Capital Region

On with the shows: There are still holiday performances to see and hear, outdoors or online

The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s “Poinsettia Pops” concert, recorded at Proctors, is available via the theater’s website through Dec. 25.
The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra’s “Poinsettia Pops” concert, recorded at Proctors, is available via the theater’s website through Dec. 25.

It comes as no surprise that many of the Capital Region’s traditional holiday shows have either been postponed or canceled. Yet some have taken on new formats, either going virtual or continuing in a socially distanced environment.

We’ve compiled a list of some festive shows people can drive to see — or tune in to from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Home Made Theater

The Saratoga Springs-based theater is presenting the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” The virtual show stars Patrick and Mairin Quinn, two local theater mainstays. They’ve come together to present a two-person version of the holiday redemption story. The production is a pay-per-view fundraiser for the theater and tickets are $15 per view. It’s available through Dec. 31. For information and tickets, visit

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Berkshire Theater Group

The Stockbridge, Massachusetts-based company brings “Holiday Memories” to the stage this season. The show is based on an autobiographical short story by Truman Capote about his experiences growing up in depression-era Alabama. It follows the friendship of two wayward souls, a precocious young boy, Buddy, and his adult cousin, Sook.

“Holiday Memories” will be presented in the courtyard at the Unicorn Theatre (6 East St., Stockbridge). The first and second acts run roughly 30 minutes, and in between, audience members can go indoors for warm drinks and food. Theatergoers are encouraged to dress warmly. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. For information, visit or call 413-997-4444.

Illuminate Theatre

“Illuminate’s Holiday Spectacular” celebrates the holidays through the lens of artists of color in the Capital Region.

It kicks off online on Friday. Directed by Morgan Heyward and Gregory Theodore Marsh, and hosted by local actors Kim Wafer and Emmett Ferris, the “Spectacular” will include songs and stories of the holidays. It’s a prerecorded production and there will be a watch party starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a discussion with the artists. Those who purchase tickets will receive a link to access the watch party. Following that, the “Holiday Spectacular” will be available to rent through Jan. 8. For information, visit Illuminate Theatre on Facebook.


The improv theater will present “Mick Treadwell’s Holiday Christmas Special” online at 8 p.m. Saturday. Treadwell will be joined by local improv groups for the show. To view it, visit MopCo Improv Theatre on YouTube.

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra has taken its holiday pops concert virtual with “Pointsettia Pops.” The concert, which was filmed at Proctors, is available via the theater’s website through Dec. 25. The concert includes holiday classics such as “Fantasia,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride” and more. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Proctors box office by phone (518-346-6204) or at

Albany Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra will present a virtual “Tchaikovsky Serenade” starting at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 9. Conducted by the Grammy Award-winning David Alan Miller, the performance will feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” and other songs. Tickets are donation-based and are available at

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Through its online BSO Now program, the orchestra offers up “Holiday Pops,” which features seasonal classics newly recorded from two iconic Boston venues — Fenway Park and Symphony Hall. The Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Choir are also featured in the festivities with virtual performances. “Holiday Pops” is available to purchase for a $30 fee at or by calling 888-266-1200.

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