· 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.
· DEC. 16
Actor Howard Burnham presents his acclaimed "A Christmas Carol" show. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at The Works, 677 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove. $10 cover.
· THROUGH DEC. 15
ARIEL Theatrical presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Continues at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.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. 16
The Carmel High School Drama Department presents Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds." Continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec.14 and 15, and 2 p.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. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama features Carissa Redfield, Lana Richards, Alex Moreland and Avery Yeatman. $10 general, $5 for students, seniors (65-plus) and military. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Concessions will be sold before the show and during the intermission. 624-1821 extension 3729.
· THROUGH DEC. 23
Monterey Peninsula Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Continuing at 7:30 p.m.Thursdays- Saturdays, 2 p.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 & seniors MPC box office (646-4213) Wednesdays 3-7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m., or at the Wharf Theatre box office beginning 90 minutes prior to any performance, or online at www.TicketGuys.comorwww.mpctheatre.com. "Talk Back" with the Richard Hellesen (script adapter), Gary Bolen (director) and members of the design team and the cast on Sunday. Dec 16, following the matinee; pre-fixe dinner and theatre package $36. mpctheatreco.com; 646-4213.
· 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. 22-23
Ballet Fantasque of the Monterey Peninsula presents "Nutcracker" ballet. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 22 and 2 p.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 & under, available at The Bookmark, Pacific Grove and Thinker Toys in 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.
· DEC. 15 & 17
Wharf Theater holds auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." At 3:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15. and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. at the Wharf Theater, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Info: 445-7885, 649-2332 or 659-2440.
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. · 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.