Holidays at the Paramount

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The beloved TV classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble 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 us 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. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

Friday, November 27, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets from $29.75 to 39.75.

FINE PRINT: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC

Festival of Trees
Auctioneer Bob Prozzo will present a huge selection of assorted auction items including vacation getaways, sport ticket packages, gift certificates, home furnishings and more. Catered by Roots the Restaurant, a cash bar will be available featuring a delicious assortment of wines, beers and soft drinks.
The auction features Gift Certificates galore: greens fees, pampering, day ski passes, signed sports photos, fine dining, artwork, bed-and-breakfast packages, and dozens of fun and fine items for the holiday shopper. The Paramount Theatre’s only fundraiser, this is an event with both silent and live auctions, and plenty of community spirit.
The doors for this popular annual event open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and the evening runs until the final live-auction item is secured. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, go to www.paramountvt.org.

Big Flicks at the Paramount
Miracle on 34th Street
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. This is the original 1947 flick, winner of multiple Oscars for acting and writing.
December 18 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $7 adults/$5 under 18

It’s a Wonderful Life
After George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. One of the most popular movies of all time, praised in particular for its writing, it was nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
December 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $7 adults/$5 under 18

The Nutcracker
In their 41st season, Albany Berkshire Ballet and dance students from area schools perform one of the world’s best-loved ballets, with Tchaikovsky’s soaring music. An annual favorite, the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “Nutcracker” tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve. The performance is based on the timeless tale by German storyteller E.T.A. Hoffman.
Choreographed by ABB Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, with lavish sets and scenery designed by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague, a Stockbridge native, and costumes designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue, the production will feature young local dance students in special children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of The ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as Brazil and Argentina.
Sunday, December 20, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets range from $29.50 to $39.50.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will make several visits to Rutland in the coming months, starting with the Holiday Pops. Celebrate the holidays with the VSO Holiday Pops with the VSO Chorus on Dec. 13. Everyone loves a holiday story! So get comfy as the VSO shares music from favorite Christmas movies, a masquerade ball, a fractured fairy tale, and of course the Nutcracker. Comedian and Moth StorySLAM host Hillary Boone emcees a program that also features some of her own humorous family sketches, plus an amazing youth soloist, the VSO brass, and a carol singalong. Show is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, as part of the Sunday Matinee Series.