THIS WEEK: Aug. 3 to 9, 2016
Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium, the annual summer family production about a nine-year-old girl who attempts to have the greatest birthday party ever to save Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium from turning into a health shake bar. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. 1 p.m. Aug. 3. $5 to $14. 570-784-8181.
Funny Girl, the musical portrayal of famed actress and comedian Fanny Brice. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Through Aug. 14 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Additional matinee 3 p.m. Aug. 13. $20. 570-868-8212. Pre-show dinner available 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at $15. Call 570-868-3582 for dinner reservations.
Chicago, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about love, murder and fame, performed by students of the summer Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. $20, $12 students and seniors. 570-270-2192.
John Mitchell: An American Hero, a dramatic reading by actor Robert Thomas Hughes, detailing the life of the legendary United Mine Workers president. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $5. 570-963-4804.
Nunsense, the award-winning off-Broadway comedy. Presented by Our Cabaret Productions as a benefit for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Aug. 20; 2 p.m. Aug. 21. $20. 800-838-3006.
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.
Auditions for male dancers, age 18 and older, for the September production of “La Cage aux Folles” at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Call 570-283-2195 to schedule an appointment.
Auditions for Marywood University’s October production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Black Box Theatre, Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27. Open to the public. 570-961-4517.
Theater Bus Trip, to New York City for a matinee of the musical “An American in Paris.” Sponsored by the Women’s Society of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Plains on Sept. 14 with an 8 a.m. departure from Plains and 7 p.m. departure from New York. $130 includes transportation and orchestra seating. Reservations: 570-235-0777.
Theater Bus Trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for a performance of the “Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade Show.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on Sept. 17 with a 9:45 a.m. departure from the Pittston Plaza. $108 includes transportation, show ticket, tips and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations: 570-603-1915.
Theater Bus Trip to the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey, to see the comedy “Squabbles.” Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary on Sept. 27. $85 includes show, lunch and transportation. Reservations: 570-822-4976.
Theater Bus Trip to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster for a performance of “Samson.” Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on Nov. 1 with a 11 a.m. departure from the Pittston Plaza. $118 includes transportation, show ticket, tips and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Reservations: 570-603-1915.
Andrew DiRienzo, Jorge Gonzalez, Zach Schultz, and Irene Combs-Cannaday star in ‘Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium,’ playing through Aug. 3 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.