Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks: “Jack and the Beanstalk” pantomime, Foss Waterway boat parade, Tacoma Youth Theater’s “Christmas Pageant” and Tacoma Symphony’s “Messiah”

Pantomime meets fairy tale at Centerstage

See Jack climb! See Jack sing! See Jack and his pals evade zombie pilots and giant puppets while cracking hilarious jokes and making you laugh more than ever in Centerstage Theatre’s annual pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” closing this weekend. 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19), 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $30 adults/$25 senior, student, military/$10 ages 18 and under. 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444,

Foss Waterway lighted boat parade

See the lighted holiday boat parade Saturday on the Thea Foss Waterway from the comfort of the heated esplanade outside the Foss Waterway Seaport. Cocoa and cookies will be served inside the museum. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 705 Dock St., Tacoma. 253-272-2750,

Tacoma Youth Theater’s ‘Christmas Pageant

Tacoma Youth Theater takes on “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” where the pageant director at the Bradleys’ church breaks her leg and the horrible Herdman children take over. Stars founding directors Scott Campbell and Maggie Knott as Mr. And Mrs. Bradley; runs just under one hour. 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19) and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20 adults/$5 children. Tacoma Youth Theater, 924B Broadway, Tacoma. 253-677-0531,,

Tacoma Symphony does ‘Messiah’

Hear the Tacoma Symphony and Chorus, under the direction of new conductor Sarah Ioannides, as they play Handel’s beloved oratorio “Messiah,” done in period style with favorites such as “How Beautiful are the Feet” and the “Hallelujah” chorus. 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19), St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma. $24/$45. 253-272-7264,