Arts Scene: ''Wonderful Life,' 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Arts Reporter
Father Christmas (Brad Miller) presents a sword to Peter (Justin Oller) in TBA's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
Courtesy TBA Theatre
Crooning cast members of Cyrano's "It's a Wonderful Life."
Dorothy Armstonga as Tiny Tim and Nico Bringold as Ebenzer scrooge in Alaska Theatre of Youth's "A Christmas Carol."
Photo by Nancy Konop

Seasonal sing-along

Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St., will host its annual Community Carol Sing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. You know the tunes and the words, but "cheat sheets" will be available just to make sure they're the right words. Guest performers will include the Arctic Wind Flute Choir and the Anchorage Lutheran Hand Bell Choir. After the sing, enjoy free Christmas cookies. In fact the whole thing is free, though donations will be accepted. 

Tune in a tradition

A live on-stage radio version of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life" is becoming a holiday tradition at Cyrano's, 413 D St. In a review of last year's production, featuring mainly the same cast playing multiple characters, the Daily News critic said, "Those who love the film will no doubt adore this live version." Back by popular demand, the production takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Tickets are available at

Turkish delight and more

Families with kids have several delicious choices for holiday-themed entertainment this weekend. Alaska Theatre of Youth presents the hilarious "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and "A Christmas Carol" at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Sydney Laurence Theatre. Tickets are available at Meanwhile, at Alaska Pacific University's Grant Hall Theater, TBA Theatre is staging C.S. Lewis's magical fable "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 22. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, available at or by calling 677-7529.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham