THIS WEEK: April 20 through 26
Little Shop of Horrors, the dark comedy about a mild-mannered flower shop assistant, Seymour, who encounters a flesh-eating plant named. Performances take place on April 20 through 22 with show times at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. $22 for adults; $15 for children 12 and younger. Reservations can be made with a credit card by calling 570-220-6790 or 570—815-9184. Walk-ins welcome as space provides.
Lucky Stiff, the last show on the Act Out performance space at 408 North Main St, Taylor, 8 p.m. April 20-21 and 3 p.m. April 22. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Tickets may be purchased at [email protected] or at the door. The next show, “Heathers,” will open in May at Act Out’s new location, 150 East Grove St. in Dunmore.
Beauty and the Beast, presented by The Scranton Cultural Center’s Youth Theatre Program, with 60 area youngsters, 7 p.m. April 20, 11 a.m. April 21 and 2 p.m. April 22, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre, Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Tickets, $5. Info, 570-344-1111.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, presented by The University of Scranton Players, April 20-22 and 27-29 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Royal Theatre of the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Info, 570-941-4318 or thescrantonplayers.com. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students, and University of Scranton faculty and staff. Second weekend is free for first-year students.
The Wizard of Oz, presented by MMI Prepper Playhouse, 7 p.m. April 20-21 at the MMI Athletic and Drama Complex, Freeland. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students; reserved seating is available for $12. Info, 570-636-1108 or [email protected]
Time Stands Still, the Tony Award-nominated play is the story of Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, trying to find happiness after returning home physically bruised and emotionally beaten from covering the atrocities within the Iraq War. Presented by the King’s Theatre Department at 7:30 p.m. Through April 21 in the George P. Maffei Theatre, in the King’s College Administration Building on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre. $12 general admission; $7 for senior citizens; $5 for King’s alumni and non-King’s students. Tickets: 570-208-5825
American Idiot, tells the tale of three friends who struggle through choices with alcoholism, drug use, unwanted pregnancies — tough life choices for young men and women — accompanied by Green Day’s critically acclaimed rock opera of the same name. Through April 22 at Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre with show times at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit LTWB.org.
Auntie Mame, the Broadway comedy which led the way to America’s most popular musical, is directed by Ted LoRusso. April 20 through 22, and 26 through 29 with shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Providence Playhouse, 1956 Providence Road, Scranton. Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. On April 19, $8 for general and seniors, $6 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email [email protected]
Aladdin, the Disney stage show, 6 p.m. April 21 and 3 p.m. April 22, with Aleah Ashton as Jasmine and Courtney Richards as Aladdin. Lake-Lehman High School, Lehman Township, reserved seating, $10 and $8. Tickets, call 570-466-5941.
Corciev, The Grieving Wood, presented by the Joan Harris Dancers, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 21 and 2 p.m. April 22 at the Dallas Performing Arts Center, 2030 Conyngham Ave, Dallas Pa. Corciev is an original ballet from the libretto by Dr. Kenton Harris and directed by Elisabeth and Jennifer Harris. The work’s musical score includes both classical works by Mozart, and Listz with symphonic treatments to songs by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and as always, children 5 and under are free. For more information, call 287-7977 or 718-0673.
The Little Mermaid, presented by Wyoming Area Drama Club, Thespian Troupe #4795, 7 p.m. April 27 and April 28 and 2 p.m. April 29 at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 252 Memorial St., Exeter. Tickets are on sale 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 to April 26 in the Secondary Center Lobby and also at the door. $10.
Jewels, Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s 60th anniversary production, 7:30 p.m. April 28 at The Theatre at North. Under the artistic direction of Joanne Arduino, excerpts from ballets performed in the company’s history will include Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Phantom of the Opera, Moulin Rouge, Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dracula. Guest professional alumni will join the Ballet Theatre senior company dancers. Tickets are available beginning April 9 online at tututix.com . For information, call Ballet Theatre at 570-347-2867. www.balletscranton.org
The Producers, a Mel Brooks musical based on his 1967 film, will be presented by the Music Box Players on April 28 and 29, May 4 through 6 and 11 through 13 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Fridays and Saturdays: bar opens at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. Sundays: bar opens at 1 p.m., buffet at 1:30 p.m., curtain at 3 p.m. Adult dinner and show: $35, children 12 and under: $25. Adult show-only: $18, children, students, members of the military: $14. A special Mother’s Day Gala performance will be held to honor and entertain all mothers: Sunday, May 13. Dinner at 1:30 p.m. A choice of either prime rib of beef or jumbo shrimp stuffed with crabmeat will be offered. The dinner and show: $50 per person.
The Nuremberg Community Players will hold auditions for their summer Children’s Theater Performance of the musical “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Auditions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 at 2 p.m., at the Nuremberg Community Theater, located at 283 Hazle St, Nuremberg. Young people ages 8 to 17 are invited. Those auditioning should be prepared to recite from memory a short poem, nursery rhyme, or prose for the audition. Auditioners should also come prepared with a song that they may sing a cappella or to music that they bring on a CD or on a phone, etc. Rehearsals will take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon until May 12, when more days will be added to the rehearsal schedule. The show dates are June 21, 22 and 23. Contact Suzanne Croll, the director, at 570-384-4608 or at [email protected] with any questions.