Holidays at Holland Theatre

BELLEFONTAINE — It’s going to be a very merry holiday season at the historic Holland Theatre, with music and drama for all ages and tastes set to take the stage.

The month kicks off with The Elves and the Shoemaker on Dec. 2 and 3. This charming musical retelling of the classic fairytale is presented by Windmill Productions with a cast of local adults and children.

Quartet The Bad Plus plays on Dec. 7. Combining avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences, this quartet’s repertoire includes songs from Queen’s “We Are the Champions” to jazz standard “My Funny Valentine,” as well as innovative originals.

Next, celebrate a joyful Christmas with gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama on Dec. 10. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, including Jimmy Carter who leads the group today, the band has become one of the most decorated roots music groups in the world.

Finally, enjoy the sounds of the season with a free concert from the West Central Ohio Community Concert Band on Dec. 20. Last year’s event with this popular community band was such a hit that we are bringing the group back for what may become one of your family’s favorite Christmas traditions. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the complete Holland Theatre lineup, go to thehollandtheatre.org/tickets. Tickets are available online or though the box office, 937-592-9002.

Built in 1931 in downtown Bellefontaine, about 50 miles northwest of Columbus, the Holland is the nation’s only atmospheric Dutch theater. The building had fallen into disrepair in the 1990s after being converted into a cineplex but was saved from demolition when a local teacher and students took an interest in the structure. Buoyed by community support and government and private grants, the theater completed a multimillion-dollar restoration in 2019.

For background on the theater’s history and restoration visit www.dispatch.com/business/20190908/holland-theatre-prepares-to-reopen-in-bellefontaine-windmills-and-all.