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Coming soon: Nutcracker options, a music summit and other holiday hits

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 7, 2018
  • Published December 6, 2018

The cast of Diary of a Worm performs.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly — Discover what life is like through the eyes of flies, worms and other bugs in this performance. This child-friendly musical is based off of a book by the same name that captures the life experience of these bugs with wit and whimsy. The production is directed by Teresa K. Pond who has previously directed productions for Perseverance Theatre in Juneau and Anchorage. $15-$20. 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Cyrano’s Theatre Building 3800 Debarr Road. (

Alaska Music Summit — This 2nd annual event is a place for musicians as well as friends and fans of Alaska music to meet, network and talk shop. The summit also features all-ages concerts that are opening to the public in the evening. The Tanana Rafters kick off the music on Friday at 8 p.m. with more Alaska acts to follow. On Saturday, the Spenard Song Circle at 7 p.m. features Alaska musicians Emma Hill, Annie B Good, Marian Call and Laura Zahasky. $10. 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, Church of Love, 3502 Spenard Road. (

Nutcracker Redux — Enjoy an unconventional twist on the traditional Christmas holiday dance performance. This performance has been developed with an all-Alaska cast. There will be lots of color, new choreography and contemporary twists to the old favorite of “The Nutcracker.” The performance was choreographed by Alice Bassler Sullivan, Cady Lynn O’Brien, Molly Lunsford, Mikal Preston and Stephanie Wonchala. $22-$28. 7 p.m. Friday, The Wendy Williamson Auditorium 2422 E. Tudor Road. (

Anchorage Ballet’s Nutcracker — If you want a more traditional Nutcracker experience, you can see the Anchorage Ballet’s rendition of the classic dance. The local talent of Anchorage Ballet is joined by international ballet dancers for several acts. Watch the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in the pas de deux or enjoy the Waltz of Flowers. $33.50-$43.75. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

The Merry Wives of Windsor — This tale from Shakespeare follows a idiotic swindler as he tries to scam money from several of the leading women of Windsor. Watch him be outwitted in every new scam in this winter comedy. The play is set in Victorian England and has content that is accessible for anyone in the family. $8-$14. 7 p.m Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday APU Grant Hall 4101 University Drive. (

Green Christmas — Help make an Alpine Ski Area happen at Hatcher Pass with this silent auction fundraiser. The ski area, Skeetawk, would be a life-access Alpine ski/board area. This event will include a dinner (tickets must be purchased in advance), a presentation on the ski area and live music and dancing. Diana Zitmanis will open the night with acoustic performances and will be followed by cover song band Cold Fusion and rock and roll band Element 47. $100. 5-10 P.M. Sunday, (

Holiday Lights — This first annual event will include stargazing on Thursday, hot chocolate and a bonfire on Fridays and family-friendly crafts on Saturdays. On stargazing days, NASA Solar System Ambassador, Tim Taber, will lead guests through night sky activities. On Fridays, the bonfire will include live music in the greenhouse with new artists each weekend until the event ends on Dec. 29. On Saturdays, families can expect different arrays of crafts including this Saturday’s bird feeder craft. $5-$7. 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday Alaska Botanical Garden 601 Campbell Airstrip Road. (

The cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever performs.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — This holiday comedy follows the life of a couple that struggles to put together a Christmas pageant after the worst kids in the area are their best options to cast in the show. The show is based on a book of the same title and is acceptable for all ages. $13-$17. 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday, Anchorage Community Theatre 1133 E. 70th Ave. (

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