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√íThe Santaland Diaries√ď by humorist David Sedaris and featuring Tyler Shilstone, opens Friday at the Stardust Playhouse in Monterey.


· DEC. 28-JAN. 19

The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Avenue Q." Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28; continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 19, at the Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. Winner of the Tony Award "triple crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, written by Robert Lopez,Jeff WhittyandJeff Marx, "Avenue Q" is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Features Nicholas Kelly as Princeton, Mindy Kruty as Kate Monster, Jay DeVine as Nicky, Michael T. Aliman as Rod, Jared Hussey as Brian, Kate Faber as Christmas, Eve Kayla Ciudad as Gary Coleman, directed by Koly McBride. $25 general, $22 seniors, students, and military, available at 905-5684.



Stardust Playhouse presents "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris. Continues at

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 at the Stardust Playhouse, 2115 N. Fremont St Suite C, Monterey. Adapted and directed by Kirsten Clapp, this one-man show stars Tyler Shilstone. "The Santaland Diaries" is the story of an out-of-work actor taking a job as Crumpet, a Macy's Christmas elf. For mature audiences only, not recommended for children. $15, available at 402-8940 or


· JAN.



Actor Howard Burnham presents "Dearest Jane! — The Rev. Henry Austen Recalls His Sister." 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at The Works, 677 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove. Burnham presents a special program to mark the bicentennial of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." $10,




· JAN. 7 & 12, MARCH 19

Registration for the 2013 Spring Conservatory open. Programs within each Conservatory vary by minimum age for participation and complexity of material. "Stone Soup," with performance opportunities for children ages 5-12, begins rehearsals Jan. 7. "The Phantom Tollbooth," with performance opportunities for children ages 7-17, begins rehearsals Jan. 12. "Charlotte's Web," with performance opportunities for those 6-17, begins March 19. Registration is open through the first scheduled rehearsal or until programs are full. Rehearsals take place at the Karen Wilson Children's Theatre, 320 Main St., Oldtown Salinas. For more information call ARIEL Theatrical at 775-0976 or

· JAN. 11 & APRIL 5

Monterey Recreation Dept.Theater for Kids 3-3:45 p.m. Fridays for two six-week sessions, Jan. 11-Feb. 15 and April 5-May 10, for ages 5-7, at the Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. Instructor Maria Dawson. $78, $60 for Monterey residents. Pre-register at the Monterey Recreation Office, 546 Dutra St., Monterey. 646-3866,



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


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 · 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).


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,