Encore Stage & Studio's Season


Enchanted Bookshop Christmas

November 19-21 & December  3-5, 2021

It’s four days before Christmas and Miss Margie, the scatterbrained owner of the shop, is thrilled to have two very special guests — her serious-minded sister Ellen and book-loving niece Annabelle. Ellen was recently laid off from her position as an astronomy professor, and she’s certain she’ll never find a job again. Her luck changes, however, when high-tech billionaire Philip Brantley stops in at the shop and Margie convinces him to hire Ellen for his new space project.

With Ellen out shopping, Margie has a brainstorm to wrap the bookmark that Philip wrote his phone number on and give it to Ellen as a Christmas present. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Ha!

When the present disappears, it’s up to our come-to-life book characters to solve the mystery of the missing bookmark and save the day for Ellen — all without giving away their magical existence. It’s a hilarious, heartwarming tale that reminds us that the best gifts don’t come wrapped in pretty paper and bows.

Location: Gunston Arts Center Theatre ( 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206)

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Ticket Pricing

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $12 for Children, Students, Military & Seniors (includes service fees).

Encore Stage & Studio Audience Covid-19 procedures:

We follow all Arlington County and Arlington Public Schools Covid-19 procedures. Masks are required for everyone in our audience, except for children under the age of 2. Encore staff and students are also required to wear masks at the theatre.


Concessions will be available by pre-order and we ask that patrons eat and drink outdoors near the theatre entrance as weather allows.

Electronic playbills will be accessed through a QR code provided at the theatre entrance.


Please remember that if you or anyone in your family is ill, do not come to the theatre. Your health and safety, and that of our other patrons, our students and our staff is our highest priority. If you must miss your scheduled performance for health reasons, please contact our box office and we will assist you with an exchange.


Door handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized frequently with an EPA approved disinfectant. Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use throughout the lobby.

Enchanted Bookshop Christmas and Cinderella will be held at Gunston Arts Center Theatre One.

Concessions will be available through pre-order. Options include:

Pick-up for concessions will be available during intermission. 

-(Ebenezer) Scrooge's Snacks (1 water bottle, 1 bag of chips and 1 bag of fruit snacks) $5

-Pollyanna's Pickings (1 water bottle, 1 bag of chips, and 1 bag of M&M's) $5

-Book Fairy's Magic (1 Starbucks frappuccino, 1 bag of M&M's and 1 bag of fruit snacks.) $5 

No refunds or exchanges.
Show dates, artists, days / times, and all other production details are subject to change without notice. All patrons must have a ticket.

To contact the box office, e-mail boxoffice@encorestage.org or call (703) 548-1154.

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