THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the Broadway musical about six unique students and some quirky judges preparing for a spelling bee. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 7 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $16, $14 seniors; $32, $28 seniors with dinner (served 90 minutes before showtime). 454-5451.
Flood Stories, Too, tales of the heartbreak and survival that came about after the 2011 flooding by Tropical Storm Lee. Written by Gerald Stropnicky and performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through March 17: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Donation. 784-8181.
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of young star-crossed lovers with a cast of performers age 12 to 21. Kiss Theatre Company, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at kisstheatre.org or 829-1901.
Seniors of the Sahara, a romantic comedy about a retired school teacher who returns from a trip to India with a geriatric genie named Eugene. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens Thursday and continues through March 24: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.
Francesca da Rimini, Zandonai’s compelling opera inspired by an episode from Dante’s Inferno with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani as the doomed lovers. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Noon on March 16. 825-4444 or 961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
The Music Man, the Broadway musical about con man Harold Hill invading River City, Iowa. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. March 16 to 24: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 823-1875.
The Despicable Disciple, a story of greed, malice, loss and redemption as seen through the life and writings of tax collector and evangelist Saint Matthew. Directed by the Rev. Gerald J. Gurka at St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 7:30 p.m. March 22. 779-9620.
Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Tony Award-winning comic operetta about young Frederick who is on his way to becoming a full-fledged pirate. Performed by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 22. $58, $38, $29. 826-1100.
Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan! The Tony Award-nominee takes flight in an all-new production of the classic children’s story. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 5; 2 and 8 p.m. April 6; 1 and 6 p.m. April 7. 342-7784.
Richard III, Shakespeare’s history play about politics, ambition, power and greed. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 15; 2 p.m. April 14. $12, $5 seniors and students. 208-5825.
Hair, the exuberant 1960s musical about young Americans searching for peace and love. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16. 342-7784.
Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a poor milkman trying to keep his family’s traditions alive in a small Russian village. Performed by a national touring company at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. April 17. $52, $27. 855-945-8743.
Auntie Mame, the musical comedy about the irrepressible eccentric Mame Dennis who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. April 24 to 27; 3 p.m. April 28. 996-1500.
Giulio Cesare, David McVicor’s lively production of the Handel opera starring countertenor David Daniels opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. April 27. 825-4444 or 961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
DreamGirls, the Broadway musical about the triumphs and tribulations of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. May 10; 2 and 8 p.m. May 11; 1 and 6 p.m. May 12. 342-7784.
The Temptation of the Muses, a dance and chamber-music performance by Asian-American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. May 11. $34.50, $19.50 children. 389-4409.
Cinderella, performed by Ballet Northeast. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 1; 2 p.m. June 2. 821-8525.
Writing a Better 10-Minute Play, a workshop with playwright Alicia Grega. Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $5-$10 donation. Reservations: 591-1378.
Play Submissions, short plays (5 to 15 minutes) using Nay Aug Park as inspiration will be accepted through May 15 for the September Dyonisia ’13, the third annual Jason Miller Playwrights Project Invitational. Information at 591-1378.
The Music Box Dinner Playhouse is seeking directors, choreographers and musical directors for 2013 shows including “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (April 12 to 28), “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (June 13 to 23), “Les Miserables” (July 19 to Aug. 4), “Nine to Five: The Musical” (Sept. 13 to 29) and “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 5 to 22). Send resume to 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, PA 18704. 283-2195.