On stage this weekend
READING >> Reading Civic Theatre brings “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” to the Miller Center for the Arts for two performances only. The show is a cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and current Broadway musicals. “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits “ plays on Friday Dec. 12 and Saturday Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m .at the Miller Center for the Performing Arts at Reading Area Community College. 4 N. 2nd St., Reading, 19601. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors 65 and older. For Tickets call 610-607-6270, go to the website www.readingcivic.org/tickets or stop at the theatre’s box office.
READING >> Genesius Theatre’s production of “The King And I” continues Dec. 12 and 13, at 8 p.m., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., and Dec. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets with all major credit cards visit the website at www.genesiusdifference.org or call 610-373-9500. Tickets range from $17.50 to $28.50, and credit card fees apply. Tickets may also be available at the door. For more information, contact the theater at 610-371-8151. Genesius Theatre is handicap accessible and there is free parking next to the theater (limited spaces available). This production is rated G.
WEST READING >> The West Reading L.O.V.E. Team, and Fecho Theatrical, Genesius Theatre and Moonlight Winery present a Pennsylvania Dutch “A Christmas Carol” aboard the old fashioned Rhoads Christmas Trolley, through Dec. 21. Take a ride back in time as this delightful interactive family entertainment. The audience boards the trolley at the Winery on Route 724 and is transported back in time to the streets of Olde West Reading. The original Trolley runs are set for Dec. 13, 19, 21, (2 performances each evening 6 p.m. and & 7:30 p.m. – except Dec. 13 - 6:30 and 8 p.m.). Those have sold out, so three more nights have been added Dec. 12, 18 and 22. It boards at the Moonlight Winery, located on the grounds of Ridgewood Farmstead. To purchase tickets with all major credit cards, visit GenesiusDifference.org or call 610-373-9500. - $35 Adults and $28.50 Children under 18. Children ages 4 and younger can ride for free if they sit on a parent’s lap. Credit Card fees apply. For Group Sales or Private Performance options please call Larry Fecho at Fecho Theatrical at 610-780-7627. General Admission Seating. This show is G-Rated.
Reading >> Albright College’s Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Brickhouse Theater Co., of Wernersville, will present a stage version of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” through Dec. 14, in Albright’s Wachovia Theatre.
Adapted from the screenplay by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is set inside a 1940’s radio station as a small ensemble of actors work together to offer a live broadcast of this heartfelt story of sacrifice and redemption.
It’s Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, and George Bailey, the nicest guy in town, is perched atop a bridge on the brink of suicide – that is, until a guardian angel named Clarence (who hasn’t yet earned his wings), intervenes to remind George just how many lives he has touched, and how terrible life in his community would be if he had never been born. Remaining performances will be held on Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.; and on Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. For prices and tickets, call the box office at 610-921-7547 or visit www.albright.edu/centerforthearts. The Center for the Arts is located on Albright’s campus at 13th and Bern streets, Reading.
PHOENIXVILLE >> Firebird Theatre’s Holiday Revue Saturday Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. will feature holiday music presented by Firebird participants and special guest performers. The highlight of the afternoon will be a short holiday play titled “A Fairytale Christmas Carol.” In this play, everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment. This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic. The play is the culmination of a 12-week drama workshop for Firebird students. There will be music, laughs, and even a visit from the jolly old elf himself, St. Nick! For more information on Firebird Theatre, please visit www.firebirdtheatre.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.