THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY
Dec. 18: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. Headlining this month is Josie Leavitt, founding member of the Vermont Comedy Divas. Also featuring Kathleen Kanz, Timothy Bridge, Lori Goldman, Tyler Denton and Josie Leavitt. Adult content. Every third Thurs., 7 p.m. Capitol Grounds. 27 State St., Montpelier. $5. 223-7800. capitolgrounds.com.
Dec. 19–21: Night Fires. Theatre Group Ltd’s celebrational pageant-like play at the time of the winter solstice. As always, the theme is a journey through the dark to new life and hope. Music and poetry from the Americas, especially North America, plus some exquisite songs from all around the globe. Original prose by Deborah Lubar and Marianne Lust. Dec. 19, 8 p.m.; Dec. 20, 4 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m. The popular pre-show singing begins approximately 20 minutes before the show itself. Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury. Adults $24; seniors and students $20. townhalltheater.org.
Dec. 20: Stories for a Winter’s Eve. Original Vermont stories and music with Patti Casey and friends. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., E. Montpelier. Tickets: $15 advance at oldmeetinghouse.org; $18 at the door; $10 ages 12 and under; $50 4-pack. 249-0404 or 229-9593.
Dec. 20, 21: Green Mountain Nutcracker. Moving Light Dance offers the perennial holiday favorite dance production, now in its eighth year, featuring 75 local dancers, fabulous hand-made costumes and glorious set pieces. Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $14–28. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org.