THIS WEEK: Aug. 2 to 8, 2013
Bye Bye Birdie, the musical comedy about an Elvis-like singer getting drafted into the Army. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Through Aug. 11: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 454-5451 or ptpashows.org.
Il Tabarro, Puccini’s one-act opera performed by New York City’s Bronx Opera. Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lane. 7:30 tonight. $35, $10 children. 616-0317 or buckhillskytopfest.org.
Les Miserables, the sung-through Broadway musical based on the historical novel by Victor Hugo. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinner served 90 minutes before curtain. $16; $34 with dinner. Reservations: 283-2195.
Cats, the popular Broadway musical based on a work by T.S. Eliot about the “nine lives” of a group of junkyard felines. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Through Aug. 11: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Also: Family Night special performance 8 p.m. on Thursday. Reservations: 868-8212.
Youth Theatre Project: Teens Teaching Teens, an evening of 10-minute plays that deal with bullying in an honest, touching and sometimes funny way. Sponsored by Scranton Public Theatre at the Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., Scranton. Through Aug. 10: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10. 344-3656.
Noh Training Project, the 19th annual Japanese theater form combining dance, chant, music and mask requiring intense inner concentration and physical discipline. Performed by students in the three-week summer intensive program offering by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 784-8181.
See the Music Dance Concert, with members of the New York City Ballet, choreographed by Justin Peck. Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenburg Ave., East Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $30, $10 children. 616-0317 or buckhillskytopfest.org.
Monty Python’s Spamalot, the musical based on the zany film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Aug. 9 to 25: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. 457-3589.
Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, a fully staged and costumed double bill of the comedy “Gianni Schicchi” and the gripping drama “Pagliacci.” Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenberg St., East Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16; 3 p.m. Aug. 18. $20; $15 students and seniors; $5 children. 328-5864 or griceartists.com.
The Blind Tiger, a re-creation of a 1920s speakeasy with authentic music and dance performances of the period along with a five-course 1920s meal. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76 S. Main St., Carbondale. 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Reservations: 282-7499.
The Mousetrap, the murder mystery by Agatha Christie. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 13 to 21: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Reservations: 868-8212.
The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s drama about a Jewish moneylender in Venice who demands “a pound of flesh” when the borrower cannot pay back the debt. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Opens Oct. 3 with a “pay what you wish” preview. Continues Oct. 4 to 20: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181.
The Hungry Hungry Games, a stage parody of “The Hunger Games,” the best-selling book and blockbuster film with spoofs of favorite scenes and characters. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Oct. 4. $30, $20. 826-1100.
Sweeney Todd, the Victorian musical thriller about “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 18 to Nov. 2: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Reservations: 868-8212.
National Pastime, a screwball comedy about a radio station that invents a fictional winning baseball team to improve ratings. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Oct. 25 to Nov. 10. 823-1875.
It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming holiday favorite about an angel who helps a businessman in despair. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Nov. 29 to Dec. 15: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special Family Night performance 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $20. Reservations: 868-8212.
Theater Bus Trip, to see “The Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster. Sponsored by the Women’s Group of the United Methodist Church in Pittston on Dec. 4 with departure from Pittston Plaza at 9:15 a.m. $102 includes transportation, show, dinner and tips. Reservations: 654-2310.