by Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are the Top Five Things to do in Pittsburgh the week of December 11 to 14.
The kids from Dreams of Hope have a brand new show, “The Lavender Spell.” When powerful magic forces have torn a hole in the fabric of this world, leaving it vulnerable to the mortal realm, a young witch stands trial. Can the Fey, a group of bodiless magical beings, explain what led to this disaster, and why they cast the Lavender Spell? The Lavender Spell is at the Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, go to http://www.dreamsofhope.org/
Cratchit it up a notch
A holiday favorite returns to the Byham Theater. It’s time for “A Musical Christmas Carol.” The story of Scrooge comes to life with song! The Dickens you say! Scrooge and his ghosts get together at the Benedum Center, 719 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh through December 21. For more information, go to http://trustarts.culturaldistrict.org
Bailey’s No Cream
Bricolage is serving up another Live Radio Play. Catch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Another Christmas classic comes to the Pittsburgh stage. See Brett Goodnack lasso the moon at the Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, go to http://www.bricolagepgh.org/
While you’re in town, see “Urinetown.” When the Earth’s water supply is diminished, an evil corporate empire charges admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Basically, pay toilets come back in a big way in “Urinetown,” at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Avenue. For more information, go to http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/
Pop goes the Concert
The Pittsburgh Symphony teams up with the Mendelssohn Choir and Santa Claus to put on a spectular holiday show. This week, Jim Cunningham narrates a Christmas tale. The following week, Rick Sebak will narrate. Illustrator Joe Wos will be on hand to draw up some additional surprises. It’s happening at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. For more information, go to http://culturaldistrict.org/venues/heinz-hall