Holiday Shows Light Up the Grunin Center for the Arts

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Nov 18, 2019
Courtesy of: The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts

Toms River — ’Tis the season! The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the Ocean County College campus in Toms River, has a spectacular lineup of holiday shows now through December. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to reserve a seat soon.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, have a laugh at “Assisted Living: The Musical – The Home for the Holidays,” on the main stage at 7:30 p.m. This 75-minute vaudeville-esque revue centers on the crazy antics at the Pelican Roost Assisted Living Home – an active, full-service retirement community – during the holiday season.

The following Tuesday, Nov. 26, The TEN Tenors bring back their highly acclaimed show “Home for the Holidays” at 7 p.m. As OCC explains, “They’ll perform a lively mix of holiday favorites featuring everything from ‘Feliz Navidad’ and ‘O Holy Night’ to ‘Winter Wonderland’ and even ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – all given the signature The TEN Tenors treatment, with incredible 10-part harmonies and smooth choreography.”

From Dec. 5 to 15, celebrate the holidays Broadway style with the OCC Repertory Theatre Co. “Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue” is a rousing revue featuring more than 20 favorite holiday tunes from the Great White Way. “With performances that range from silly to somber, this all-encompassing collection of seasonal favorites will be sure to put even the biggest Grinch in the holiday spirit!” OCC notes. Times vary depending on day of show.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present “A Celtic Family Christmas,” an intimate and unique concert series that includes the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians, and their children.

The following day – Saturday, Dec. 7 – the classic “A Christmas Carol” comes to the Grunin Center at 1 p.m. “This family-friendly show is a musical adaptation of the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who hated Christmas,” OCC states.

That night at 7, the OCC Concert Band will perform “Home for the Holidays,” with a timeless selection of holiday favorites.

The Vienna Boys Choir, the world’s foremost children’s choral group, will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, to celebrate the magic of the season with a delightful program of Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, Christmas hymns and holiday carols.

The next day, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas as the finest traditional artists from Ireland present “Irish Christmas in America.”

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., see the delightful ballet “The Nutcracker,” a dream story brought to life through music and dance. This ballet is narrated for the added enjoyment of audiences.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, “Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas” sees the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies and spectacular step dancing.

And at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, the heart-warming “Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical” brings dancing, singing and festivities to the Grunin Center.

Tickets can be purchased online at; by phone at 732-255-0500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. —J.K.-H.

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