Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of December 12, 2011

Five For Twenty (or Less)

This week’s cheap theatre post is all about the kids and, of course, the holidays! Why not take the kids out for an extra special holiday treat that’s fun for the whole family without breaking the bank. There’s so much great theatre in the city but it’s not always very kid-friendly; this is your chance to delight their imaginations with the magic of theatre, all for under $20. Share the excitement and have some fun during this festive season!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens (Humber River Shakespeare Co). Five actors perform the timeless tale of greed, ghosts, salvation and hope. Dec 15 at 7 pm. $15, child $10.Sheridan Park Alliance Church, 2440 Fifth Line W. 416-209-2026,

SEUSSICAL by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Young People’s Theatre). This all-ages musical is based on the classic Dr. Seuss books. Previews Nov 7-9. Opens Nov 10 and runs to Dec 30, Sat-Sun 2 pm, see website for other dates and times. $15-$20. 165 Front E. 416-862-2222,

THE MIRACLE ON MERCER STREET Second City presents all-ages seasonal comedy mixing live-action sketches with puppetry and songs. Opens Nov 19 and runs to Dec 17, Sat Saturdays at noon. $12, family 4-pack $40. 51 Mercer. 416-343-0011,

THE SNOW QUEEN (Little Red Theatre). This play for ages four and up is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Dec 12-14, Mon-Wed 1:30 pm and Tue-Wed 10:30 am. $11, child $9. Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston. 416-533-8848,

THE STORY by Martha Ross (Theatre Columbus). The ensemble performs an unconventional telling of the Nativity in an outdoor walk-about show. Previews Dec 13-15. Opens Dec 16 and runs to Dec 30, Tue-Sun 7:30 pm (no show Dec 24, 25, 26) mats Dec 21, 23, 28 at 4:30 pm. $25, stu/srs $20, child/previews $10. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview. 416-504-7529,