Holiday Openings: ‘The Nutcracker’ at Lincoln Park & ‘Christmas Belles’ at Little Lake (Thurs., 12/9/21)

THE NUTCRACKER (ballet) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center. Dec. 9 – 12. 

In case any newcomers to our city wondered: Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is not related to the Chicago zoo of the same name. It is a regional hub of arts activity in Midland, just down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, and an annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a highlight there. 7:30 p.m. One Lincoln Place, Midland. (M.V.)

CHRISTMAS BELLES by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. Little Lake Theatre. Dec. 9 – 18. 

If you invent a fictional town you might as well use it more than once. Lake Wobegon lasted 42 years; Night Vale is at 10 years and counting, and Fayro, Texas is the home of three stage comedies, all featuring the equally fictional Futrelle sisters. Little Lake Theatre marks the holiday season by presenting the second play of the trilogy, Christmas Belles. In this installment, sister Franky is pregnant with twins while Twink is in jail and Honey Raye is determined to save the church Christmas program, because that’s what heroes are for. 7:30 p.m. 500 Lakeside Dr. South, Canonsburg. (M.V.)