Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 12/13/2012

LITTLE MISS SCROOGE Through Dec. 23. Rubicon Theatre Company presents this Dickensian musical extravaganza, a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol with added characters and plot lines from Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Bleak House and other great Dickens novels. Estella Scrooge, a young Wall Street tycoon and direct descendent of Ebenezer, is tested beyond her wildest dreams when fate forces her to visit Pickwick, Ohio, on Christmas Eve. There she meets Pip Nickleby who runs a refuge for the homeless and sick. Part love story, part ghost story, Little Miss Scrooge attests to Dickens’ passionate belief in social reform and the overwhelming power of human kindness and generosity. $35-$49; Opening Night Gala, $150. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura.
667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. The two-day celebration features a Parade of Lights Carnival on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus for last-minutes gift requests at the Carousel Stage and delicious harbor-front dining. A fireworks display lights up the night following the Parade of Lights each evening with Santa and his sleigh crossing the sky on Saturday evening, courtesy of Aspen Helicopters. Parade of Lights public cruises offered by Ventura Boat Rentals and Islands Packers. Visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com or call 477-0470   

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