Season’s greetings virtual theatre-goers! The holidays are a perfect time to catch a festive online show from Buffalo – from classic tales of Dickens to original stories of the season, there’s plenty of holiday cheer on the digital playbill in Buffalo. So order some takeout, dress up in your favorite ugly holiday sweater and get ready for the seasonal entertainment you’ve come to expect from Buffalo theatre. Here are 10 ways you can take in a show in December:
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has been given new life thanks to the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden, and the Tony-winning virtuoso, Jefferson Mays, starring in 50 roles of a lifetime.
Until January 3 / Digital passes for the online event at Sheas.org
Home for the Holidays by Irish Classical Theatre Company
This Holiday Season, ICTC Audience favorites delight us with poetry, spoken word, song, and a hearty dose of good cheer, from the warmth of their homes to yours. With the talents of Vincent O’Neill, Josephine Hogan, and emceed by Brian Mysliwy, Home for the Holidays will stream for free on the Irish Classical YouTube channel.
Streaming now / More info at IrishClassical.com
Holiday Shorts by Jewish Repertory Theatre
In a new series of hilarious Woody-Allen-esque short plays, Atlanta playwright Hank Kimmel delights with a new set of offbeat, comic 10-minute plays featuring themes of the holiday season.
Until December 30 / Digital passes for the online event at JewishRepertoryTheatre.com
That Holiday Feeling by MusicalFare Theatre
Your favorite MusicalFare performers present a spectacular Holiday Cabaret and share some of their favorite songs and holiday memories! Join John Fredo, Debbie Pappas, Norm Sham, Michele Marie Roberts, Marc Sacco, Dominique Kempf, Victoria Perez, Steve Copps, Kelly Copps, Amy Jakiel, Philip Farugia, Alexandria Watts, Laura Barriere, The Holly Berries and Theresa Quinn & Randy Kramer for an evening that will certainly give you That Holiday Feeling!
Until January 4 / Digital passes for the online event at MusicalFare.com
A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play by Alleyway Theatre
Join Alleyway for their 38th season of this holiday classic, adapted and directed by Founder Neal Radice. This year, you can listen from anywhere to this delightful and intimate adaptation for radio, featuring the entire cast from last season, bringing all of the joy of the Alleyway production right into your home. It’s Buffalo’s favorite holiday tradition.
Streaming until December 31 / Digital passes for the online event at Alleyway.com
Candy Cane Christmas Cabaret by O’Connell & Company
We’re bringing Santa Magic right in your own home with letters to Santa, holiday songs, stories, your favorite WNY performers and fun! True, this holiday season looks quite different from ever before and O’Connell & Company wants to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with you from a safe social distance. Santa Claus, his talented elves and very special friends bring you a mash-up of upbeat stories, songs and holiday fun to help get us over this holiday hump.
Until December 26 / Digital passes for the online event at OConnellandCompany.com
Allendale Lightbulb Ornament Purchase by Theatre of Youth
Bring the magic of the Allendale home this holiday season with a Allendale lightbulb ornament. These unique bulbs once lit up the Allendale Theatre, where thousands of children saw performances that sparked their imagination and gave them a safe space to explore their wonders and worries.
Purchase for the holidays at Theatre of Youth
Non holiday shows:
Broadway Brunch by Lancaster Opera House
Each week, Lancaster Opera House firector David Bondrow will host Lancaster Opera House performers and other guests at “brunch” for a mix of theater discussion, themed retrospectives, and monthly productions of radio dramas and original musicals.
Sundays at 12pm / Stream current and past episodes at LancasterOpera.org
Virtual Season by Ujima Company
Ujima Company has created a bold and exciting new virtual season with the intention to sustain, entertain, and keep you sane. Through this new virtual programming, Ujima continues to use theatre to build the beloved community, shape and reflect our lives, participate in civic conversations, and serve as a vehicle for social change.
Various dates / Digital passes for the online events at UjimaCoInc.org
Silence by Torn Space Theater
Torn Space explores themes of meditation, nature, and connection with Silence, a new personal performance experience. Silence functions as a companion piece to the sold out live performance at Silo City by the same name. Whether listeners experienced the live performance or not, this auditory Silence offers a new intimate interaction with text by Sufi poet Rumi and a natural setting of the listener’s choice.
Until December 20 / Digital passes for the online event at TornSpaceTheater.com