Theater Listings: April 13 to 19, 2016

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Kirsten Derrick and Scott Colin star in the musical ‘The Full Monty,’ playing through April 17 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
King’s College will present the black fairy tale ‘The Secret in the Wings’ through April 23 at the George P. Maffei II Theater in Wilkes-Barre.
The long-running Broadway musical ‘Cats’ comes to the Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea April 15 to 24. The cast includes Amanda Hunisch, Brooke Taylor, Emily O’Boyle, Sherry Klaproth, Emily Rowe, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Walker Cherry, Anthony Frallicciardi, Rya Meeker, Isabella Mehm, Kegan Lance, Olivia Dobbs, Hope Kamin, Sarah Neel, Joey Morales, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Michala Dennis, Jade Casella, Abby Pecha and Wendi Newell.
Shaun Pierre plays Orsino and Micaela Oliverio is Viola in the Wilkes University production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ April 15 to 17 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre.

THIS WEEK: April 13 to 19, 2016

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. April 14 to 23 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; matinee performance 2 p.m. April 23. $12, $7 seniors, $5 students. 570-208-5825.

The Full Monty, the Tony Award-winning musical about Buffalo steelworkers coming to a bold and “unclothed” way of making some quick cash. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through April 17 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Special show-only on April 14. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. $35; $18 without dinner. Reservations: 570-283-2195.

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. April 14 to 24 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Twelfth Night (or What You Will), Shakespeare’s comedy involving mistaken identity, shipwrecks, love triangles, disguises and more. Presented by Wilkes University at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 100 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 14 to 16; 2 p.m. April 17. $10, $5 seniors and students. 570-408-4540.

Grease, the musical about young love at Rydell High School in the 1950s. Performed by the Liva Arts Company at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 14 and 15; 2 and 8 p.m. April 16. 570-941-7401.

Grease, the musical about young love at Rydell High School in the 1950s. Performed by the Wyoming Area Drama Club at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. 7 p.m. April 15 and 16; 2 p.m. April 17. $10 (available at the door). 570-466-9550.

Young Frankenstein, the stage adaptation of the Mel Brooks’ musical comedy. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. April 15 to 24 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. The April 15 show is buy one, get one free. 570-283-1875.

Children of Eden, a biblical musical telling the story of the Creation and Noah’s Ark. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. April 15 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. April 15 to 24 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. Reservations: 570-457-3589.

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, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. 12:55 p.m. April 16 at Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre and Cinemark, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Encore performance at Cinemark 6:30 p.m. April 20. $25, $22, $20, $17. 570-825-4444 or 800-326-3264.

Into the Woods, the Broadway musical about a baker and his wife on a journey into the forest to find the ingredients for a spell to lift a curse that prevents them from having children. Performed by students at Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 7 p.m. April 16; 2 p.m. April 17. $10, $8, $6. 570-855-5874.

Transparent. A Broadway-caliber magic show with master illusionist Drew Thomas, a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 16. $40, $30, $25. 570-826-1100.

Musical Theater Scholarship Gala Benefit, a competition with eight talented high school performers vying for scholarships to the summer-long Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary. Also: performances by former PAI alumni Amanda Shaffern and Noah Sunday-Lefkowitz and national musical theater performer Brian Krinsky along with the Wyoming Seminary Lower School Select Choir. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 3 p.m. April 17. $15, $10 students; $30 to attend a pre-performance gala brunch and reception at 1:30 p.m. 570-270-2100.

FUTURE

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 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. 570-288-1020.

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.

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 Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, New Jersey, for a performance of the Neil Simon comedy “Rumors.” Sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Women’s Club on April 26. $85 includes transportation, show and luncheon. Reservations: 570-822-4976 or 570-379-3667.

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.

Kirsten Derrick and Scott Colin star in the musical ‘The Full Monty,’ playing through April 17 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-stage-Full-Monty-2.jpgKirsten Derrick and Scott Colin star in the musical ‘The Full Monty,’ playing through April 17 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville.

King’s College will present the black fairy tale ‘The Secret in the Wings’ through April 23 at the George P. Maffei II Theater in Wilkes-Barre.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-stage-Kings-SecretWings.jpgKing’s College will present the black fairy tale ‘The Secret in the Wings’ through April 23 at the George P. Maffei II Theater in Wilkes-Barre.

The long-running Broadway musical ‘Cats’ comes to the Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea April 15 to 24. The cast includes Amanda Hunisch, Brooke Taylor, Emily O’Boyle, Sherry Klaproth, Emily Rowe, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Walker Cherry, Anthony Frallicciardi, Rya Meeker, Isabella Mehm, Kegan Lance, Olivia Dobbs, Hope Kamin, Sarah Neel, Joey Morales, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Michala Dennis, Jade Casella, Abby Pecha and Wendi Newell.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-stage-phoenix-Cats-4.jpgThe long-running Broadway musical ‘Cats’ comes to the Phoenix Performing Arts Center in Duryea April 15 to 24. The cast includes Amanda Hunisch, Brooke Taylor, Emily O’Boyle, Sherry Klaproth, Emily Rowe, Jaidin Broody-Walega, Walker Cherry, Anthony Frallicciardi, Rya Meeker, Isabella Mehm, Kegan Lance, Olivia Dobbs, Hope Kamin, Sarah Neel, Joey Morales, Katie-Louise Fidiam, Michala Dennis, Jade Casella, Abby Pecha and Wendi Newell.

Shaun Pierre plays Orsino and Micaela Oliverio is Viola in the Wilkes University production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ April 15 to 17 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_4.15-stage-Twelfth-Night-Wilkes.jpgShaun Pierre plays Orsino and Micaela Oliverio is Viola in the Wilkes University production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ April 15 to 17 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre.
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