The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. You may even feel a chill in the Lake Houston air, so here are six performances guaranteed to warm you up.
It’s the December-January lineup – “Winter at The Bender.”

“Shrek The Musical”
Oct. 27 (7 p.m.), Oct. 28 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), Oct. 29 (2 p.m.), Nov. 3 (7 p.m.), Nov. 4 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and Nov. 5 (2 p.m.).
Join our unlikely hero, Shrek, and Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful but temperamental Princess Fiona in this all-singing, all-dancing hilarious and spectacular production. $15 ($18 at the door).

“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”
Dec. 2, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
A beautiful ballet interpretation by members of Profusion Performing Arts of the popular and inspiring story by C.S. Lewis. Four English youngsters are sent to a country house for safekeeping while the Nazis bomb London during World War II. One of the children finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. $15

“Polar Express Experience: Sounds of the Season 2017”
Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.
The perfect way to start off the holiday season is by reliving this popular holiday tale of adventure, friendship and bravery and reminding us to “believe.” It features young performers and special featured guest artists, dancers and singers, all using their talents to encourage and uplift Lake Houston to remain strong and look to love and family as they rebuild during this holiday season. A portion of ticket sales will go to rebuilding music/theater arts rooms for local schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey. $15

City of Humble Christmas Concert featuring the Houston Show Choir
Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Houston Show Choir’s 2017 holiday show, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” compliments of the City of Humble. Formerly known as the Houston Choral Showcase, the Houston Show Choir is a group of talented, enthusiastic, dedicated Houston-area singers, the same choir that was selected to sing with Barry Manilow for his “One Last Time” tour in 2016. This concert features Vocal Impact, the Choir’s mixed voice ensemble. Free but you must RSVP.

Rob Landes
January 13, 7 p.m.
Rob Landes is an innovative, award-winning violinist – he gave his first solo at age 10 – who has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, with the Disney Channel Symphony Orchestra and toured the USA performing, all while he was still a teenager. Now this Rice University graduate with a master’s in music performance brings his intricate, stunning and very innovative “fiddle” playing to The Bender where he’ll entertain with all kinds of popular and classical music. He’s opened for T Pain, Rachel Platten, New York Fashion Week and the Sundance Film Festival. He’s bringing his “loop pedal” violin to The Bender where he’ll perform music familiar to every generation. $15

Night at the Ballet featuring the Vitacca Dance Project
January 27, 7 p.m.
A talented group of young people from the Vitacca Vocational School for Dance will perform both classical and contemporary dances and will premier three new dances, never before performed, and choreographed by Jim Noakowski, Andrea Shelly and Elijah Gibson. The young performers, ages 9 to 18, are selected to attend the Vitacca Vocational School for Dance, a school for gifted dancers. Under the direction of Artistic Director Kelly Ann Vitacca and Ballet Master Phillip Broomhead, these young people have the opportunity to train under a world-class faculty, notable local artists and renowned national artists.$15

The Charles Bender Performing Arts Center is located at 611 Higgins near downtown Humble.
For tickets or for more information about coming events at The Bender, call 281-446-4140, go online at humblepac.com, or find Charles Bender Performing Arts Center on Facebook.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.