THIS WEEK: Aug. 9 to 15, 2013
The Legend of Zammo, a comedy about an aspiring actress who gets stuck in the middle of a series of misfortunate events ending up in prison. A Play Creation Boot Camp production performed by students of the two-week summer camp. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 6 tonight. Free. 441-7173 or bte.org.
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. 7 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $16; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 454-5451 or ptpashows.org.
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. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20. 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. 8 tonight and Saturday. $10. 344-3656.
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. Through Aug. 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.
A Very Special Christmas Special. It’s 1969 and Andy Billiams is hosting his annual Technicolor Christmas Spectacular live from the little town of Bloomsburg. Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in an evening of nostalgic sketches, songs, dances and “local commercials.” Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Nov. 29 to Dec. 28: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 784-8181 or bte.org.
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.