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Four holiday shows open December 10--11

The Colonial Nutcracker

The Colonial Nutcracker Photo: Rob Reynolds

The city is full of holiday-themed performances, most running through the end of this festive month. But we found four more stagings, starting this week, that are sure to up the cheer factor.

It's the season of gift giving, and the toymaker is in search of a new helper. This production—adapted by Kathy Ferman-Menino with music by Ellen Mandel and direction and choreography by Jeremy Williams—follows the story of two finalists from the pool of applicants, one selfish and one sweet. In the end, only one can get the job. Sat Dec 10, 17 at 11am, 1pm. .

Perfect for children (and parents) who are passionate about U.S. history, this interpretation of the ballet moves the action to colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War and features redcoat army mice. Just an hour in length, the condensed show is designed to keep kids from getting antsy. Sun Dec 11 at 2pm. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

In addition to the usual music and dance, this production also features dialogue. Thanks to the clear format, even the littlest kids will be able to follow the Nutcracker Prince on his adventure through the Forbidden Forest and the Land of Sweets. Bonus: It's only an hour long. Sun Dec 11 at 1:30, 4pm. Flushing Town Hall.

Watch Dickens's holiday classic tale as told by the Puppet People: husband-and-wife puppeteers Mark and Michelle Smith-Carrigan. They unfurl the story of "Bah, humbug" Scrooge and his trio of Christmas ghosts using handcrafted puppets, intricate sets and a holiday tune--laden soundtrack. Sun Dec 11 at 3, 5, 7pm. Brooklyn Lyceum.

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