There are pretty eclectic stage offerings over the next week — from plenty of holiday cheer to a dark play about Walt Disney to the exhilarating “Man of La Mancha.”
Elves Gone Bad: Holiday Improvisation Theater — Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway. Santa, his elves and a pirate put on an audience participation matinee. The kids will love this one. Ages 4-8. 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24. $5. 289-8076, unscrewedtheater.org.
Musical Mayhem Cabaret: Cinemayhem: The Holiday Edition — Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway. The cabaret company proudly proclaims it is “under-rehearsed and over-dramatic.” We just say there’s plenty of talent and the shows are lots of fun. This one is a musical comedy revue featuring songs from or inspired by holiday movies. 6 p.m. Dec. 10. $10. 270-9534 and on Facebook.
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney — The Scoundrel & Scamp Studio. See review.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — Corcoran Theater at Salpointe Catholic High School, 1545 E. Copper St. The school’s Drama Department stages this musical, based on the story of the beautiful Belle and how she changed a monster into a man. Final performances 6 p.m. Dec. 7; 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10. $10. 327-6581, salpointe.org.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella — Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., on the University of Arizona campus. Broadway in Tucson brings the fairy tale-turned-musical to the Old Pueblo. You know the story — mean stepmother and sisters, nice fairy godmother, handsome prince, glass slipper and, of course, Cinderella, who is pulled out of the ashes to become a princess. Whew, lots happening there. Ages 6 and up. Tickets are $29-$100. You can avoid the hefty TicketMaster charge if you buy them in person at the Centennial Hall Box Office. And if you get them online, make sure you are at the official Broadway in Tucson website — ticket brokers buy up tickets and jack the prices way up. Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; 8 p.m. Dec. 8; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. 1-800-745-3000, broadwayintucson.com.
A Charlie Brown Christmas — Arizona Rose Theatre, 4500 N. Oracle Road. This is your last chance to catch this Christmas classic with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang. They are about to discover the true meaning of Christmas. 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9; 2 p.m. Dec. 10. $8-$15. 888-0509, arizonarosetheatre.com.
68% Sane — The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. Residents of Hidden Hallow Home are not happy about changes. Time for an uprising. Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 3 p.m. Dec. 10. $16-$18. 270-9310, thecomedyplayhouse.com.
Man of La Mancha — Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Arizona Theatre Company stages the musical loosely based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century tale, “Don Quixote.” It’s set in a prison during the Spanish Inquisition, and Cervantes is there, defending himself in a mock trial. Seems his fellow inmates have accused him of being “a bad poet, an idealist and an honest man.” His defense is acting out the story of Don Quixote, who loses his grip on reality and decides to set out on a quest laid out in the musical’s best-known song, “Impossible Dream”: “To right the unrightable wrong/To love pure and chaste from afar/ To try when your arms are too weary/To reach the unreachable star.” David Bennett directs the minimalist production that has the actors singing, dancing and playing the instruments. Various times through Dec. 31. $25-$73. 622-2823, arizonatheatre.org.
The Voice of the Prairie — Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway. This John Olive play is almost an homage to storytelling. Davey Quinn is a simple farmer from Nebraska who has a knack for telling tales. An unlicensed broadcaster discovers him, declares he is “the voice of the prairie,” and his stories go out over the radio. Samantha Cormier, Josh Parra and Christopher Younggren each play multiple characters — and they are quite impressive. Maryann Green directs. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. $20; $15 for Thursday performances. 327-4242, livetheatreworkshop.org.
A Christmas Carol Tucson — A Christmas Carol Theatre, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., in the Foothills Mall. Standing O Entertainment brings back its production of the classic Christmas story. It is also bringing back the cast from last year’s performances. That includes James Gooden as Mr. Scrooge. Gooden was born to play the role — he completely owns it. 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 9; 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Through Dec. 31. $22.50. 325-3715.
Twas the Night Before Christmas — Roadrunner Theater, 8892 E. Tanque Verde Road. This is playwright Ken Ludwig’s version of the poem. Which means you are in for a wildly funny ride. It begins with Uncle Brierly giving a traditional reading of the poem to the kids. But he is quickly interrupted by a mouse named Amos, who offers up his version of the poem. Then madness ensues. Directed by Maria Gawne. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24. $20. 207-2491, roadrunnertheatrecompany.org.
Jingle Bell Rock — Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway. Tucsonan Richard Gremel penned this family show about the nasty Mr. Coalson and his attempts to ruin Christmas for the whole town. The Christmas Cheer gang is trying to drum up the holiday spirit, but Coalson, the head of the town’s coal company, is more interested in bad behavior that will result in coal in the children’s stockings. Lots of Christmas music, of course. Kris Kissel directs, Julia Hupp provides the music, and the cast includes Hupp, Stephen Frankenfield, Kyleigh Sacco, Matthew Frankenfield, Birdie Stark, Blake Franklin, Sheldon Metz and Linda Metz. Performances are 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 17. Tickets are $7 for kids; $10 for adults. 327-4242, livetheatreworkshop.org.