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A Flurry of Winter Themed Theatre

This week's offerings of live theater have a decidedly winter theme, as fish take to skating rinks; a snow queen appears; and a timeless Christmas classic takes to the stage. And, everyone's favorite redhead is back singing about sunshine.

Here's just a sampling of the reasons to brave a Capital District December this weekend.

Frozen fish?

Characters from the popular Diseny/Pixar film Finding Nemo are finding a different medium, as they take to the ice at Albany's Times Union Center from Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 12 to 16. This is Feld Entertainment's 25th Disney On Ice production, and clownfish Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and their absent-minded yet lovable pal Dory will be visually immersed under the water. There will also be the "super-dude" turtles Crush and Squirt; the vegetarian sharks Bruce, Chum and Anchor; and the eclectic Tank Gang from the dentist's aquarium.

Colorful scenic elements and creative lighting effects will give the illusion of depth as well as the perspective of a vibrant and expansive ocean.

Skating numbers range from a classical jellyfish ballet to a precision skating school of moonfish, all in colorful costumes.

Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m; Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12, $19, $35 for VIP seating and $50 for rinkside and are available at the Times Union Center box office, select Price Chopper Outlets and 1-800-30-EVENT, or log onto www.timesunion.com to buy tickets.

The Times Union Center is located at 51 South Pearl St. in Albany.

The Snow Queen

For the second weekend in a row, young Gerta will try to rescue her friend from the evil snow queen in Homemade Theater's rendition of "The Snow Queen." It's a theater for families production, offering up a magical adventure through forests, castles and dungeons.

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