Our Top Winter Performing Arts Picks

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December’s cold weather necessitates indoor activities, but a houseful of family in town for the holidays can trigger a mean case of cabin fever. Tickets to some of the winter’s best performances provide the perfect way to get out on the town, enjoy a little peace and quiet when the lights dim and inspire lively post-curtain call conversations about topics other than your romantic status. Performing arts can be a little pricey—especially if you’re shelling out for more than one ticket—so we’ve rounded up a few of the top stagings in town that won’t break the bank.


Photo courtesy of The Fabulous Fox Theatre

The Holidays Deflated the Bank Account
“Shadows and Light” at Edison Theatre, Dec. 4-6
Tickets start at $10
Washington University Dance Theatre puts on a professional-grade performance at its annual showcase. “Shadows and Light” explores the modern tradition’s use of light to contour, illuminate and obfuscate dancers’ bodies in motion. In this show, dancers engage light and shadow alongside their movements to explore literally and metaphorically what can be seen and what remains invisible.

Kind of Counting on That Holiday Check…
Jazz St. Louis Big Band plays Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Dec. 21-23
Tickets start at $25
For a sophisticated night out, bring the family to Jazz at the Bistro to hear Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s takes on classic works from “The Nutcracker,” where Tchaikovsky’s pieces gain new life. “Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy,” for instance, becomes “Sugar Rum Cherry.” Grandparents who grew up on Ellington will love his riffs (not to mention your nod to tradition), while young folks will hear familiar tunes in new ways. As for you, it’s darn good music in an acoustically profound setting.

The End-of-Year Bonus Came Early
“Wicked” at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, various dates, Dec. 9-Jan. 3
Tickets start at $40
Whether you’re a transplant welcoming family to town for the first time or a native St. Louisan, The Fox is one of the city’s most gorgeous places to catch a show—especially a modern Broadway classic. It’s a wickedly wonderful night out for a family large or small, and with ticket prices that top out at $200, it’s the perfect holiday season splurge.

This originally appeared in the December 2015 issue.

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