On stage

'Dear Santa'


WHAT: Peek into the magical world of the North Pole, where Santa's frenzied staff keep the place running smoothly for the most part. Soon, a child's letter throws everything off course. For ages 9 and up.

WHEN: Friday-Saturday; dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Reservations required.

WHERE: Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre

COST: Civilians $38; seniors (65 and older), military retirees, DA civilians, active duty E7 and above $36; E6 and below $30; show only $25; (706) 793-8552

'A Christmas Story'

WHAT: The story of young Ralphie's quest to have a Red Rider BB gun under the Christmas tree

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Dec. 10-11 and 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken

LEARN MORE: (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com

Uncle Dickie's Holiday Extravaganza

WHAT: Original variety show, celebrating the holiday season and talent in Augusta

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 10-11, 16-18

WHERE: Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

TICKETS: $25, (706) 722-3322, www.lcnaugusta.com

'Aladdin Jr.'

WHAT: Musical Theatre Workshops

WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 3 p.m. Dec. 12

WHERE: Greenbrier High School, Evans

TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 students; 412-2 Vaughn Road, Martinez, (706) 231-1759, www.onwiththeshow.biz

'Kringle's Window'

WHAT: Sisters in troubled family find new meaning to Christmas with help of mysterious woman and the Internet

WHEN: 3 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 3 p.m. Dec. 19

WHERE: Edgefield County Theatre Company, William Miller Bauknight Theatre at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield, S.C.

TICKETS: $15 adults, $10 under 17; (803) 637-3833

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'Up the Down Staircase' auditions

WHAT: Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing production

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday-Monday

WHERE: Aiken Community Playhouse, Bechtel Experimental Theater, URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken

DETAILS: Open to middle and high school students; directed by Peg Tribert; show dates Feb. 25-27, March 4-5

LEARN MORE: (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com