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Atlee High School Auditorium The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Tickets are $20-$24. 9414 Atlee Station Road. 798-0945.

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Bishop Kids Gospel Play Productions presents "A Dead Man Walking," the story of the last days of a death row inmate, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22.50.

Also, The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents "The Legend of the Poinsettia," a performance about Latin American Christmas traditions, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $5. 2880 Mountain Road. 261-6200.

New Life Outreach International Church The church presents "One Bethlehem Night," a dinner theater performance starting Dec. 15. Doors at 6 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. Tickets are $30. 1005 Turner Road. 276-6767.

Ongoing

Barksdale Theatre The Barksdale Theatre presents "A Broadway Holiday Review" with Desiree Roots Centeio, Robyn O'Neill, Debra Wagoner and other Richmond musical theater performers, through Dec. 20. Tickets are $25.

Also, "Scapino!" the adventures of a trickster trying to bring two lovers together, at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. weekend matinees. Through Jan. 22. Tickets are $34-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

Cobb Theatre "A Christmas Carol" comes to Randolph-Macon College at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 15. Tickets are $2.50. 205 Henry St. 752-7316.

Empire Theatre Theatre IV presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," a musical based on the "Peanuts" comic strip, through Dec. 18. Tickets are $29-$32. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.

Landmark Theater The Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees. Through Dec. 21. Tickets are $18-$100. 6 N. Laurel St. Call 344-0901 or visit www.richmondballet.com.

Mystery Dinner Playhouse The playhouse presents "Murder at the Irish Wake," Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Governor's Inn. Through Feb. 11. Tickets are $26.95-$36.95. 9826 Midlothian Turnpike. Call 649-2583 or visit www.mysterydinner.com.

Science Museum of Virginia The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," running 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Through Jan. 1. Tickets are $8. 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.

Second Presbyterian Church The Encore! Theatre Company presents a two-man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," at 8 p.m. through Dec. 23. Tickets are $13-$18. Call (866) BARD-TIX or visit www.richmondshakespeare.com.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre "Das Barbec´┐Ż," a Texas musical comedy of jazz, swing and country tunes, lariat tricks and a synchronized swimming revue, through Jan. 7. Tickets are $27.50-$41.50. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway.

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