· JAN. 20-21
PacRep's SoDA program presents "Isak Dineson: Stories From 'Out of Africa' and More." 2p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, and 7:30p.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 as moments 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.org.
· THROUGH JAN. 19
The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Avenue Q." Continues at 8p.m. Fri-Sat through Jan. 19 at the Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Ave., Monterey. Winner of the Tony "triple crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Whitty and Jeff 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 and Kayla Ciudad as Gary Coleman, directed by Koly McBride. $25 general, $22 seniors, students and military, available at www.PaperWing.com. 905-5684.
· JAN. 25-FEB. 9
Paper Wing Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years." Opens at 8p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; continues at 8p.m. Fri-Sat through Feb. 9 at the intimate Gallerie Theatre at Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Ave., Monterey. The play explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage) and Jamie's is told in chronological order. Features Nicholas Kelly and Devon Moody- McSherry, directed and musical direction by Eric N. Johnson. Reservations at 905-5684. www.PaperWing.com.·JAN.25-FEB. 16
Stardust Playhouse presents "Parallel Lives" by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. Opens at 8p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; continues at 8p.m. Fri-Sat through Feb. 16 at Stardust Playhouse, 2115 N. Fremont St., Suite C, Monterey. Directed by Judie Swartz and featuring Carolyn Janis and Renee Ladle Infelise. With boundless humor, "Parallel Lives" re-examines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods — or in this case, goddesses. For mature audiences. $15, available at stardustplayouse.com and 402-8940.
· JAN. 31-MARCH 3
PacRep Theatre's SoDAonStage program presents "Legally Blonde The Musical." Two discount previews at 7:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1; opens at 7:30p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; continues at 7:30p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2p.m. Sundays through March 3, at the Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel. Features Sydney Duncheon as "Elle Woods," 40 performers, two canine performers, and a live rock band under the direction of guitarist Don Dally. Directed by Stephen Moorer, choreography by Lara Wheeler Devlin. General admission single tickets from $7.50 to $28; discounts for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers and active military, available at 622-0100, online at www.PacRep.org or at PacRep Box Office, 11a.m.-4p.m. Tue-Sat. "Two for One" discount on general admission available for Thursday night performances.
· JAN. 19-20
Auditions for Stardust Playhouse production of Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." Noon-3p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Stardust Playhouse 2115 N. Fremont St., Monterey. Needed: one man in 50s-60s; one man in 30s-40s; one woman in teens, early-20s; one woman in her 30s. Directed by Renee Ladle Infelise.402-8940.
· 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: Thu-Sun, 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: 10a.m.-1p.m. and 2-5p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 1-5p.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.
· FEB. 5
Monterey Public Library presents Howard Burnham's "Dearest Jane." At 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Library Community Room, Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. A one-man show written and performed by Howard Burnham celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's enduring classic "Pride and Prejudice." For ages 16-up. Free, but reservations required at 646-3949 or by email, email@example.com.
· MARCH 19
Registration for the 2013 Spring Conservatory open. Programs within each Conservatory vary by minimum age for participation and complexity of material. "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.
· APRIL 5
Monterey Recreation Dept.Theater for Kids 3-3:45p.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 Street, 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.
The Western Stage seeks volunteers in its technical and front-of-house departments. Call 755-6988 or 755-6981, or see wwww.westernstage.com.
PacRep's School of Dramatic Arts (SoDA) after-school theater classes. For ages 4 through high school, offering acting, singing, dance and performance opportunities. Classes held at the Indoor Forest Theater in Carmel. www.SchoolOfDramaticArts.org. Gracie Poletti, SoDA program director, 622-9175.
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.