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Father Jerry Gurka, left, and Daniel Flannery who portrays Matthew in Father Gurka's "The Despicable Disciple" run through rehearsal with other cast members at St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville on March 16. (PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER)
Father Jerry Gurka, left, and Daniel Flannery who portrays Matthew in Father Gurka's "The Despicable Disciple" run through rehearsal with other cast members at St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville on March 16. (PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER)
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THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013

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 tonight. 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 tonight. $58, $38, $29. 826-1100.


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. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.


The Music Man, the Broadway musical about con man Harold Hill invading River City, Iowa. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 823-1875.


Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical giving favorite fairy tales a new twist. Performed by the Limelight Players (ages 6 to 24) at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409-411 Main St., Duryea. 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Continues 7 p.m. April 5-6; 1 p.m. April 7. $12. 457-3589.


FUTURE

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns, free previews of the 2013 Theatre in the Classroom production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Noon March 30 at the Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St.; and 2 p.m. April 27 at Phillips Emporium, 10 E. Main St., Bloomsburg (during the Renaissance Jamboree). 784-8181.

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. 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.Gemini, a compassionate off-center comedy-drama celebrating the lives of two neighboring and barely functional families living in the Italian ghetto of South Philadelphia. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 11 to 13; 2 p.m. April 14. $15, $5 seniors and students. 408-4540.


A Spotlight on the Jason Miller Playwrights Project, with presentations of two plays: Jason Miller’s “Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer” and K.K. Gordon’s “Taking Liberties with Peter Rosig.” Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., North Scranton. 8:15 p.m. April 12-13, 16-18 and 23-25. $12.50. Reservations: 344-3656.


Gala Performance, by six high school musical theater performers competing for three scholarships to attend this year’s Performing Arts Institute summer program. Amato Auditorium, Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 p.m. April 14. $40 (includes pre-performance reception), $15, $10 students and seniors. 270-2186.


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. 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.

The Tempest, Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magician and his daughter dealing with shipwrecked nobles and their plots to assume power. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 8 p.m. April 26-27. $4 advance; $5 at the door. 270-2192.


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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Theater Bus Trip to the Hunterdon Playhouse in Hampton, N.J., for a performance of “Wake Up, Darling” on May 23. Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary. $85 includes transportation, lunch and show. Reservations: 824-6418 or 822-4976.


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.


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