· JAN. 10-11
GFour Productions presents "Menopause The Musical." 7 p.m. Thursday, 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 gfourproductions.com/salinas 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.
· THROUGH JAN. 19
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 www.PaperWing.com. 905-5684.
"Times Laughing Stock: A Portrait of Thomas Hardy." At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at The Works, 677 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. A dramatic celebration of the novelist and poet to mark the centennial of the Wessex Edition of his works, written and performed by actor Howard Burnham. $10.
(803) 467-7267, www.howardburnham.com.
· JAN. 20-21
PacRep's SoDA program presents "Isak Dineson: Stories From 'Out of Africa' and More." 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Indoor Forest Theatre, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel. Features the work of Isak Dineson, author of "Out of Africa." In addition to excerpts from this well-known biographical work, the program presents selections from her stories and letters, as well asmoments in the life of this remarkable writer. Three local actresses — Julie Hughett, Susan Keenan, and Anne Mitchell — will portray Dineson. Free, donations welcome to support SoDA scholarship fund. www.schoolofdramaticarts.
· 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 www.goldenstatetheatre.com.
· JAN. 12, MARCH 19
Registration for the 2013 Spring Conservatory open. Programs within each conservatory vary by minimum age for participation and complexity of material. "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 www.arieltheatrical.org.
· 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, www.monterey.org/rec.
· JAN. 12 & 14
Wharf Theater auditions for "Pirates of Penzance." At 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the Bruce Arris Wharf Theater, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey. Call 649-2332 for details.
· JAN. 26-27
MPC Theatre Company auditions for "Les Miserables." Directed by Gary Bolen, vocal direction by Barney Hulse, musical direction by Dr. John Anderson, choreography by Susan Cable. Show dates: Thursdays-Sundays, July 25-Aug. 18. Needed: five principal men plus 10-15 featured and chorus; four principal women, plus 10-15 featured and chorus; two girls (Young Cosette and Young Eponine, ideally age 12 and older to play younger); one boy (Gavroche, ideally age 12 or older to play younger). All must be strong singers and actors (no non-singing roles) and be able to move well. Auditioners should prepare a song in the style of the show that strongly features your range. Auditions: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the MPC Music Hall and Choral Room, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Auditions are by appointment only, email Gary Bolen at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or Facebook posts. www.mpctheatre.com.
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.