Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Dec. 17

It truly is a family affair when Canadians Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy bring their Celtic music to the stage for a holiday party. MacMaster and Leahy are married, and their performances marry their masterful fiddle playing with the sounds and traditions of their home and their six children. This celebration is a homecoming of sorts. The musicians, whose long association with Hancher makes them feel like family, will be performing for the first time in the new Hancher Auditorium.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas -- Iowa City: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (12/13), Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd.; $10 to $50, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or; Cedar Falls: 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8392 University Ave., Cedar Falls; $17.75 to $40.75, (319) 273-4849 or

‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’
Tuesday, Dec. 12

The beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. All of your favorite characters will be there, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. They’re ready to spring to life in an adventure teaching us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. This Broadway at the Paramount presentation carries on a holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Run time is 90 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.

“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (12/12), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $48 to $68, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Saturday, Dec. 9

Experience the Paramount Theatre like it was in the 1920s when silent films ruled the screens. This digitally remastered version of the silent film starring Lon Chaney will be accompanied by the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer, played by famed theater organist Walt Strony. Feel the power of the historic instrument as the story of an unlikely hero unfolds. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, viewers will be transported to 15th century Paris, where disfigured cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo saves the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda from a death sentence for a murder she didn’t commit.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday (12/9), Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; $13 general admission, Paramount ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or