Butterfield 8 Theatre Company brings back the Roaring '20s with a presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Bernice Bobs Her Hair." The fundraising event for the company takes place Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St. in Concord.
The $25 ticket price includes complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres as well as Fitzgerald's entertaining work.
The story follows Bernice who, while visiting her beautiful cousin decides to do something outrageous -- bob her hair. Butterfield 8 will employ a staged-reading style to present this tongue-in-cheek coming-of-age story, which features Jeremy Gallardo, Kerry Gudjohnsen, Donald Hardy, Peter McArthur and Becky Potter. For tickets, go to www.b8company.com.
A young princess with a rather modern sensitivity ignores a 20-year-old treaty requiring her to wed a certain prince and instead runs off to start a women's university. But her romantic prince will not be dissuaded and disguises himself as a woman and enrolls in her avant-garde institution, along with two friends. For lots of fun, not to mention wonderful tunes, follow the young couple as their story, and an interesting take on Darwin's theory of evolution, unfolds in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Princess Ida." Lamplighters Music Theatre presents the delightful musical Jan 25-27 at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center for the Arts with Jennifer Ashworth as Princess Ida. Call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
San Francisco's very own star of "Phantom of the Opera" returns in "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway: Songs of the Great White Way." The songfest highlights D'Ambrosio's journey from the Bronx to Broadway with many classics songs from The Great White Way.
The performance takes place Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at the El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. in Antioch. Call 925-757-9500 or go to www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
For a slightly different evening of music, try Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre on Jan. 26 as it presents Petty Theft, "the greatest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tribute Band." Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 8 p.m. Call 925-283-1557 or go to www.townhalltheatre.com.
The wickedly funny and slightly naughty "Disenchanted" inaugurates the newly formed OMG! Productions. Dedicated to presenting innovative, cutting edge and nontraditional shows, OMG! happily presents this new musical comedy Feb. 15-24 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
"This brand new musical comedy has played a selected number of cities over the last two years and will open off-Broadway in 2013," says OMG founder Ryan Cowles. "We are beyond thrilled to be able to present it at the Lesher Center."
Dennis Giacino and Fiely Matias, writer and director of the off-Broadway production respectively, will travel to Walnut Creek to stage the quirky show about favorite princesses and their not-so-happy-ever-after.
"This show has sold out in other productions, and I'm confident it will have the same success here," Cowles adds. The cast includes Lynda DiVito as Snow White, Suzie Shepard as Belle and Estelle Hernandez as Mulan. For mature audiences!
The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco announces auditions for "Sheherezade XIII," an annual showcase of nine original short plays.
Auditions take place Jan. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St. in San Francisco. Callbacks take place on Jan. 14 at the same location. Six-eight men and women aged 18 and over are needed. Rehearsals begin Feb. 23, with performances April 12-27 at the Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., San Francisco. Actors should send a headshot, resume and preferred 15-minute appointment time to Quinn.J.Whitaker@gmail.com. Write "Sheherezade Audition" in subject line. The audition consists of one contemporary monologue (comic preferred) and a possible reading from the script.
Contact Sally Hogarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.