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OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Stardust Christmas Enchantment and the best local arts and culture for Nov. 24-30.
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Happy Thanksgiving From OLY ARTS!

As you work your way through turkey with all the trimmings, don't forget to plan a full week of holiday entertainment produced right here at home. The day after Thanksgiving is inevitably crowded with theater openings, and the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest tomorrow. Gift shoppers, keep your eyes peeled for our holiday print edition, appearing all over town!

Don't forget, we also post a comprehensive OLY Update podcast every Friday. It'll fill you in on Tellabration, Lincoln Winter Market, Sing-a-Long-A Sound of Music, the ongoing run of Wee Small, and so many other terrific events this final week of November.

This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, Nov. 24-30:

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Parents may recall Barbara Robinson’s 1970’s young adult novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Robinson also adapted her novel for the stage. At the helm of Olympia Family Theater's production is Isaac McKenzie- sullivan, who recently finished a run as Gerald in Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” The rough and wild Herdman family surprises everyone by getting starring roles in the annual Christmas play, then putting their own wacky spin on things. There's a large cast of about 30 actors, ranging from seven years and up. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever includes Christmas carols to make the whole experience complete.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16;
2 p.m. Nov. 26 and 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18

Where: Olympia Family Theater,
612 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $13-$19

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The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment is Harlequin Productions' 21st original musical at the Stardust Club. That sets the stage for such 1960 classics as The Drifters’ “This Magic Moment” and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs’ “Stay.” As usual, something goes awry and the gang must put on a show. Complications are caused by a magician (John Serembe) who arrives without his props. Returning are Christian Doyle and Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe as the couple running the club. Xander Layden is back, as are Bruce Haasl as Eddie and choreographer Amy Shephard.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, Nov. 20-Dec. 3 and Dec. 8-10, 14-17, 21-23, 29 and 30;
2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11, 18 and 24;
7 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $25-$48

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Downtown for the Holidays

Downtown for the Holidays

The Olympia Downtown Association produces a downtown extravaganza each year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This event is brought to you by the generous donations of downtown businesses, sponsors, membership dues and volunteers. It includes a gingerbread village in The Washington Center for the Performing Arts lobby, musical entertainment from First Christian Church's Ringing Chime Choir, wagon and trolley rides, photos with Santa, a parade at 3 p.m., a pipes-and-drums band at 4 p.m. and a beautiful tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the “Twinkle Fest” lighting contest throughout this holiday season by visiting downtown shops. Vote for your favorite display!

When: noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27

Where: 106 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia

How much: free!

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Find your copy of OLY ARTS' holiday print edition at every local theater, Batdorf & Bronson, Bread Peddler, Olympia Farmers Market and many live-arts venues!

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