The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston brings back its annual holiday revue Christmas Time, now in its 30th season, for 10 performances only December 7-16 at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham. This singing and dancing spectacular has become a beloved annual tradition for thousands of families of all ages throughout the Greater Boston area and New England.
This joyous musical celebration presents all the comfort and joy of the season in heartwarming choral and dance numbers, beautiful costumes, and breath-taking custom scenery designed and painted by world renowned artist Robert Moody. Created and directed by Reagle’s founder and executive producer Robert Eagle, Christmas Time boasts a feast of timeless holiday favorites plus a full, live professional orchestra. This year Broadway’s Sarah Pfisterer and Rick Hilsabeck, who recently starred in Reagle’s acclaimed production of “My Fair Lady,” return as special guests.
“People of all ages have made Christmas Time a Boston area tradition,” says Eagle. “Like other time-honored classics such as ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and the ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular,’ our production is eagerly anticipated by thousands of subscribers each year. In this world of political, economic and cultural strife, ‘Christmas Time’ seems to offer families the simple gift of the true spirit of the season. It’s a glorious cup of Christmas cheer!”
Audiences are treated to a cornucopia of sights and sounds sung and danced by a cast of 40 adults and 150 children from two dozen Greater Boston communities. Perennial favorites include the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, performed by a bevy of precision tap dancers, and the inspirational Living Nativity. A sonorous choir of 40 adult carolers presents a Victorian Christmas, and the City Sidewalks come alive with popular classics accompanied by a hand bell choir. The young ballerina Clara dances to visions of sugar plums in the Teddy Bears’ Nutcracker, and 100 boys and girls from grades 1-4 are transformed into adorable elves in the colorful Santa’s Workshop.
“Christmas Time is a holiday classic that creates a winter wonderland of treats sure to please the child in all of us,” says Eagle. “It offers a chance for families to slow down and appreciate the magic of the season. Too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle, commercialism, and superficial glitz and glamour that distract and pressure us at this time of year. Shows like ours endure because audiences find meaning in celebrating what really matters – the promise of peace on Earth and goodwill to all as seen through the wonder of childhood.”
This year ChristmasTime will offer the one chance for local lovers of precision tap dancing to see the remarkable Parade of the Wooden Soldiers made famous by the world renowned Rockettes. Through special arrangement with the famed New York troupe, Reagle Music Theatre is one of very few organizations allowed to perform the trademarked choreography.
Christmas Time performs Fridays, December 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays, December 8 and 15 and Sundays, December 9 and 16 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. The Robinson Theatre is located at 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, easily reached via Route 95. There is ample free onsite parking, and the theater is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are priced at $34, $40, $46, and $50 for adults. Seniors (60+) receive $3 off adult prices. Youth tickets (ages 5-18) are $25 for any seat. Student rush seats at 50% off are available at the Box Office one hour before curtain; a valid college ID is required. For groups of 10 or more, call 781-894-2330 or 781-891-5600 for information on discounts.
Tickets may be purchased anytime online at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by phone at 781-891-5600, or in person at the Box Office. Hours are Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and performance days 9 a.m. to curtain.