Holiday season

Theatre, dance and family events make the season sparkle!

Proctors is offering plenty of holiday surprises this season, with a spate of theatre, dance and family events that will make the season sparkle.

And patrons can purchase Gift Cards for Proctors and theREP at our Crossgates Mall kiosk, located on the lower level by the Disney Store (accepting cash and all major credit cards; open during regular mall hours).

Talk about tradition. It just wouldn’t be Christmas at Proctors without Northeast Ballet’s Annual The Nutcracker (7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 & 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, $20–$45). Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in this whimsical celebration of the season, under the artistic direction of Darlene Myers. (Sponsored by Bank of America Holiday Traditions Series, Noble Gas Solutions, Hampton Inn by Hilton—Western Avenue and Galway Co-op.)

Sweets & Treats with Santa (12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, $10–$20) Enjoy cookies, cocoa, crafts and the star of the season: Santa! This event tends to sell out quickly so reserve seats now. A great way to kick off the day before seeing Northeast Ballet’s Annual The Nutcracker (Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors.)

Turning tradition on its head with wonderful results, it’s The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, $20–$45). That’s right, the legendary rapper visits in a holiday mash-up for the whole family. The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season. (Sponsored by Camelot Print & Copy Center.)

Festive Eats (5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 & Thursday, Dec. 8, $10–$20) adds convenience to the holidays with a hot, kid-friendly Italian buffet prior to performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Coloring activities and goodie bags for kids! (Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors.)

The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season at Proctors (7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 & Thursday, Dec. 8, $20–$57). Come see all of your favorite characters from the animated special—including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph—as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Miracle on 34th Street (2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, $20–$45), is a new musical adaptation of the favorite holiday tale made famous by the beloved 1947 movie of the same name! With a touching story and wonderful songs such as “Just Imagine,” “Macy’s Madrigals” and “I Believe in Miracles,” you will truly believe in the miracles of the season. (Sponsored by Bank of America Holiday Traditions Series, Pepsi Beverages and Logical Net.)

In what’s fast becoming a holiday tradition, It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre returns to the GE Theatre at Proctors (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, $30), reinventing Frank Capra’s famous film as a radio play, with a small, intrepid band of WVL employees creating all of Bedford Falls’ voices as well as appropriate sound effects. Fascinating and fun. (Sponsored by Bank of America Holiday Traditions Series.)

And, to send 2016 out in style, it’s a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Proctors (8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, $60), packed with comedy and music. The evening starts with a Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show stand-up comedy showcase, featuring the nation’s best up-and-coming comedians. Following is a tribute to the horn bands of the 60’s & 70’s with the Joey Thomas Big Band—featuring the music of Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power and more! Throughout the night, enjoy dancing, light fare, cash bar and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 or older to attend.

All events take place at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Box Office at Proctors; call 518.346.6204; or go online at proctors.org.