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Entertainment listings, Dec. 20-27, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

HOLIDAY MAGIC SNOW SHOW

What: "Snow" will fall over the holiday tree at Center Court while three holiday songs are playing. Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him, make a reservation.

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Dec. 20-24.

Where: Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil St., C.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 16, 2018

If you're looking to have a ball this Christmas season, you can't do much better than the one by which all others are measured — the royal ball that won a poor girl the hand of a prince for just the cost of a glass slipper. That fabled event is being recreated tonight at the State Farm Center in Champaign, but rest assured, you are most cordially invited.

For star of 'Cinderella,' title role fits just like slipper — perfectly

CHAMPAIGN — Indiana University graduate Kaitlyn Mayse is no stranger to being a fairy-tale princess, having recently played Belle in stage plays of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" and Rapunzel in "Into the Woods," among other roles.

This Sunday, she'll take on the part of Ella in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" at State Farm Center in Champaign.

Showcase time: At Champaign's Franklin Middle, it's full STEAM ahead

CHAMPAIGN — By now, the acronym "STEM" (science, technology, engineering and math) is ubiquitous.

Less familiar, however, might be its counterpart "STEAM," which adds an "A" for "arts" and is part of Franklin Middle School's new name: Franklin STEAM Academy.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 13-20, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

HOLIDAY MAGIC SNOW SHOW

What: "Snow" will fall over the holiday tree at Center Court while three holiday songs are playing. Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. Special events — ugly sweater day, Dec. 13; pet night, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

When: 12:25, 3:25 and 6:25 p.m. Dec. 13-24.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 9, 2018

There are all sorts of great Christmas shows to be found in venues all over East Central Illinois this time of year, but only one can boast of having been written specifically for the area theater that is presenting its world premiere this weekend — and is proud as punch to be doing so — Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 6-13, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

HOLIDAY MAGIC SNOW SHOW

What: "Snow" will fall over the holiday tree at Center Court while three holiday songs are playing. In addition, free Also, visit Santa and get a photo taken with him. Special events - holiday PJ day, Dec. 6; pet nights, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; ugly sweater day, Dec. 13.

Tricia Stiller/review | Cast delivers high-octane performance in Station's 'Mamma Mia'

For fans of a certain age, the music of Swedish pop sensation ABBA resurrects memories of disco balls, platform shoes and dancing 'till dawn.

To newer audiences, hits like "Dancing Queen" and "The Winner Takes it All" are songs on the soundtrack of a smash Broadway jukebox musical that eventually got the Hollywood treatment.

Frank's Weekend Faves, Dec. 2, 2018

There's nothing like the holidays to juice up the local music scene, and no venue is busier with musical goings-on this time of year than Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Just check all that's playing this week:

— Today at 3 p.m.

Mahomet Irish dance company stepping up to bring competiton to area

CHAMPAIGN — After 14 years of Irish dancing, Allie Hartlein knows it's a lot more than tricky footwork and a challenge to learn.

She has seen Irish dancing foster discipline, good sportsmanship and other valuable lessons for kids.

"They cheer for each other, even though they compete against each other," she said.

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