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'Rudy and the Candy Cane Stocking'

Featuring 50 performers, dazzling dance numbers and a charming new story, Encore Theatrical Arts Project presents the holiday dance musical, "Rudy and the Candy Cane Stocking."

Performances are in the Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, on NOVA's Annandale campus. Tickets are $15, students and seniors; and $18, adults, at www.encore-tap.org.

Showtimes are: Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1, 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 and 4 p.m. And the Friday, Dec. 14, show will benefit Western Fairfax Christian Ministries' food pantry and outreach programs.

"It's set in a fantasy, North Pole town, Holiday Hill, and Rudy is someone who doesn't fit in," explained Director and Choreographer Raynor van der Merwe. "So a slick, suave Mr. Frost tells him, 'If you wear this candy-cane stocking, you'll be able to dance wonderfully and everybody will like you.' Rudy doesn't know, but suspects, there are strings attached."

It's Encore's 11th annual holiday spectacular and includes music from the Broadway shows, "Wicked," "Guys and Dolls" and "Chorus Line," as well as many Christmas classics. And despite Frost's efforts, Rudy finds his spirit from within to save Christmas.