· DEC. 6-23
Monterey Peninsula Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Preview at 7:30p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, opening Friday, Dec. 7, continuing at 7:30p.m. Thu-Sat with 2p.m. Sunday matinees through Dec. 23, at New Wharf Theatre, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. $25 general, $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 at MPC box office (646-4213) Wednesdays 3-7p.m., Thu-Fri- 3-5p.m., at the Wharf Theatre box office beginning 90 minutes prior to any performance or online at www.TicketGuys.comorwww.mpctheatre.com. Camila dela Llata benefit Saturday, Dec 8; "Talk Back" with the director and playwright Sunday, Dec 16; pre-fixe dinner and theater package $36. mpctheatreco.com; 646-4213.
· DEC. 8-16
The Carmel High School Drama Department presents Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds." Opens at 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; continues at 2p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 7p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec.14-15, and 2p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Black Box Theater (room 29), Carmel High School, Highway 1 and Ocean Avenue, Carmel. Touching, funny and uplifting, the play revolves around a dysfunctional family consisting of single mother Beatrice and her two daughters, Ruth and Tillie, who try to cope with their abysmal status in life.
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Concessions will be sold before the show and during the intermission. 624-1821 extension 3729.
· THROUGH DEC. 8
Paper Wing Theatre Company presents A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia." Continues at 8p.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 78:30p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2p.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. 8
"The Little Match Girl." Continues at 7:30p.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.
· DEC. 9
The Listening Place, Reader's Theater presents "Yuletide Jewels." An afternoon of old-fashioned storytelling and song, 1:30p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, 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. 9
Magic Circle Theatre presents Ira Levin's "Deathtrap." Continues Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30p.m., Sundays at 2p.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. 15
ARIEL Theatrical presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Continues at 7p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2p.m. Dec. 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.
· THROUGH DEC. 23
Pacific Repertory Theatre presents the regional premiere of the Broadway musical comedy "Spamalot" by Eric Idle and John du Prez. Continues at 7:30p.m. Thu-Sat with 2p.m. Sunday matinees through Dec. 23 at the Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, 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 the alternately noble and daffy King Arthur. General admission $16 to $38, discounts available for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers and active military. Tickets available at The Pacific Repertory Theatre Box Office, 11a.m.-4p.m. Tue-Sat at 622-0100 or at www.pacrep.org.
· DEC. 14-16
Dance Kids of Monterey County presents the 19th annual production of "The Nutcracker." Three performances — 7p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; and 2p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 — at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. Gala benefit reception from 5 to 6:30p.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 1:30p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. $55 general, $48 for children 12 and under. Includes performance with early preferred seating, luncheon and 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: 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Mon-Fri and noon-4p.m. Sat.) or www.sunsetcenter.org.
· DEC. 22-23
Ballet Fantasque of the Monterey Peninsula presents "Nutcracker" ballet. 7p.m. Saturday, Dec 22, and 2p.m. Sunday, Dec 23, at Santa Catalina School Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. $18 general; $15 military/seniors/students; $12 children 12 and under, available at The Bookmark in Pacific Grove and Thinker Toys at the Del Monte Shopping Center. Cash or checks at these venues only. Tickets also available online at www.balletfantasque.org.. Buy one child's ticket, get one free. 372-0388 or www.balletfantasque.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.