Theater Listings: April 20 to 26, 2016

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The Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea will continue its run of the musical ‘Cats’ April 23 and 24. Pictured are: first row on floor, Hope Kamin, Michala Dennis, Olivia Dobbs. Second row on floor, Emily O’Boyle, Sarah Neel, Rya Meeker, Emily Rowe. Standing on right, Sherry Klaproth, Jade Casella, Amanda Hunisch. Standing on left, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Anthony Frallicciardi, Wendi Newell. On platforms: Isabella Mehm, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Brooke Taylor, Kegan Lance, Joey Morales, Walker Cherry.

THIS WEEK: April 20 to 26, 2016

Live from the Met: Roberto Devereux, Donizetti’s opera about Queen Elizabeth I who was forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, captured live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 6:30 p.m. April 20. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

The Secret in the Wings, Mary Zimmerman’s play transporting viewers into the murky underbelly of human impulses, through lands of ogres and princes and into a charming conclusion in the world of classic fairy tales. George P. Maffei II Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 21 to 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 23. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

The Big Meal, a big-hearted play that follows five generations of a modern family from first kiss to final goodbye. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. 8 p.m. April 21 to 23; 2 p.m. April 24. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Young Frankenstein, the stage adaptation of the Mel Brooks’ musical comedy. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 22 and 23; 3 p.m. April 24. 570-283-1875.

The Bristol, a historical comedy-drama based on true events that occurred in the Providence section of Scranton and the effect of the Providence Divorce Bill of 1877 on residents of the time. Presented by Diva Productions at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 22 and 23 ; 2 p.m. April 24. $12, $10 students and seniors. Reservations: 570-209-7766.

Children of Eden, a biblical musical telling the story of the Creation and Noah’s Ark. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Through May 1 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Cats, the long-running Broadway musical based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of poem “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” Presented by Phoenix Theatrics at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. 8 p.m. April 22 and 23; 2 p.m. April 24. $12. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

Snow White, the non-traditional ballet performed by the Joan Harris Dancers. Dallas Performing Arts Center, 2030 Conyngham Ave., Dallas. 1 and 5 p.m. April 23; 2 p.m. April 24. $15 advance; $17 at the door. 570-287-7977.

Koresh Dance Company, with guest performers from local and regional dance studios. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 9 p.m. April 23. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409.

The Magic of Theatre: Another Tempest, The Bard Meets the Beatles Again, a staged reading of playwright Robert Andrew Anderson’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s last play “The Tempest,” with the Bard and the Fab Four coming together for a “Magical Mystery Tour.” With players Erika Funke, Wendy Weir Henry, Ron Kross, Anne Rodella and theremin musician Jason Smeltzer. A Sunday at the Circle event at the Wyoming Valley Art League, Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 4 to 6 p.m. April 24. $10 includes food and beverages. 570-288-1020.

FUTURE

Annie Jr., the musical about the little orphan, full of pluck and positivity, determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. Performed by members of the Spring Youth Workshop of the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts. J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. April 28 to 30; 3 p.m. May 1. $10, $5 children. 570-454-5451.

Arsenic and Old Lace, a comedy dealing with the hilarious members of the unusual — and homicidal — Brewster family. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. April 29 and 30; 2 p.m. May 1. $10. 570-996-1500.

Riverdance, the 20th-anniversary tour of the show that propelled Irish dancing and music into popular culture. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 29; 2 and 8 p.m. April 30; 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 1. 570-342-7784.

The Importance of Being Earnest, a witty comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde, subtitled “a trivial comedy for serious people.” Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. April 29 to May 8 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

Live from the Met: Elektra, Richard Strauss’ opera about a woman’s primal quest for vengeance, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. April 30 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. May 4. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

An Evening of One-Act Plays, directed, produced and performed by King’s College students. George P. Maffei II Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 4 to 6. $1. 570-208-5825.

To Kill a Mockingbird, the American masterpiece by Harper Lee about the power of childhood innocence, morality and love. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. May 13 to 22 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Wyoming Seminary Dance Company, performing a variety of dances created by student and faculty choreographers. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 8 p.m. May 13 and 14. Free. 570-270-2192.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon’s comedy about a married man concerned that the sexual revolution of the 1960s is passing him by. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. May 20 to 29 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-454-5451.

42nd Street, the quintessential Broadway musical comedy about a starry-eyed dancer who leaves her Allentown home to become a Broadway star. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 20; 2 and 8 p.m. May 21; 1 p.m. May 22. 570-342-7784.

Mr. Lincoln, a one-man performance by Tom Byrn as Abraham Lincoln, whose life flashes before him after he is shot by John Wilkes Booth. Presented by the East Lynne Theater Company at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 221 Center St., Bloomsburg. 7:30 p.m. May 26 to 28; 3 p.m. May 29. 570-784-8181.

The Little Mermaid, Disney’s fishy musical fable based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about the mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a human and longs to leave the sea to pursue him. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. 8 p.m. June 10-11; July 1 and 8; 2 and 8 p.m. June 18, 25; July 2 and 9; 3 p.m. June 12, 19 and 26; July 3 and 10. $20. 570-868-8212.

Assassins, the Stephen Sondheim musical that explores the dark side of history’s Presidential assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. June 17 to 26 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-454-5451.

Funny Girl, the musical portrayal of famed actress and comedian Fanny Brice. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. July 29 to Aug. 14 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, the country superstar’s musical about three female co-workers pushed to the boiling point by their sexist, egotistical bigot of a boss. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 2 to 25 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Heathers: The Musical, the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Oct. 14 to 23 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Mature content. 570-454-5451.

Bonnie and Clyde, the story of the famed Depression-era bank robbers set to music by “Jekyll and Hyde” composer Frank Weildhorn. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Oct. 14 to 30 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

Arsenic and Old Lace, the mystery-comedy about two elderly sisters who are devoted to charity and family — but have a habit of befriending lonely men and poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Nov. 11 to 20 with performances 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. 570-868-8212.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theater Bus Trip to the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Samson.” June 8 with a departure time at 7:45 a.m. from the Pittston Plaza. $103 includes transportation, show, meal, tip and a smorgasbord lunch at Shady Maple Farm Market. Reservations: 570-654-9710.

Theater Bus Trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for a performance of the “Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade Show.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on June 18 with a 9:45 a.m. departure from the Pittston Plaza. $108 includes transportation, show ticket, tips and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations (by April 23): 570-603-1915.

The Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea will continue its run of the musical ‘Cats’ April 23 and 24. Pictured are: first row on floor, Hope Kamin, Michala Dennis, Olivia Dobbs. Second row on floor, Emily O’Boyle, Sarah Neel, Rya Meeker, Emily Rowe. Standing on right, Sherry Klaproth, Jade Casella, Amanda Hunisch. Standing on left, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Anthony Frallicciardi, Wendi Newell. On platforms: Isabella Mehm, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Brooke Taylor, Kegan Lance, Joey Morales, Walker Cherry.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.22-stage-phoenix-Cats-2.jpgThe Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea will continue its run of the musical ‘Cats’ April 23 and 24. Pictured are: first row on floor, Hope Kamin, Michala Dennis, Olivia Dobbs. Second row on floor, Emily O’Boyle, Sarah Neel, Rya Meeker, Emily Rowe. Standing on right, Sherry Klaproth, Jade Casella, Amanda Hunisch. Standing on left, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Anthony Frallicciardi, Wendi Newell. On platforms: Isabella Mehm, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Brooke Taylor, Kegan Lance, Joey Morales, Walker Cherry.
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