Theater Listings: Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2016

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Donna Vojtek and April Holgate star in the comedy ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol,’ an Actors Circle production running through Dec. 11 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
Jim Botsko will appear in ‘The Miracle of Bethlehem’ Dec. 2 to 4 at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina in Nanticoke.
Daniel Getz plays Ralphie in the musical ‘A Christmas Story,’ through Dec. 18 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
Guest actor David Menich and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Eric Wunsch clown around in ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)’ playing through Dec. 23 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.
Bob Rush Photography

THIS WEEK: Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2016

Broadway Christmas Wonderland, a holiday show with traditional songs, high-kicking chorus girls and Santa and his merry elves. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. $60, $40. 570-344-1111.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), a high-speed, hysterical attempt to tell all your favorite Christmas stories in under 90 minutes by three under-prepared actors. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through Dec. 23 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

A Christmas Story, a musical version of the film about Ralphie and his Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through Dec. 18 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before show time. $35, $30 with dinner; $18, $14 show only. 570-283-2195.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ a comedy about the ladies’ holiday production — which doesn’t always go smoothly. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through Dec. 11 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Discounted shows on Dec. 1. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming story of Everyman George Bailey who is saved from despair by his guardian angel on Christmas Eve. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Dec. 2 to 11 with performances 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16 show only; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 570-454-5451.

I’m Not Ebenezer Scrooge! A spoof of the classic Christmas story by Tim Kochenderfer in which a modern-day penny-pincher is haunted by ghosts who mistake him for Scrooge. Performed by the Nuremberg Community Players at the theater at 283 Hazle St., Nuremberg. 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3; 3 p.m. Dec. 4. $10. Reservations: 877-718-7894.

The Miracle of Bethlehem, a 50-minute play about the birth of Jesus with live animals from Endless Dreams Animals. Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3 and 4. Free but donations appreciated. Food and hot chocolate available. 570-735-0552.

Golden Days of Radio, a holiday performance of old-time radio plays with live sound effects and music. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 570-996-1500.

FUTURE

Music, Dance and Theater Show, with performances of “A Christmas Carol” and “Making Christmas Happen” by students of the Performing Arts Training Academy and the Misericordia Players. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $5. 570-674-6207.

War Horse, a filmed performance of the National Theatre’s production of the smash hit using exquisite life-size puppetry to bring breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. The story centers around a horse sold to the army for service in World War I and the attempts of his young owner to bring him back home safely. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $14, $12 seniors, $10 children. 570-996-1500.

Star of Wonder, a children’s musical presented by the Children’s Ministry at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Free with refreshments. 570-654-2500.

A Christmas Carol, performed by touring company the Nebraska Theatre Caravan who weave traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 14. $29.50, $25.50, $19.50. 570-826-1100.

Catch Me If You Can, a musical comedy about a precocious teenager who poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Jan. 6 to 15 with performances 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $16 show only; $32 with dinner. Reservations: 570-454-5451.

Mama Mia! The ultimate feel-good show and Broadway smash hit combining hits by Swedish group ABBA with a tale of love and friendship. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $69.50, $59.50, $49.50. 570-826-1100.

Fiddler on the Roof, the classic musical about dairyman Tevye who tries to protect his daughters and his way of life in a changing world. Performed by the Misfit Players at GAR High School Auditorium, 250 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Jan. 12 to 14; 2 p.m. Jan. 15. $10. 570-406-3976.

Jersey Boys, the story of the four guys from New Jersey who formed the iconic group The Four Seasons. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 to 19; 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. 570-342-7784.

Gunpowder Joe: Joseph Priestley, Pennsylvania and the American Experiment, a world premiere about the innovative scientist, religious dissenter and local legend with live music and exciting scientific demonstrations. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Jan. 19 to Feb. 5 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

The Pallbearers, a darkly comic take on social growth and decay from playwright B. Garret Rogan. Gaslight Theatre, 200 Heinz Drive, Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 19 to 29 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $15; $12 seniors and students. 570-266-8565 or gaslight-theatre.org.

Broadway Rocks! A Broadway and rock musical revue performed by ages 7 to 17. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21; 2 p.m. Jan. 22. $12, $10. 570-283-2195.

Elvis Lives, a multimedia journey through the life of Elvis Presley with finalists from the worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each portraying Elvis during different stages of his career. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. 570-826-1100.

I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Own Words and Song, a Black History Month program performed by baritone Anthony Brown. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Feb. 11. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play, a fantasy about the magical Prospero who is exiled on an island with his young daughter when a shipwreck occurs spewing the traitorous king and his sordid entourage onto the island. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18; 2 p.m. Feb. 19. $12; $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African-style Cirque du Soleil. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy about a modern man in the hip sixties looking for something new and different. Performed by Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $28, $28, $18. 570-826-1100.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, an updated version of the playful musical about the Peanuts comic-strip characters of Charles Schulz. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 17 to 26 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. No performance on Feb. 19. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

Oklahoma! The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which opened the Music Box Dinner Playhouse 35 years ago. 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Feb. 18 to March 5 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $35, $30 with dinner; $18, $14 show only. 570-283-2195.

The Peking Acrobats, the premier Chinese company performing daring maneuvers, trickcycling, precision tumbling, juggling and balancing. Presented by the Greater Hazleton Concert Series at Hazleton Area High School, 1601 W. 23rd St. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. 570-788-4864.

Annie, a brand-new incarnation of the iconic Tony-winning original about the optimistic orphan. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. $65, $55, $45. 570-826-1100.

Miss Julie, August Strindberg’s provocative work about a nobleman’s valet and his pampered daughter which illustrates the overturning of one social order in favor of another. Royal Theater, McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. Feb. 24 to March 5 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

In the Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical about the inhabitants of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights. Performed by the Coughlin/GAR Players at GAR High School, 250 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 2 to 4; 2 p.m. March 5. $10. 570-406-3976.

STOMP, the explosive, inventive percussion group that uses a variety of everyday objects as instruments. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 16. $55, $45, $35. 570-826-1100.

The Foreigner, a comedy about a Brit newly arrived in Georgia who gets tangled up in a silly endeavor to save an inn from some dangerous locals. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. March 16 to April 9 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical adventures of the fairy tale woman-turned-princess. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. March 17; 2 and 8 p.m. March 18; 1 p.m. March 19. 570-342-7784.

42nd Street, the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic with memorable songs including “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re in the Money.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. March 29. $65, $55, $45. 570-826-1100.

Doubt: A Parable, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about Sister Aloysius who has suspicions involving a young, progressive priest at her school. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. March 30 to April 8 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12; $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, burlesque and side shows. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 1. $20 advance; $25 day of show. 570-826-1100.

We Shot JFK, a multimedia presentation on the events of Nov. 22, 1963. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 6 to 8; 2 p.m. April 9. $10, $5 students and seniors. 570-408-4540.

Jessica Lang Dance, performing her new work “Thousand Yard Stare,” a piece designed to honor wounded veterans and those affected by war, set to music by Beethoven. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. 7:30 p.m. April 14. $30, $15 children. 570-389-4409 or cas.buzz.

Artrageous, a creative celebration of art, music and bubblewrap with dancers, music and images from Lennon to Elvis to Hendrix. Presented by the Greater Hazleton Concert Series at Hazleton Area High School, 1601 W. 23rd St. 7:30 p.m. April 19. 570-788-4864.

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric, Anne Washburn’s dark comedy about a group of survivors of a global catastrophe who constantly recall an episode of “The Simpsons.” Royal Theater, McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. April 21 to 30 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 570-941-4318.

The Illusionists — Live from Broadway, stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind reading, disappearance, a water torture escape and more. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. April 22. 570-342-7784.

The Nether, a sci-fi thriller about a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion and the young detective who discovers a disturbing brand of entertainment connected to it. Presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. April 27 to May 21 with performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! Rhythmic Circus, the homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis with their trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 30. $35, 25. 570-826-1100.

Pippin, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the young prince searching for meaning in his life during the Middle Ages. Presented by Broadway in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. May 5; 2 and 8 p.m. May 6; 1 p.m. May 7. 570-342-7784.

Next Fall, a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love by Geoffrey Nauffts. Gaslight Theatre, 200 East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre Township. May 18 to 27 with performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $15; $12 seniors and students. 570-266-8565 or gaslight-theatre.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for the March/April production of “Bugsy Malone” for ages 4 to 13 and the May production of “We Will Rock You” for ages 14 to young adult. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409-411 Main St., Duryea. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3; 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. Also: signups for the Open Stage Cabaret on Feb. 4. 570-991-1817.

Theater Bus Trip, to the Mount Hope Mansion & Winery in Manheim for the annual Christmas Show. Sponsored by the Marywood Life Long Learners on Dec. 10. $99 includes lunch, wine tasting, show and a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Leaves from Marywood University in Scranton at 8 a.m. and from the Pittston Park and Ride at 8:15 a.m. Reservations: 570-383-0544.

Auditions for the January production of the musical revue “Broadway Rocks!” performed by ages 7 to 17. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. 570-283-2195.

Auditions for the February/March production of the classic musical “Oklahoma!” Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9. 570-283-2195.

Auditions for the classic comedy “George Washington Slept Here,” to be presented April 28 to 30 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. By appointment 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. Needed: eight women and nine men, ages 20 to 70. 570-466-9407.

Donna Vojtek and April Holgate star in the comedy ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol,’ an Actors Circle production running through Dec. 11 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_12.2-stage-Farndale-Donna-and-April.jpgDonna Vojtek and April Holgate star in the comedy ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol,’ an Actors Circle production running through Dec. 11 at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton.

Jim Botsko will appear in ‘The Miracle of Bethlehem’ Dec. 2 to 4 at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina in Nanticoke.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_12.2-stage-Jim-Botsko-Miracle-of-Beth.jpgJim Botsko will appear in ‘The Miracle of Bethlehem’ Dec. 2 to 4 at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina in Nanticoke.

Daniel Getz plays Ralphie in the musical ‘A Christmas Story,’ through Dec. 18 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_12.2-stage-Music-Box-David-Getz.jpgDaniel Getz plays Ralphie in the musical ‘A Christmas Story,’ through Dec. 18 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.

Guest actor David Menich and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Eric Wunsch clown around in ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)’ playing through Dec. 23 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_12.2-stage-Xmas-BTE-2.jpgGuest actor David Menich and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Eric Wunsch clown around in ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)’ playing through Dec. 23 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg. Bob Rush Photography
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