Preview calendar: Theater and auditions for March 18-24 (2024)

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THEATER

“Abbey Road” —- International touring Beatles tribute show; 7p.m. Sundays, through April 18; Welk Resorts Theatre, Welk ResortsSan Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido; $25, adults; $10,children ages 3 to 15; 760-749-3448 or welktheatresandiego.com.

“Adoration of Dora” —- Moxie Theatre’s inaugural “FightingWords” Play Reading Festival of five works by women playwrightsrunning March 19 through March 28 presents Lojo Simon’s drama aboutDora Maar, the surrealist photographer who was Pablo Picasso’slover during the Spanish Civil War; 8 p.m. March 20 and 27; MoxieTheatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego; $10 ($15 for day pass of 2readings); $45 festival pass; 858-598-7620 or moxietheatre.com.

“Alive and Well” —- The Old Globe presents the world premiereof Kenny Finkle’s romantic comedy about the mismatched pairing of abig-city reporter from the north and a Civil War re-enactor fromthe south who team up to research a news story; previews, March 20to 24; opens March 25 and runs through April 25; showtimes, 7 p.m.Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays -Saturdays; 2p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, OldGlobe complex, Balboa Park, San Diego; $29-$62; 619-234-5623 orwww.theoldglobe.org.

“All Shook Up” —- El Camino High School presents this “ElvisPresley-meets-Twelfth Night” musical spoof about a girl who fallsfor a guitar-playing roustabout in a conservative small town; 7p.m. March 20 and March 25, 26 and 27; 2 p.m. March 28; TruaxTheatre, El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro Drive,Oceanside; $10 ($8 in advance); 760-757-8550, ext. 3902.

“An American Duet” —- Ion Theatre presents two plays on thepost-9/11 experience running in repertory through April 10; the SanDiego premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-nominatedplay “Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue,” which weaves music and memoriesof three generations of U.S. Latino soldiers; and Yussef ElGuindi’s “Back of the Throat,” about an Arab-American whose privacyis invaded in the aftermath of 9/11; “Elliot” showtimes are 4 p.m.March 20 and March 27 and April 10; 8 p.m. March 18 and March 25and April 1 and 8; “Back of the Throat” plays 8 p.m. March 20 andMarch 26, 27, April 2, 3, 9 and 10; 4 p.m. April 3 and 10; BLKBOX @6th@ Penn, 3704 Sixth Ave., San Diego; $20-$24; $10 student rush;619-600-5020.

“An Inspector Calls” —- Lamb’s Players Theatre presents J.B.Priestley’s mystery drama about a family celebration interrupted bynews of what turns out to be a not-so-random suicide; 7:30 p.m.March 18; 8 p.m. March 19; 4 and 8 p.m. March 20; 2 p.m. March 21;Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado; $26-$58;619-437-0600 or lambsplayers.org. Critic’s pick.

“Armando and the Blue Tarp School” —- Park Dale Players youththeatre presents a fundraising production of Pat Lydersen and WendyWoolf’s original musical, based on the children’s book by EdithFine and Judith Josephson about teacher/humanitarian David Lynch,who created a school for poor children in Tijuana 30 years ago;Lynch will speak after each performance; 7:30 p.m. March 19 andMarch 20; 3:30 p.m. March 21; Knoll Elementary School, 910 MelbaRoad, Encinitas; $5-$20; theparkdaleplayers.com.

“Boeing-Boeing” —- The Old Globe presents Marc Camoletti andBeverly Cross’ classic 1960s farce about a Parisian architect whosejuggling act with three flight attendant fiancees hits someunexpected turbulence; 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8p.m. Thursdays -Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; throughApril 18; Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park, San Diego; $29-$62;619-234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org.

“The Caucasian Chalk Circle” —- MiraCosta College’s theaterdepartment presents Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war fairy tale about apeasant woman struggling against oppression in the war-tornCaucasus mountains; preview, 7:30 p.m. April 22; regular shows,7:30 p.m. April 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1; 2 p.m. April 25 and May1, 2; MiraCosta College Theatre, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside; $12,general; $10, seniors; $8, students and preview performances;760-795-6815.

Circus Vargas —- Fabares Entertainment presents an all-newedition of this touring tent circus; 7:30 p.m. March 25-28; 4:30p.m. March 26-28; 1:30 p.m. March 27 and 28; 7 p.m. March 29 at theTemecula Promenade, Winchester and Ynez roads, Temecula; $20-$55,reserved seating; $20, bleacher seating; $5 ticket discount forchilren ages 2 to 11; 877-468-3861 or circusvargas.org.

Cirque Dreams “Illumination” —- Set to a score of jazz,ballroom and pop music, this theatrical circus featuring dazzlinglighting and special effects where city dwellers reinvent familiarobjects, balance on wires, leap tall buildings and redefine therisks of flight; 7 p.m. April 13 and 14; 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16;2 and 7:30 p.m. April 17; 1 and 6 p.m. April 18; Balboa Theatre,868 Fourth Ave., San Diego; $15-$72; 619-570-1100 orbroadwaysd.com.

“Collective Dating” —- PowPAC, Poway’s community theater,presents a reader’s theater performance of V.B. Leghorn’s energeticcomedy featuring seven vignettes on the dating scene, from speeddating to Internet matchmaking; 7 p.m. March 21; PowPAC, 13250Poway Road, Poway; $10; 858-679-8085.

“Comedy & Magic” —- Family-friendly evening of stand-upcomedy and magic tricks featuring Scott “Mr. Punchline” Wood and”Anthony the Magic”; 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Welk Resorts Theatre, WelkResorts San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido; $25,adults; $10, children; 760-749-3448 or welktheatresandiego.com.

“Coming Attractions” —- Moxie Theatre’s inaugural “FightingWords” Play Reading Festival of five works by women playwrights,running March 19-28, presents Zsa Zsa Gershick’s drama about agroup of Hollywood has-beens gathered at a closeted friend’sfuneral in 1979 Palm Springs; 3 p.m. March 21 and March 28; MoxieTheatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego; $10 ($15 for day pass of 2readings); $45 festival pass; 858-598-7620 or moxietheatre.com.

“Faith County II: An Evening of Culture” —- New Vision TheatreCo. presents Mark Landon Smith’s play-within-a-play about adisastrous community theater production of “Romeo and Juliet” in aSouthwestern Arkansas town; opens April 2 and runs through April18; showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays;Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; $17,general; $14, seniors; $10, students and military; $7.50, children;760-529-9140 or sunshinebrookstheatre.org.

“Fame” —- Fallbrook Players presents this stage musical aboutthe students at a performing arts high school in New York; 7:30p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. March 21; Mission Theatre, 231 N.Main St., Fallbrook; $15, adults; $12, students; 760-728-0998 orfallbrookplayers.com.

“Ghosts” —- North Coast Repertory Theatre presents HenrikIbsen’s drama about a Norwegian widow whose ambitious plan to burythe ghosts of her past is troubled by family secrets; previews,April 7-9; opens April 10 and runs through May 2; showtimes, 8 p.m.Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; through March 14; NorthCoast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach;$30-$47; 858-481-1055 or northcoastrep.org.

“The Good, the Bad and the Udderly Ridiculous” —- Mystery CafeDinner Theatre presents a fast-paced mystery-comedy about a seriesof murders that take place in the Old West; 8 p.m. Fridays andSaturdays; runs indefinitely; Imperial House Restaurant, 505 KalmiaSt., San Diego; $59.50, price includes four-course dinner;619-460-2200 or mysterycafe.net.

“Hairspray” —- Broadway’s musical-comedy phenomenon thatinspired a major motion picture and won eight 2003 Tony Awards,including Best Musical; 8 p.m. April 16-17 and 2 p.m. April 17;Pechanga Showroom, Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 PechangaParkway, Temecula; $45-$75; 877-711-2946, pechanga.com.

“The Heidi Chronicles” —- New Village Arts Theatre presentsWendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a womannavigating the currents of American culture, politics and feminismfrom the 1960s-1980s; opens April 1 and runs through April 25;showtimes, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m.Sundays; New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad;$20-$40; 760-433-3245 or www.newvillagearts.org.

“The Hiding Place” —- Village Church Community Theaterpresents this stage adaptation of Corrie ten Boom’sautobiographical story about a Dutch family who hid from the Nazisduring World War II; 7 p.m. March 19 and March 20; 2 p.m. March 21;Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, RanchoSanta Fe; free; villagechurch.org.

“In a Garden” —- South Coast Repertory presents HowardKorder’s drama about an American architect and a foreign culturalminister whose petty skirmishes unfold against a global landscape;7:45 p.m. March 18 through March 21; 2 p.m. March 20; ArgyrosStage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa;$20-$65; 714-708-5555 or www.scr.org.

“Independence” —- PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre opens LeeBlessing’s drama about three very different sisters struggling tobreak free of their past and family ties in small-town Iowa; 8 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; through March 28; PowPAC,13250 Poway Road, Poway; $15, general; $13, seniors, students andactive military; 858-679-8085 or www.powpac.org.

“It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To” —- Newly formedPeggy Sue Productions presents Beth Roseberry McNellen’s murdermystery dinner theater production about a birthday party goneterribly wrong at Mikki’s Restaurant; opens March 19 and runsthrough July 31; showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays;Mikki’s Restaurant, 1639 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido; $32.50(includes dinner and show); 760-743-4050 orwww.peggysueanddinnertoo.com.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” —- PatioPlayhouse presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musicalcomedy based on the biblical story of Jacob and his many sons;opens April 16 and runs through May 9; showtimes, 7 p.m. Fridaysand Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Patio Playhouse, 201 E. Grand Ave.,Escondido; $10, adults; $7, youth 16 and under; 760-746-6669 orpatioplayhouse.org.

The Jumpitz: “Color Splash Safari” —- The San Diego-basedperformance troupe for children will perform series of interactivetalking, singing and dancing shows designed for preschool and gradeschool-aged children; 11 a.m. March 19 and March 26; 2 p.m. March27; The Vine: Mojalet’s Place for the Arts, 13330 Paseo del VeranoNorth, Rancho Bernardo; $10, adults; $5, children; 858-576-7114 ortickets@thejumpitz.com.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” —- Classic Youth Theatrepresents Oscar Wilde’s comedy about two friends who switchidentities to skewer the class snobbery of Victorian-era England; 6p.m. March 19 and March 20 and March 26 and 27; 2 p.m. March 21 andMarch 28; Innovative Body Science, 6350 Yarrow Road, Carlsbad;$12-$15, general; $10, seniors, students and matinees; $5, children6-10; free, children 5 and under; 760-632-9447.

“Kooza” —– Cirque du Soleil returns with an all-new travelingtent circus spectacular, this time dedicated to the circustraditions of acrobatics and clowning; 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 4and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays; throughMarch 28; Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar;$40-$125, adults; $28-$87.50, children ages 2 to 12; $36-$112.50,students and seniors; cirquedusoleil.com.

“The Language Archive” —- South Coast Repertory presents JuliaCho’s quirky comedy about a brilliant linguist who finds himself ata loss for words with his estranged wife and assistant; opens March26 and runs through April 25; showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Sundays,Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays; Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; $24-$59; 714-708-5555 orwww.scr.org.

“Last March 21 Cabaret” —- Classic standards, jazz, gospel andBroadway tunes, performed at 7 p.m. on the last March 21 of eachmonth; Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado; $15-$45;619-437-6050 or www.lambsplayers.org.

“La Traviata” —- San Diego Opera closes its 2010 season withVerdi’s tragedy about a dying courtesan who sacrifices herself forlove, featuring American soprano Elizabeth Futral and Romaniantenor Marius Brenciu; 7 p.m. April 17 and 20; 8 p.m. April 23; 2p.m. April 25; San Diego Opera at the San Diego Civic Theatre,Third Avenue at B Street, San Diego; $35 and up; 619-533-7000 orwww.sdopera.com.

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” —- Broadway/San Diego presentsthe national touring production of this musical comedy about aditsy, fashion-conscious sorority girl who enrolls in Harvard Lawto win back her boyfriend, but then finds hidden legal talents shenever knew she had; 7 p.m. March 30 and 31; 7:30 p.m. April 1; 8p.m. April 2 and 3; 2 p.m. April 3; 1 and 6 p.m. April 4; San DiegoCivic Theatre, Third Avenue at B Street, San Diego; $18-$79;619-570-1100.

“Let It Be Art!” —- North Coast Repertory Theatre presentsRonald Rand in his one-man play based on the life of HaroldClurman, the influential co-founder of New York’s Group Theatre andhis relationship with Stella Adler, Marlon Brando and many others;7:30 p.m. April 14; North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas SantaFe Drive, Solana Beach; $25-$30; 858-481-1055 ornorthcoastrep.org.

“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” —- Carlsbad Playreaders presentsa staged reading of Martin McDonough’s Tony-nominated Irish blackcomedy about a dead cat, a tortured drug dealer, a brutal shootoutand its bloody aftermath; 7:30 p.m. March 22; Schulman Auditorium,1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad; $5, adults; $1, students; 760-602-2012 orcarlsbadplayreders.org.

“Love Letters” —- Lyric Opera San Diego presents artisticdirector J. Sherwood Montgomery and San Diego actress KandisChappell in a fundraising performance of A.R. Gurney’s comedy abouta 50-year relationship told through a series of letters; 2:30 p.m.June 6; Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego;$40; 619-239-8836 or lyricoperasandiego.org.

“The Male Intellect: The 2nd Coming” —- Robert Dubac stars inthe sequel to his one-man show that features several men from allwalks of life answering the question about what women want; 8 p.m.March 27; Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road,Poway; $17-$55; 858-748-0505 or www.powayarts.org.

Marie Hitchco*ck Puppet Theatre —- Balboa Park Puppet Guildpresents Big Joe Productions’ “Animals, Animals, Animals,”Thursday-Sunday; Gaston’s Puppets presents “Benito Bunny’s GreatEaster Egg Hunt, “March 24-28 and March 31-April 4; regularshowtimes, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 and2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Marie Hitchco*ck Puppet Theater,Balboa Park, San Diego; $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children 12and under; 619-544-9203 or balboaparkpuppets.com.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” —- San Diego Junior Theatrepresents a youth-cast production of William Shakespeare’s comedyabout mismatched lovers in an enchanted forest; 7 p.m. March 19,March 20 and March 26 and 27; 2 p.m. March 21 and March 28; LaJolla YMCA Firehouse Theatre, 7877 Herschel Ave., La Jolla; callfor tickets; 619-239-8355.

“Miss Julie” —- Stone Soup Theatre will present AugustStrindberg’s bleak, sexually charged drama about a battle of thesexes on a Swedish estate in 1874; the play will complement NorthCoast Repertory Theatre’s production of Strindberg’s “Ghosts”;”Miss Julie” performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and May3-5; North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas Santa Fe Drive,Solana Beach; for tickets, visit www.northcoastrep.org.

“Mozu” —- Theatre Arts for Fun Education will present areading of Carlsbad playwright Steven Oberman’s new musical forfamilies about a deformed Japanese snow monkey who seeks analliance with man to survive, but faces conflicts with his tribe asa result; the reading will be followed by a discussion with thecreative team; 6 p.m. May 3; Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane,Carlsbad; $5; 760-268-0169.

“The Music Man Jr.” —- Vista Academy of Visual and PerformingArts presents a pared-down youth cast version of the MeredithWillson musical; 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. March 20 andMarch 21; 600 N. Santa Fe Drive, Vista; call for ticket prices;760-547-3747 or email denise.r.smith@live.com.

“My Fatal Valentine” —- Newly formed Curtain Call Productionswill present Eileen Moushey’s comedy murder-mystery set at aromance writers’ convention on the third March 18 of each month;Hukilau Restaurant, Fallbrook Golf Course, Fallbrook; $35;760-723-2724 or e-mail curtaincallcompany@yahoo.com.

“Orestes” —- The Theatre Inc. presents Marianne McDonald’szany new adaptation of the ancient Greek classic about a young manwho kills his mother to avenge the murder of his father; 8 p.m.Thursday-Saturday; 7 p.m. March 21; The Theatre Inc., 899 C St.,San Diego; $22-$25; 619-216-3016 or www.thetheatreinc.com.

“Pippi Longstocking” —- San Diego Junior Theatre presents thismusical based on Astrid Lindgren’s children’s novel; 7 p.m. March19; 2 p.m. March 20 and March 21; Casa del Prado Theatre, BalboaPark, San Diego; $8-$14; 619-239-8355 or www.juniortheatre.com.

“Pinocchio” —- San Marcos’ Theatre West youth theatre presentsa musical production of this fairy tale featuring 40 local youth;7:30 p.m. March 19 and March 20; 2 p.m. March 20 and March 21;Hearth Theater, San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive,San Marcos; $10, adults; $7, youth, students and seniors (alltickets for March 20 matinees are $7); 760-744-9000.

“Pirates of Penzance” —- Welk Resort Theatre presents Gilbertand Sullivan’s comic operetta about an unhappy apprentice piratewho falls for the daughter of a wealthy Navy captain; 1 p.m.Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays andSaturdays; through May 2; Welk Resorts Theatre, Welk Resorts SanDiego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido; $44-$47, show only;$58-$63, show and buffet (brunch or dinner); 760-749-3448 orwelktheatresandiego.com.

“Pirates of Penzance” —- Lyric Opera San Diego presentsGilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta about an unhappy apprenticepirate who falls for the daughter of a wealthy Navy captain; opensMarch 26 and runs through April 11; showtimes, 7:30 p.m.Thursdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Birch North Park Theatre,2891 University Ave., San Diego; $32-$52, general; children 17 andunder are half-price; 619-239-8836 or lyricoperasandiego.org.

“Pump Boys and Dinettes” —- Lamb’s Players Theatre presentsthis rockabilly musical revue featuring singing diner waitressesand gas station attendants; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays andSaturdays; 4 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; extended through March28; Lamb’s Players at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave.,San Diego; $26-$48; 6190437-0600 or lambsplayers.org.

“Red Helen” —- Moxie Theatre’s inaugural “Fighting Words” PlayReading Festival of five works by women playwrights, running March19-28, presents Jennifer Barclay’s dark comedy about a steelymatriarch whose iron rule is challenged at the family steakhouse; 8p.m. March 19 and March 26; Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., SanDiego; $10 ($15 for day pass of 2 readings); $45 festival pass;858-598-7620 or moxietheatre.com.

“Re-Drowning Ophelia” —- Moxie Theatre’s inaugural “FightingWords” Play Reading Festival of five works by women playwrightsrunning March 19-28 presents Katie Henry’s tale about six verydifferent adolescent girls at an all-girls Catholic school; 4 p.m.March 20 and March 27; Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., SanDiego; $10 ($15 for day pass of 2 readings); $45 festival pass;858-598-7620 or moxietheatre.com.

“Ring Round the Moon” —- Moonlight Stage Productions presentsChristopher Fry’s adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s French comedy abouttwin brothers vying for the affection of the same young woman in1911 Paris; 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. March 20 and March21; Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista; $29, general; $27, seniors,students and military; $21, youth 12 and under; 760-724-2110 orwww.vistixonline.com. Critic’s pick.

“Romeo and Juliet” — San Diego Opera’s 2010 season continueswith Gounod’s grand French opera, featuring married singers StephenCostello and Ailyn Perez in the title roles; 8 p.m. March 19; 2p.m. March 21; San Diego Civic Theatre, Third Avenue at B Street,San Diego; tickets start at $35; 619-533-7000 orwww.sdopera.com.

“Romeo and Juliet” —- Poor Players presents WilliamShakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed lovers, updated into moderndress and setting; opens March 19 and runs through April 4;showtimes, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays; SwedenborgHall, 1531 Tyler Ave., San Diego; $20, general; $15, seniors,military and students; www.poorplayers.com.

“Self (the remix)” —- Mo’olelo Performing Arts presents RobertFarid Karimi in his spoken-word, hip-hop play that mixes stories,movement and music to tell the story of an American child ofIranian and Guatemalan immigrants growing up in the shadow of the1970s Iranian hostage crisis; 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m.March 21; 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., San Diego; $22-$27;619-342-7395.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” —- Palomar College presents anupdated version of Tennessee Williams’ steamy drama about twotroubled sisters in New Orleans; 4 p.m. March 18; 8 p.m. March 19and March 20; 2 p.m. March 21; Howard Brubeck Theatre, PalomarCollege, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos; $12, general; $10,seniors; $8, students; 760-744-1150, ext. 2453 orwww.palomarperforms.com.

“The Sound of Music” —- J*Company Youth Theatre presentsRodgers and Hammerstein’s musical about a wayward novitiate whobecomes governess to a widowed sea captain’s children in WWIIAustria, featuring a cast of 98 and a 23-piece orchestra;showtimes, 7 p.m. March 18; 8 p.m. March 20; 1 and 4:30 p.m. March21; Garfield Theatre, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive,La Jolla; $13-$17; 858-362-1348 or www.sdcjc/jcompany.

“Speech and Debate” —- Diversionary Theatre presents StephenKaram’s edgy new comedy about an Oregon teen discovering thehypocrisy of the adult world; opens March 25 and runs through April11; showtimes, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays;Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego; $29-$33;619-220-0097 or diversionary.org.

“The Sunshine Boys” —- Broadway Theater presents Neil Simon’scomedy about a long-estranged vaudeville comedy duo who are giventhe opportunity to reunite for a television special, but thereunion opens old wounds; opens March 18 and runs through April 11;showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; BroadwayTheater, 340B E. Broadway, Vista; $17.50;760-806-7905 orwww.broadwayvista.com.

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” —- CygnetTheatre presents Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s dark dramaabout a revenge-minded barber who wreaks havoc on 19th centuryLondon with the help of a partner who bakes his victims into meatpies; opens March 18 and runs through April 25; showtimes, 7:30p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m.Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre, 4040Twiggs St., San Diego; call for ticket prices; 619-337-1525 orwww.cygnettheatre.com.

“the terrible girls” —- Moxie Theatre’s inaugural “FightingWords” Play Reading Festival of five works by women playwrights,running March 19-28, presents Jacqueline Goldfinger’s full-lengthgothic comedy/drama about two women battling for the love of oneman while a third guards his terrible secret; 7 p.m. March 21 andMarch 28; Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego; $10 ($15for day pass of 2 readings); $45 festival pass; 858-598-7620 ormoxietheatre.com.

“Tom and Huck and Jim” —- San Diego State University’s Schoolof Theatre, Television and Film celebrates the 100th anniversary ofMark Twain’s death with this music-filled tale for all ages of howhe wrote “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” narrated by theirascible author himself; 8 p.m. March 18; 4 p.m. March 20; 2 p.m.March 21; Experimental Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, San DiegoState University, San Diego; call for ticket prices; 619-594-6884or theatre.sdsu.edu.

“Triple Espresso” —- The “highly caffeinated comedy” about acomedy trio whose big break is foiled by a series of unfortunatedisasters is back; the production that ran for 11 years in SanDiego before closing in 2008 returns for a one-month revival; 7:30p.m. Tuesdsays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m.Sundays; through April 11; Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, SanDiego; $34-$39; 619-544-1000 or www.tripleespresso.com.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” —- Carlsbad Performing ArtsAcademy presents its debut production of this comic strip-basedmusical; 2 and 7 p.m. March 27; Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center, 3557Monroe St., Carlsbad; and at 7 p.m. April 2 and 3 at CarlsbadVillage Theatre, 2822 State St., Carlsbad; $12; 760-438-4947 orcarlsbadperformingartsacademy.com.

“A Weekend With Pablo Picasso” —- San Diego Repertory Theatrepresents a workshop production of Herbert Siguenza’s one-man playabout the mercurial Spanish painter and bon vivant, where he talksabout his life and paints in his studio; previews, 7 p.m. March 21,March 23 and March 24; 8 p.m. March 25; opens March 26 and runsthrough April 11; regular shows, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays; Lyceum Theatre, 79 HortonPlaza, San Diego; $29-$40; 619-544-1000 or sdrep.org.

“Wizard of Oz” —- Metropolitan Educational Theatre Networkpresents a youth-cast musical about the girl who flew over therainbow, complete with flying and special effects; 7:30 p.m. March20; 2 p.m. March 21; Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498Espola Road, Poway; call for ticket prices; 858-748-0505.

AUDITIONS

Editor’s note: Many events require that sheet music, cued CDs,resumes or head shots be brought to the audition. It’s suggestedthose interested in auditioning call for specific information.

“The Music Man” —- Fallbrook Mission Theatre and CASTProductions is seeking an actor for the lead role of Prof. HaroldHill for a production of the Meredith Willson musical this May; foran audition appointment, call 760-731-2278 or e-mail PattyHornsveld at phornsveld@gmail.com.

“Mozu” —- TAFFE Productions will hold non-Equity auditions forthis adult-cast musical about Japanese snow monkeys; 10 a.m. to 1p.m. March 21; Granary, McGee Park, 258 Beech St., Carlsbad; showwill be produced Aug. 19-Sept. 12 in San Diego; 760-268-0169.

“Sleeping Beauty” —- San Marcos’ Theatre West youth theaterwill hold auditions for ages 7 to 18 for this musical; auditions, 5to 8 p.m. March 22; San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic CenterDrive, San Marcos; $2 audition fee; show runs April 23-May 2;760-744-9000.

“Forbidden Broadway: The Greatest Hits” —- Broadway Theaterwill hold audition for this off Broadway comedy musical spoof ofthe Great White Way, running May 7-June 6; auditions, 7 to 10 p.m.Mach 29; Broadway Theater, 340B E. Broadway, Vista; 760-806-7905 orwww.broadwayvista.com.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS/CAMPS

Kids Act! Youth Theater Workshop —- Six- and 10-week workshopsin self-expression, role-playing and acting are being presented forages 4 to 11 operated by Aleta Barthell, a member of the ScreenActors Guild, Television and Radio Artists Guild and Writers Guildof America; New Village Arts Theatre, 2787B State St., Carlsbad;Barthell also teaches classes for youths ages 4 to 17 at EncinitasCommunity Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas; 760-635-3340or aletabarthell.com.

Encinitas School of Music Flute Choir —- The Encinitas Schoolof Music is seeking flutists of all ages for its flute choirprogram. Musicians should have played for at least two years. Theyear-round program includes clinics, field trips and concerts. Thegroup meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. There is a $40 monthly fee (or$10 per session); 775 Orpheus Ave., Encinitas; call Ron Ebel at760-757-3096.

Encinitas School of Music Big Band —- Students who have playedsaxophone, trombone, piano, bass, guitar and drums for at least twoyears are invited to join this Encinitas-based all-ages ensemble;call Jack Hill at 760-612-5299 or visit ww.esom.org.

Positive Action Community Theater free acting classes —- NewEncinitas theater group offers free acting classes for preschool,elementary and teen/adults, from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Saturdays; DanceNorth County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas; free;760-436-4869.

Christian Youth Theatre’s Theater for Kids —- Drama classesfor ages 4 to 18 will be presented by CYT in seven locationscountywide. Class enrollment allows youth to audition for CYTmusicals; 800-696-1929.

Premiere for Kids youth acting classes —- Premiere for KidsYouth Theatre, run by Randall Hickman and Douglas Davis, presentsongoing acting classes for youth actors ages 8 to 17; BroadwayTheater, 340B E. Broadway, Vista; www.premiereforkids.com.

New Village Arts acting classes —- Ongoing acting programfeatures techniques taught at the Actors Studio Drama School,including relaxation and sensory exercises as well as scene study;6 to 9 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Carlsbad;call for fees; 760-439-3784 or www.newvillagearts.org.

Triple Threat Academy —- This Temecula theater school, foundedby Paul Kehler and Joseph J. Arreola, offers classes in acting,musical theater, vocal training, music theory, dance, stagemanagement, stagecraft and more; 27574 Commerce Center Drive #137,Temecula; 951-693-1017.

Center Stage Senior Theater —- New nonprofit North Countyperforming arts group for seniors is auditioning for members toentertain for special occasions and organizations; seniors who candance, sing, do comedy or have other specialty talents are invitedto contact co-founders Lynnell Nelson and Margaret Olson, who arelongtime dance teachers and experienced performers; 760-941-9211 or760-754-4866.

Teen film/TV acting workshops —- Acting coach Al Vallettaoffers a 12-week acting workshop for actors ages 10 to 17 who wantto pursue a career in film and television. Ongoing classes meetfrom 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Star Theatre in Oceanside, andfrom 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rising Stars Studio inSolana Beach. A separate class for older teens meets from 5:30 to7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Solana Beach. Cost is $275 for 12 weeks;760-941-3208.

Actors Workshop Studios —- San Diego acting and auditionsworkshop for film and TV; on-camera training, audition techniques,industry knowledge; weekly in-house auditions with producers,casting directors, agents; www.actorsworkshopstudios.com.

Christian Youth Theatre acting classes —- CYT holds 10-weekacting classes for children ages 6 to 18; activities includeeducation in acting, singing, dancing and general theater skills;classes beginning in Rancho Bernardo, Solana Beach and Carlsbad;the two-hour classes are held weekly on Tuesdays; call for prices;800-588-0206.

Choirs/orchestras:

Civic Youth Orchestra —- The nonprofit training program foryoung musicians has a new conductor, Greg Lawrence, and a newrehearsal location at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 RichmarAve., San Marcos. Lawrence will instruct the Chamber Strings andIntermediate Strings Orchestra. For information, call760-728-1977.

Encinitas Youth Show Choir —- The choir for children ages 6and up, and all ability levels; rehearsals are 6 to 7:30 p.m.Tuesdays; Dance Connection, 625 Encinitas Blvd., Suite A,Encinitas; contact Katherine Pupping at 760-717-9249 orkatepupping@roadrunner.com, or visitencinitasyouthshowchoir.com.

Encinitas School of Music Flute Choir —- Flutists who’veplayed for at least one year are invited to join instructor RonEbel’s program, which includes clinics, field trips and concertsyear-round; the choir practices at 7 p.m. Mondays at 775 OrpheusAve., Encinitas; call Ebel at 760-757-3095.

MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra —- MiraCosta College’smusic department is launching a new jazz repertory big band,nicknamed MOJO, under the direction of Steve Torok that willconcentrate on the music of the great big band-era jazz arrangers,including Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Gil Evans andMel Lewis/Thad Jones, along with contemporary composers. The bandwill form in the spring 2010 semester and will hold weeklyrehearsals from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays; Concert Hall, Building2400, MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside; 760-757-2121,ext. 6438, or contact Torok at jazzband@miracosta.edu.

Music Men chorale and a cappella chorus —- The Palomar PacificMusic Men barbershop harmony chorus is seeking new members for itschoir and a cappella ensemble; no audition required; all male voicetypes welcome; group meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Salvation Armyfacility, 1301 Las Villas Way, Escondido; 760-839-6518.

The Music Men Barbershop Chorus —- The choir is seeking malesingers; auditions will be held at the group’s rehearsals, 7 p.m.Tuesdays; San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San Marcos;760-839-6518.

Pacific Coast Harmony —- This men’s barbershop chorus isseeking talented singers who can sing a cappella and in harmony;619-427-6669.

Pacific Women’s Chorus —- Singers are needed for the 2009-10season; choir rehearses on March 24 evenings in Solana Beach; foran audition, email director@pacificwomenschorus.org or call760-846-6184.

Poway Community Symphony Orchestra —- This community orchestrafor ages 18 and up, led this year by University of San Diego andGrossmont College professor Branden Muresan, is seeking newmusicians; no audition necessary; rehearsals are held from 7 to 9p.m. Mondays at Room 501, Bernardo Heights Middle School, 129909Paseo Lucido, Rancho Bernardo; 858-748-5131, ext. 2613.

Rancho Penasquitos Flute Choir —- New members are sought forthe group’s March 24 evening sessions; all levels of adult fluteplayers are welcome to the choir, led by local musician andrecording artist Bradley Leighton; 858-484-8609 or visitwww.fluteguy.com.

RB Chorale —- The choir led by Pat Bean is seeking members;rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; Westwood Elementary Schoo, 17449Matinal Road, SanDiego; 858-485-7664 or rbchorale.org.

San Diego A Cappella Chorus —- The choir will hold auditionsfor girls ages 11 to 17 in all vocal ranges; the choir rehearsesevery March 23 in Rancho Bernardo; call for audition appointment,858-717-0262.

San Diego Chorus —- The 100-member women’s a cappella chorusis seeking singers in all voice parts; choir rehearses from6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Balboa Park; call 619-685-3385.

San Diego Master Chorale —- Experienced singers are invited toaudition by sitting in on the rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondaysat First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, SanDiego; audition appointments at 858-581-2203.

San Diego North Coast Singers —- The 125-voice youth choralgroup is auditioning boys and girls, grades two to 12, for its fourensembles; auditions by appointment; rehearsals on Tuesdays inEncinitas; call Miel Burnett at 760-944-1866 or visitwww.northcoastsingers.com.

San Diego Youth Philharmonic Orchestra —- The advancedensemble is holding auditions for strings, winds, brass andpercussion students up to age 25; rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m.Tuesdays at Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos; for anaudition appointment, call 858-673-0217.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Symphonic Orchestra —- Musiciansages 7 to 25 are invited to audition for positions in theorchestra; artistic director Jeff Edmons directs both the YouthSymphony and more advanced Symphonic Orchestra; ensembles rehearseon weekends from September through June; 619-233-3232.

Southern California Sinfonietta —- San Diego-based trainingorchestra for musicians ages 7 to 13 (feeder orchestra for SouthernCalifornia Youth Symphony) is auditioning players of allinstruments; auditions by appointment; rehearsals, 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Sundays; California Institute of Music, 3346 Industrial Court,San Diego; e-mail office@fairbanksartscenter.com or858-259-5508.

Southern California Youth Symphony —- San Diego-based youthorchestra conducted by Grammy-winning horn player and conductorWarren Gref is auditioning players of all instruments; auditions byappointment; rehearsals, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays; CaliforniaInstitute of Music, 3346 Industrial Court, San Diego; e-mailoffice@fairbanksartscenter.com or 858-259-5508.

Southwest Women’s Chorus —- The Temecula-based communitywomen’s choir is seeking new singers; beginners welcome;music-reading ability desirable but not required; Old Town TemeculaCommunity Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula; for reservationappointment, call 951-926-4100.

Symphonic orchestra —- The Civic Youth Orchestra is forming anew youth symphony (with strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion)to provide a symphonic experience for music students not yet at theCYO level; rehearsals are from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays at PalomarCollege; for audition information, visit www.sandiegocyo.org orcall Rebecca Washburn, 858-484-9635.

Valley Center-Pauma Community Orchestra —- Adult and youthstring and woodwind players are needed for this chamber ensemble,which will perform works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Faure and JohnWilliams; meetings are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Valley CenterUpper Elementary School; $70 sign-up fee; 760-749-4218.

Village Presbyterian Church Junior Choir —- Children in gradesone to six are invited to audition for the program for its choirfestivals and musicals; rehearsals, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays; 6225Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe; 760-739-0706.

Preview calendar: Theater and auditions for March 18-24 (2024)
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