“Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods” from Music Theater Works opens Saturday. The Nutcracker meets the Wizard of Oz at Noyes and the “American Girl Live” musical is on stage at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Check out all the shows on stage in an around Evanston this weekend.

Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods
Everybody’s favorite storybook characters come together in this wise and witty tale about the consequences of what you wish for. Ages 8 and over.
At Music Theater Works, Cahn auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Dec. 22-31, tickets start at $34

The Nutcracker meets The Wizard of Oz in this modern retelling of both stories. Join Clara, Toto, the Snow Woman and the Nutcracker on their journey to have their holiday wishes granted by the mysterious Sorceress. Children of all ages will enjoy this magical journey filled with classical ballet and the beloved Tchaikovsky score.
At Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Dec. 22-30, tickets $15-25

American Girl Live
Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship.
At North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Dec. 21-23, tickets $37-47

The Full Monty
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, a group of unemployed steel workers from Buffalo come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash.  In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed… not merely physically but also emotionally.
At Theo Ubique, Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard St., runs through Jan. 27, tickets $25-50

Shrek the Musical
A tale of an unlikely hero on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess.
At Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Dec. 30, tickets $50-60

Holiday Inn
Based on the classic film, this musical tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July.
At Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, runs through Jan. 6, tickets $50-60

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