Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in November and December
Our picks for things to see and do in November and December
Nov. 29-Dec. 29
Ghost of Christmas Past
With countless adaptations in literature, theater, film and television, A Christmas Carol is one of the most well-known and loved Christmas stories. But Olney Theatre Center’s one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol presents the tale in a remarkably unique way. The multitalented Paul Morella not only adapted the play from the original Dickens novella, but he also directs and stars in it, playing 49 characters. This year marks the production’s 10th anniversary, but Morella—who will perform the two-hour show nearly 30 times during this run—keeps the spooky holiday ghost story fresh season after season. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
$40, Olney Theatre Center, olneytheatre.org
A Dance With Romance
It’s a full-scale production of a classic ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky—and it’s not The Nutcracker. Dance lovers looking for something slightly different this season can see the National Ballet Theater of Odessa’s performance of Swan Lake. The Ukrainian dance company features 55 dancers in its tour of the United States. The ballet is based on a legend about a princess who was transformed by an evil spell into a swan, and the prince who tries to save her.
7:30 p.m., $35-$75, The Music Center at Strathmore, strathmore.org
Jazz for the Juice Box Set
Two months after her son was born, Lucy Kalantari started writing one song a week. The composer and music producer had published songs in genres ranging from acoustic to industrial rock. But at home with her newborn, she found herself writing upbeat, jazzy ukulele ditties. Those tunes ended up on her first kids album, and she went on to form the band Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats, which plays jazz age-inspired children’s music. The 2019 Grammy winner for best children’s album comes to AMP by Strathmore for its periodic kids concert series, Kids Pajama Jam Party—jammies welcome, but not required.
5:30 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door, ages 2 and under free, AMP by Strathmore, ampbystrathmore.com
Make a train-themed visit to Santa at the Gaithersburg Community Museum during All Aboard with Santa. Inside the historic railroad station, which was built in 1844, kids can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, make crafts and participate in an elf hunt. Visitors can also meet with the jolly old elf himself and take pictures with him aboard the museum’s C&O Railroad caboose car.
4-7 p.m., $10 children, $6 adults, advance registration required, Gaithersburg Community Museum, gaithersburgmd.gov