Christmas is on Friday. Can you believe it? No doubt it’s been a strange holiday season. But as we gather together virtually this year, here are a handful of events to spark a little cheer. The Bucks County Choral Society brings familiar Christmas carols to your television, the National Museum of American Jewish History continues its own tradition, Off Mic Comedy School is raising funds for the future of laughter (very important stuff, indeed), and Quintessence and the Arden stream a pair of classics.
Air out your grievances before you dive in, folks!
The Bucks County Choral Society and Philadelphia Heritage Chorale will present Christmas Together in a Time of Isolation on Wednesday, December 23, at 8pm and again on Christmas Eve at 10pm on WHYY. Tune in if you’re looking for something traditional and familiar this weekend.
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is hosting its annual Being ____ at Christmas event on Christmas Day. The free online event (donation suggested) features live music, on-demand programming for adults and kids alike, and virtual museum tours. Discover the full list of activities at nmajh.org.
On Sunday, December 27, at 6pm, Off Mic Comedy School is raising funds for its need-based student scholarships with a robust roster of more than 30 performances. Comedians, school instructors, staff, and students come together for the three-hour block of shenanigans, and you can tune in and support the virtual program, which closes out with a special performance from Che Guerrero.
And be sure to check out their courses if you happen to be feeling ambitious about starting a new journey in the new year.
Quintessence Theatre Group is extending their run of the virtual production of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess through January 3. The production is noted for its diversity—in front of and behind the camera. Find out more about it online if you haven’t seen it already.
Arden Theatre is streaming their digital capture of the 2016 production of A Year with Frog and Toad through December 31. The kid-friendly performance tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad that blossoms as they travel through four seasons learning life lessons along the way. Access the show with a donation of any amount, which goes to their Arden for Always Recovery Fund.
Image Description: A still from 'A Year with Frog and Toad.' Two actors sing on stage. Two homes are in the background behind them. The actor on the left is wearing a red sweater, bowtie, and slacks. The actor on the right is wearing a suit and bowtie. Both are carrying leaf brooms.