations call (619) 544-1000.


Christmas Concert

A Christmas Concert with The Grossmont Master Chorale, led by musical director Randall Tweed, is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Among the musical literature to be performed are John William's suite from the motion picture, "Home Alone." They will also perform traditional songs of the season such as "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and "Stille Nacht," and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." General admission is $10. Church is located at 13208 Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside. For further information call 644-7254.


Garden of Lights

Come join in the holiday magic at Quail Botanical Gardens' fourth annual Garden of Lights on December 15-23 and 26-30 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. After the sun goes down, the Gardens will be transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the plants and trees for a very different visitor experience. The activities planned include horse drawn wagon rides that wind through garden paths sparkling with holiday lights while holiday music fills the air. Children's activities include roasting marshmallows, storytelling, and crafts for all ages. Food and beverages will be available and the gift shop will be open for that last minute holiday shopping. The Gardens is located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Admission prices for the event ate $5 for adults and $2 for children (5-12). Call (760) 436-3036 for more information.


Annie Get Your Gun

This legendary musical made new again hit the bull's eye with the 1999 Tony Award for best musical revival, Annie Get Your Gun is the rip-roaring story of expert riflewoman Annie Oakley, (played by Marily Henner), who went from backwoods girl to shooting star, and fell in love with ace marksman Frank Butler, (Tom Wopat), along the way. The show features one of the most magnificent scores ever written for the stage, including the songs "There's No Business Like Show Business," "They Say It's Wonderful," and "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better." Come join us December 12-17 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at Third Avenue and B Street in downtown, San Diego. Ticket prices range from $24 - $54.50 and may be purchased by calling 570-1100.


"Holiday Evening to Remember"

A Holiday Evening to Remember will be presented by the San Diego Choraleers and Serra-Naders adult choruses, as well as the Inflections vocal jazz group, Women of Note, and Radar and the Blips, under the auspices of the San Diego Community College District, on Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School Auditorium, 6702 Wandermere Drive, San Car-los. There will be a special ending after the performance. Donation is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Admission includes refreshments at the close of the program. For further information and ticket reservations, call 427-2448.


Messiah Sing

Choral Director David Chase leads the La Jolla Symphony Chorus and members of the community in a jubilant rendition of Handel's holiday classic "The Messiah" on December 16, 2000. Generations old and young attend to take part in one of the largest community song-a-longs held in San Diego County. The joy, the passion, the power with which performers sing this great oratorio, from the bottom of their hearts, cannot be duplicated anywhere else. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is a community-based ensemble featuring a 110-piece orchestra and 130-voice chorus. Messiah Sing takes place at St. Elizabeth Seaton Church at Alga Road & El Fuerte in Carlsbad at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 16. Individual ticket prices are $12 for general, $8 for senior and students. Parking is free. For more information, or to purchase your tickets call (858) 534-4637.


"That's The Good News"

This contemporary musical drama features a chorus of 50 and live 37-piece orchestra is designed to be a joyous, thoughtful celebration of the Christmas story. That's The Good News! is the title of this year's Christmas with Friends production at the San Diego First Assembly located at 8404 Phyllis Place, San Diego. The five performances are on December 15, 16 and 17. Tickets range from $5 to $8 and may be ordered by calling (858) 560-1892 x123.


A Family Christmas Celebration

Raymond Saar and Diane Ketchie will present A Family Christmas Celebration, a brand-new show guaranteed to put audiences into a festive mood, at the East County Performing Arts Center on December 16 and 17. This show will feature some of the most glorious music ever written. Imagine yourself filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas - the laughter and song of carolers permeating your senses with the joy of the season. Suddenly from the back of the room comes the angry sound of BAH, HAMBUG! standing to confront this gaiety and pleasure is the miserly and cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge. Before your eyes the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future will transform Ebenezer's crusty old heart into one of warmth and goodwill. The Center is located at 210 East Main Street, in El Cajon. Ticket prices $25.00/$21.00/$16.00. Call 440-2277 to purchase your tickets.


Traditions of Christmas

Christian Community Theater will present San Diego's favorite holiday production Traditions of Christmas — A Musical Spectacular December 15 through 23 at beautiful Copley Symphony Hall, 750 "B" Street in downtown San Diego. Ten performances are scheduled for: Dec. 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee will be on December 16, 17 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $30 for adults and children under 12 are admitted for only $12.

Traditions of Christmas features an all-volunteer cast of more than 150 adults and children, live orchestra and animals, special lighting and technical effects. The 2-hour musical variety show features appearances by Santa Claus and his workshop elves, principal characters from the Nativity and A Christmas Carol, Elvis, NSYNC-style and Big Band-style singers and Zuzy's Zoo characters.


"Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells!

The World Famous San Diego Zoo is celebrating with "Jungle Bells" an annual festival featuring a flurry of family offerings ranging from special holiday shows to free admission for children who participate in a toy drive for needy families. Jungle Bells debuts Dec. 16 and runs through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Children age 11 and younger who bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit needy families will get into the zoo for FREE.

The Children's Zoo will be jolly with entertaining Dr. Zoolittle shows, crafts and up close encounters with animals. The wacky scientist makes merry mischief for the guests and critters while delivering a special seasonal message. Daily performances are at the Clark Theatre at 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. At the Outdoor Log Theater, Mrs. Claus and character Ruby Hippo will help children make creative holiday crafts on the weekends between 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. With lots of other entertainment in store for you and your families, Jungle Bells is included with admission to the San Diego Zoo. General is $18 for 12 and older, $8 for ages 3-11. For more information, guests may call 234-3153.


The Nutcracker

Company dancers have returned home for a two-week tour of The Nutcracker to stage eleven local performances, in addition to invitational student performances. Running at Poway Center for the Performing Arts (15498 Espola Road, Poway) Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 1:00 and 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $39, $34, $29 and $24. The production moves to Civic Theatre (202 "C" St., San Diego) to run Dec. 22, at 8p.m.; Dec. 23 at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 24 at 1:00 and 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 27 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $49, $39, $33 and $30. A children's price of $15 is available for youngsters ages 3-12 in all sections at both theaters. To purchase your tickets call (858) 560-6741.

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