· NOV. 29-DEC. 8
"The Little Match Girl." Pay-as-you-go preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 29; opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 30; continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 7 and 8, at Epiphany Luthern and Episcopal Church, 425 Carmel Ave., Marina. Maris Welch as The Little Match Girl, Patrick McEvoy as Da, Tim Samaniego as Carrick, directed by Marjorie Lowry, musical direction by Danielle Crook. $10 general, $5 for children at 384-6323. www.epiphanymarina.org.
· NOV. 30-DEC. 15
ARIEL Theatrical presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; continues at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 7 at Karen Wilson Children's Theatre, 320 Main St., Salinas. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdmans---probably the most inventively awful kids in history. 775-0976 or online at www.arieltheatrical.org.
· DEC. 2 & 9
The Listening Place, Reader's Theater presents "Yuletide Jewels." An afternoon of old-fashioned storytelling and song, 1:30p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9, at The Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific St., Monterey. Performances include "The Big Wheel Truck Stop": The spirit of the season catches on as friends rally around a single mom bringing Christmas Eve surprises; "Holiday Song": Paddy Chayefsky's story of a well-loved Cantor who finds God again in the strangest of places; and "Mrs. Coney: A Christmas Tale": A heart-warming play set at Christmas about a writer who recalls his boyhood and the Oklahoma homestead his family lost to the dust bowl. Featured performers are Bob Colter, Carey Crockett, Ron Genauer, Neva Hahns, Susan Keenan, Dan Paul, Craig Roberts, Terry Kingsley- Smith, Barbara Rose Shuler, Aaron McClosky and Kalyn Shubnell. Music by Dan Paul. Free for MMA members, free for nonmembers with $10 museum admission. Directed by Linda Hancock. 424-6645.
· THROUGH DEC. 8
Paper Wing Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia." Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 8, at the Paper Wing Theatre Company, 320 Hoffman Ave., Monterey. $23/$20, available at paperwing.com or at the door, half-hour before the performance. paperwing.com; 905-5684.
· THROUGH DEC. 8
The Western Stage presents "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." Continues at 78:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 8 at the main stage theater, Hartnell College Performing Arts Building, 411 Central Ave., Salinas. The stage version of the holiday classic, with a new libretto by David Ives, directed by TWS Production Manager Jeff McGrath. $20 general, $10 children, available at westernstage.com or at 755-6816.
· THROUGH DEC. 9
Magic Circle Theatre presents Ira Levin's "Deathtrap." Continues Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through Dec. 9 at Magic Circle Theatre, 8 El Caminito, Carmel Valley. $22 general; seniors and students $20 Sundays only, available at magiccircletheatre.net or 659-7500.
· THROUGH DEC. 23
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents the regional premiere of the Broadway musicalcomedy, "Spamalot," by Eric Idle and John du Prez. Continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Dec. 23, in the Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth, Carmel. Directed by PacRep Executive Director Stephen Moorer, musical direction by Stephen Tosh, choreography by Jill Miller, "Spamalot" features Scott McQuiston in the lead role of thealternately noble and daffy King Arthur. General admission $16 to $38, discounts available for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers, and active military, available at The Pacific Repertory Theatre Box Office, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 622-0100 or online at www.pacrep.org.
· DEC. 14-16
Dance Kids of Monterey County presents the 19th annual production of "The Nutcracker." Three performances, at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. Gala benefit reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $75 general, $42 children 12 and under. Includes performance with early preferred seating, hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, raffle and silent auction. Sugar Plum Fairy Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. $55 general, $48 per children 12 and under. Includes performance with early preferred seating, luncheon & treats, party activities and favors, plus photo opportunities with costumed cast members. $30 general, all seats reserved; $28 seniors, military, students; $24 children 12 and under; $22 group rate, minimum of 12 tickets purchased at same time for one performance, available 620-2048 (Sunset Center Box Office hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri and 12-4 p.m. Sat.) or online at www.sunsetcenter.org.
The Western Stage seeks volunteers in its technical and front-of-house departments. Call 755-6988 or 755-6981, or see wwww.westernstage.com.
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
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 email@example.com. · ONGOING
Paper Wing Theatre looking for actors interested in auditioning. The Paper Wing Theatre Company, located at 320 Hoffman Ave. at Lighthouse in New Monterey, is looking for actors interested in auditioning, with no experience necessary. Call 521-4512 to make an appointment (leave a message if there is no answer). PaperWingTheatreCo.com.
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.