Acadiana 365’s Weekend Picks

This weekend's happenings include the 25th Anniversary show of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, and holiday performances of The Nutcracker and Letters to Santa.

For more information on these events and many more happening around Acadiana this weekend, visit Acadiana365.com.

Wanderlust Theatre presents 'Becky Shaw'

A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends. But when the evening takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe our families, the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

Performances for Becky Shaw are Dec. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m., at Theatre 810, located at 810 Jefferson St., in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $10. For ticket reservations, call (337) 484-0172 or purchase online at WanderlustBecky.Eventbrite.com.

Letters to Santa

The Historic Delta Grand Theatre is proud to present a very special holiday theatre event: Letters to Santa, a play for young actors. In a series of monologues and short scenes, Letters to Santa introduces the audience to a host of children, each wanting something different from jolly old Saint Nick. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, Letters to Santa is the perfect holiday play for the entire family. And after the performance, cast members will help audience members write their own letters to Santa, and the helpful elves at the Delta Grand will make sure they get to the North Pole.

Letters to Santa runs Dec. 13-14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Delta Grand Theatre, located at 120 S. Market St., in Opelousas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 337-407-1806 or visit online at www.deltagrandtheatre.com.

LA Crossroads: 25 Years of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Dont miss this once-in-a-lifetime show and join Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys in celebrating their 25th Anniversary. With 13 albums and four Grammy nominations, the Playboys can look back onto a celebrated run. What better venue for such a special occasion than AcAs James D. Moncus Theater. To help with the festivities, Grammy winner Riley invited an All-Star cast to join him on stage, including Sonny Landreth, David Greely, Christine Balfa, Peter Schwartz, Roddie Romero, Eric Adcock, Kelly Savoy, Emma Young and many more.

25 Years of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys starts at 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermilion St., in downtown Lafayette. For ticket information, visit AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org.

The Nutcracker

Lafayette Ballet Theatre with Principal guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the entire dance community, presents the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Audiences will enjoy a full length classical ballet in two acts, based on the story of E.T.A. Hoffmann's "Nutcracker and the King of Mice" with the original music of Peter Tchaikovsky. A Nutcracker reception follows the Sunday matinee. Join the cast and international guest artists for dreamy desserts and hors d'oeuvres in the Heyman Convention Center.

The Nutcracker will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, located at 1373 S. College Road. For ticket information, visit HeymannCenter.com.