Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Dec. 13, 2017



Actors Circle seeks play submissions: The community theater group is seeking submissions for its 2018/2019 season. Those interested in directing a play should send a script with submission form, available online at, to Actors Circle, c/o Linda Griffiths, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, PA, 18508, no later than Dec. 15. For more information, call Linda at 570-947-3316.


Marywood University graduate students’ exhibits, now through Jan. 8 in the Mahady Gallery, in the Shields Center for Visual Arts. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Galleries follow the Marywood University holiday and winter break schedule. Cost: free. Info/appointments:

Actors Circle presents ‘Sound and Song: Holiday Edition,’ Dec. 14-17 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. in Scranton. Show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. A musical revue featuring favorite holiday songs. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Dec. 15 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road, Waverly Township. The play, in two acts, features local actor Robert Hughes. Cost: free. RSVP (appreciated): 570-586-8191, ext. 2.

Clarks Summit University’s Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the school’s historic Murphy Memorial Library. Cost: $8. Info:

The Lyric Consort presents ‘Venite,’ 8 p.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Scranton. The program, will feature carols and songs centered on the Advent and Christmas theme of “O Come.” A holiday reception will follow. Cost: $10 for adults; free for students. Tickets are available at the door. Info: or 570-343-6707.

Big Band Christmas Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at Clarks Green Assembly of God. Featuring the Brass Elves, the event will benefit the Clarks Summit Police Department, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new defibrillators for the department. Seating is limited. Cost: $10. Tickets: Info: 570-586-8286.

‘Embrace the Joy’ Christmas cantata, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. The event will be comprised of more than 30 singers and musicians from area churches. Refreshments will follow. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Abington Heights High School Choir Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 17 in the high school auditorium. Cost: $2; free for Goldcard members.

The Arcadia Chorale’s 34th annual Messiah Sing-Along, 3 p.m. Dec. 17 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton. Cost: $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members and free for students; copies of the music available for purchase at the door. Info/reservations: or 570-871-0350.

Abington Heights High School Music Department Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in the high school auditorium. Cost: $2; free for Goldcard members.

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University present the 42nd annual production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28 at the Marywood Sette LaVerghetta Theater. Cost: free. General public tickets are available two hours prior to each specific performance at the Marywood box office. Sponsorships are also available in advance for seating benefits. Info: or call 570-347-2867.


Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “A Christmas Blizzard” by Garrison Keillor. Info: 570-587-3440.


All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Abington Community Library. Chat and meet your neighbors while working on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

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