‘A Lyrical Christmas Carol’ Onstage at Pittsburgh Musical Theater; McKeesport Thtr. has ‘The Happy Elf’ (Sun., 12/16/18)

1)The centuries have seen countless stage versions of the Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, and a longtime standard here in Pittsburgh is Ken and Jane Gargaro’s A Lyrical Christmas Carol. Ken Gargaro was founding director of the Pittsburgh Musical Theater school and performance center. He wrote A Lyrical Christmas Carol with Jane and premiered the show in 1991. It has been delighting local audiences ever since. As always, the cast includes accomplished adult performers along with outstanding younger folks from the PMT school. The show features song-and-dance numbers that’ll send you home from the New Hazlett Theater in a supercharged holiday spirit. 2 p.m. Last day. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)

2) HARRY CONNICK, JR.’S THE HAPPY ELF. As everyone from Glassport to Turtle Creek knows, it’s not really Christmas until you hear from McKeesport Little Theater. And this season, the McKeesportian thespians present Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf, in which a cool cat called Eubie the Elf brings Christmas JAZZ to Bluesvile. 2 p.m.Last day. 1614 Coursin St., McKeesport. (MV)