Christmas is midweek, FCOL. You’ve got a whole weekend to fill before it gets here, with last-minute chores and abstention from all the holiday food. Herewith, five ways to relax, immersed in live theater.
–“A Christmas Carol”: Let’s start with a classic. ACT Theatre presents its annual holiday offering through Dec. 29; info here.
–“James and the Giant Peach”: Not the “usual” holiday fare, this adaptation of the Roald Dahl book offers adventure and music, and emphasizes the timeless values of family — wherever you may find it. At Seattle Children’s Theatre through Jan. 12; review here.
–“Oliver!”: The musical based on the Dickens novel about the plight of impoverished orphans is at the 5th Avenue through Dec. 31; review here.
–“Dick Whittington and his Cat”: Not just for expats, this British “panto” show (boisterous humor for kids and adults) retells the folk tale of a poor boy and his superior cat. Staged by Fremont Players and the Fremont Philharmonic, it runs through Jan. 5; info here.
–“Dina Martina Christmas Show”: This one’s for adults. Dina takes over the Re-bar with a retrospective of “greatest hits” from her past 14 holiday shows. Through Dec. 31; info here.