‘Tis the season for drama

County residents looking for entertainment this Christmas season don’t have to look far. Dramatic productions across the county offer something for everyone, from fairy tale characters for the little ones to dinner and a play for the grown-ups to get into the holiday spirit.

GO TO THE BALL

Every year, the Calera Public Library has a special end-of-the-year evening story time for families to gather. This year, the library decided to liven things up a bit, said Liz Odom, children’s librarian.

The library is hosting a Winter Wonderland Ball on Dec. 13 from 6-9 p.m. Fairy tale characters will roam the library, from Cinderella and Prince Charming to Belle and the Beast. There will also be a Candy House Buffet, hosted by Hansel and Gretel, as well as a puppet show, souvenirs for sale and a silent auction for the grown-ups. Admission is free.

“This is just a time when people are looking for low-budget opportunities to spend time together as a family,” Odom said.

For more information, call 668-3514.

RING THE BELLES

Alabaster’s South City Theatre is getting into the Christmas spirit with a production of “Christmas Belles,” the story of the three Futrelle sisters and their quest to get their eccentric town to pull together to put on a Christmas program for the ages.

“Christmas Belles” will run from Dec. 5-21 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees. Night performances will be at 8 p.m., while matinees will be at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, while student, senior and group tickets are $12. Reservations can be made online at www.southcitytheatre.com or by calling 621-2128.

DINNER AND A MUSICAL

The First Baptist Church of Columbiana is offering dinner and a musical to focus on the Christ side of the Christmas season. From Dec. 12-14 at 6 p.m., patrons can enjoy dinner and then see “A Time for Christmas,” featuring church members. Tickets are $10.

Dinner and a musical is a yearly tradition for the church, said Leigh Borreson, assistsant to the music minister.

“They do it every year, and the whole community is invited,” she said.

For more information, contact the church at 669-3128.

SINGING FOR CHARITY

Listen to the songs of the Christmas season at “Sounds of the Season,” hosted by the Montevallo Main Street Players at Montevallo High School at 3 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Attendees will see a readers’ theater production of “The Long Christmas Dinner” by Thornton Wilder, hear holiday songs sung by the Montevallo Community Chorale and listen to seasonal music performed by the Montevallo Community Band.

The event will also be a fundraiser, as admission is either a donated toy appropriate for ages 1-12 or a cash donation to benefit Shelby Emergency Assistance’s Project Christmas.

For more information, call the Parnell Memorial Library at 665-9207.