· JAN. 6

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,



The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Avenue Q." Continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 19, at the Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. Winner of the Tony "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.


· JAN. 10-11

GFour Productions presents "Menopause The Musical."

7 p.m. Thursaday, Jan. 10 and Friday Jan. 11, at the The Steinbeck Institute of Arts & Culture Performing Arts Center, 940 N. Main St., Salinas. $42-$65, $115 for VIP package, available at or at 417-8567.


Group discounts of 10-plus are available at (888) 686-8587 ext. 2. The all-female cast of "Menopause The Musical" includes Liz Hyde (Iowa Housewife), Kathy St. George (Soap Star), Margot Moreland (Earth Mother) and Kimberly Ann Harris (Professional Woman). www.menopausethemusical.


· JAN. 22-23

"SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody." At 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 with a pre-show SPANK! Party) Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 23, at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey. The hilarious new comedy brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life, part sketch comedy, part Chippendales revue. After-show meet-and-greet, plus after-party at LALLApalooza, 474 Alvarado St. $36 at the box office (open 4:30- 6:30 p.m. daily and later on event evenings, by phone at 324-4571 or at




· JAN. 5-6

Auditions for Paper Wing Theatre Company. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Ave, Monterey. Shows this season include "Sunset Limited," "9-5 The Musical," "The Motherf%&*er with the Hat," "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Macbeth" and one of three possibles for Halloween: "Crybaby," "The Addams Family" or "Reanimator; the Musical." Bring sheet music for one song and be prepared to read from the script. Everyone will be considered, no experience necessary, many roles open. 905-5684,

· 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


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,