OPENING

· APRIL 26-May 27

Pacific Repertory Theatre opens the 2012 season with "Fiddler on the Roof" Previews at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 26-27; opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28; continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 27. at the Golden Bough Playhouse, Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel. General admission $30-$38 (with discounts for seniors, children, students, teachers, military and preview performances) at the Golden Bough Box Office, Carmel (Tues-Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.), 622-0100 or www.pacrep.org; 2012 Season FlexPasses available.

· APRIL 29 & MAY 6

The Listening Place, Readers' Theater performs "Carnival of the Animals." 1:30 p.m. Sundays, April 29, and May 6 at the Monterey Museum of Art — La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada Dr., Monterey. A witty and whimsical look at some of the animals that appear prominently in literature featured in the poems and storytelling of authors like Thurber, Ives and T.S. Eliot. Readers include: Susan Keenan, Michael Lojkovic, Roo Hornady, Peter Eberhart, Neva Hahns, Hal Peiken and Michael Robbins. Free for MMA Members; non-members free performance, with $10 museum admission. Linda Hancock at 424-6645.

CONTINUING

· THROUGH APRIL 28

Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Reefer Madness: The Musical.


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" Continues at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through April 28 at the Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Ave. at Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. Tickets are $23 general admission, $20 seniors, students and military, available at the door one half hour before showtime, or advance tickets online at www.paperwingtheatre.com. 905-5684.

· THROUGH APRIL 29

Monterey High School Theater presents "Gypsy." Continues at 7:30 p.

Mama Rose (played by Sofie Sarlat, left) tries to paint the show business dream she envisions for her stubborn daughter Louise, (played by Clara Navaille)
Mama Rose (played by Sofie Sarlat, left) tries to paint the show business dream she envisions for her stubborn daughter Louise, (played by Clara Navaille) in Monterey High Theater's production of "Gypsy." (COURTESY OF JONANNA WINNIGNHAM)
m Saturday, April 21, Sunday, April 22, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28; 2 p.m. matinees Sunday, April 22, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. At Monterey High School, 101 Herrmann Drive, up Madison Street from Pacific to five-way stop. Take upper left road (Herrmann Drive) to parking and theater on left. The Broadway musical, written by Jule Styne and Steven Sondheim, is based on Gypsy Rose Lee's 1957 memoirs. A cast of 45 actors, musicians and crew, under the direction of Monterey High senior student-actor-director, Anthony Tringali, brings "Gypsy" to life. Tickets are $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 general admission at the box office. Montereyhighdrama.com. 277-8658.

· THROUGH APRIL 29

The Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Company presents "The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)" Continues at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, through April 29 at the The Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater, Wharf No. 1, Monterey. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 seniors, $15 young adults (16-21) and military, and $10 children 15 and under;24-hour advance purchase $20; online $18 for adults and seniors; available through the MPC Box Office on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m., Thursdays, and Fridays from 3-5 p.m., at the performance venue 90 minutes before performance, or at www.TicketGuys.com; dinner and theatre packages $29.95-$39.95 per person include performance ticket and prix fixe menus from Café Fina, Dominico's, Jacks and Montrio (price does not include gratuity, drinks or dessert); available only at the MPC Box office and may not be available for same-day purchase. www.mpctheatre.com. 646-4213.

COMING UP

· MAY 3-5

Stevenson School Performing Arts presents five one-act plays. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5 at Keck Auditorium, Stevenson School, Pebble Beach campus, 3152 Forest Lake Road. Student-directed plays on the theme of "Love and Other Such Nonsense," including "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov, "A Matter of Husbands" by Ferenc Molnar, "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets" by George Bernard Shaw, "The Boor" by Anton Chekhov and "A Proposal Under Difficulties" by John Kendrick Bangs.

All seats $5 in advance, available at www.seatyourself.biz/stevensonschool, or $8 at the door. Box office and information line, 625-8389. www.stevensonschool.org/boxoffice.

· MAY 3-6

Salinas High School presents "Godspell." Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3; continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Salinas High School, 726 S. Main St., Salinas. General admission is $8, student are $6, available at the door. While "Godspell." is based on St. Matthew's Gospel, the essence of the play is about the formation of a lasting community, through stories and songs. Suitable for childen over 10. 796-7400.

· MAY 4-19

ARIEL Theatrical presents "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" Opens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4; continues at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 19 at The Karen Wilson Children's Theatre, 320 Main Street, Salinas. With book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, this fast-paced, light-hearted musical follows one day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends. $10 adults, $8 military, students and seniors and $6 children 3-12 (children under 3 free), available by calling 775-0976. Box office open daily and one-half hour before performance. www.arieltheatrical.org.

· MAY 4-20

Monterey Peninsula College Storybook Theatre presents "Little Women." Opens at 7 p.m Friday, May 4; continues at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 20 at Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Special discount preview at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 2. Adapted by Marian De Forest, based on the 1869 autobiography by Louisa May Alcott, it is the heart-warming story of the four March sisters. Tickets $15 general; $12 young adults (16-21) and military, and $9 children 15 and under, available at MPC Box Office at 980 Fremont St., Monterey or at 646-4213, from 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays and Friday, at the venue 90 minutes prior to any performance, or online at www.TicketGuys.com. All seats $10 for preview.

· MAY 4-JUNE 3

Magic Circle Theatre presents Ken Ludwig's "The Fox on the Fairway." Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4; continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 3 at Magic Circle Theatre, 8 El Caminito, Carmel Valley Village. Central Coast premiere of a brand new farce by Ken Ludwig (author of "Lend me a Tenor"), directed by Jack Stauffer, a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with golf. The cast includes Virginia Bell, Renee Michele Brunet, Brandon Burns, Bob Colter, Lori Beth Merrill, Lewis Rhames. $22 Fridays and Saturdays. Senior and student discounts available Sundays only, $20. Reservations and information: 659-7500. www.magiccircletheatre.net.

AUDITIONS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

· APRIL 27-28

Auditions set for CSU Monterey Bay's fall production. Audition are set for CSU Monterey Bay's production of a new play, "The Fisherman Ming Cho Yee and the Princess Under the Sea," written by professor Will Shephard. Auditions are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Meeting House, located on the corner of Divarty Street and Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard on the CSUMB campus. For directions, see csumb.edu/map. The play, partly based on Monterey and Pacific Grove history and on a classic folk tale, will be performed next fall. Prepared audition material is optional. Auditions will involve script readings and movement exercises. 236-7857.

· MAY 5-6

MPC Theatre Company auditions. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 in Temporary Theatre classrooms T-101 and T-201 on the MPC campus (northeast corner of parking lot C). "Androcles and the Lion," directed by Carey Crockett. Rehearsals start at the end of July, show runs: Sept. 8-23 (Saturdays and Sundays only, two shows per day) at the MPC Outdoor Amphitheatre. Needed: eight to 12 actors, varying ages to play "Commedia dell Arte" characters. Especially interested in actors who play guitar or other instrument, juggle, gymnastics or who have other "specialty" skills. Auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. "Barefoot in the Park," directed by Peter DeBono. Rehearsals start in August, show runs Oct. 12-28 at the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater on Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Needed: One man and woman in their 20s; One man and woman in their 50s-60s; Two men any age. From 1 to 4 p.m. both days Perusal scripts available for 48-hour checkout. For information contact Gary Bolen at gbolen@mpc.edu or Sky Rappoport at srappoport@mpc.edu.

·ONGOING

The Western Stage seeks volunteers in its technical and front-of-house departments. Call 755-6988 or 755-6981, or see wwww.westernstage.com.

· ONGOING

Pacific Repertory Theatre's SoDA (School of Dramatic Arts) theater classes and performance opportunities. Theater classes for children, teenagers and adults. Classes held at Indoor Forest Theatre. Starts Jan. 31. 656-9730 or

www.schoolofdramaticarts.org.

·ONGOING

MPC Theatre Company is seeking volunteers. Needed: ushers, ticket-takers and concessionaires. In addition to performance-night volunteers, the company is seeking people to distribute fliers and promotional materials throughout the Peninsula. All volunteers receive complimentary tickets to MPC Theatre Company productions. 646-4213 or mpcboxoffice@mpc.edu.

· ONGOING

Hartnell College Theatre Arts Department is accepting students for its series of workshops and classes. Whether you are new to theater or a seasoned performer, there are opportunities to develop skills under the guidance of professional actors and directors. For ages 9-13. 755-6987, 755-6988, www.westernstage.org.