Bare Stage Theatre
“Scrooge!” is the next production of the Bare Stage Theatre, Friday, December 28 through Sunday, December 30. Roseann Wilshere directs a cast of Anne Drake, Emily Crocker, Sharon Jarvis, Lynn Phelan, Rob Stupple, Peter James, Paul Kloegman and Tony Wilshire.
A little Christmas magic unfolds as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
Us Two and the Band features a tribute to Abba and Elton John Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29. “Mama Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Chiquitita,” “Sad Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Rocket Man” and more are on the docket.
Michael Walters as Dame Edna presents “Mouth of the Border,” a Broadway music and comedy spectacle Monday, December 31, with shows at 6 and 9 p.m.
Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are on the bill too.
Lakeside Little Theatre will hold auditions Saturday, December 29 for “Sweet Charity,” set to run March 22 to April 2.
Created by Bob Fosse for Gwen Verdon, this award-winning musical is a tender, poignant and always funny look at adventures, or rather misadventures, in the ways of love.
Barbara Clippinger is looking for three male leads, two of whom must sing; six to eight male actors for small parts, four female actors for leads, two of whom must sing and dance and one must sing. Also required are 10 to 14 dancers who sing, or singers who move.
Photographs of Huichols from San Miugel and San Andres, Jalisco by tapatio Luis Martinez and chaquira art from those indigenous pueblos will be featured at a New Year’s Eve dinner event titled “Spirits and Traditions of Mexico” Monday, December 31, 6 p.m. at Dharma Ajijic restaurant. Live music and a coctail reception for the artist. Reservations: 331-548-5332.
Mariachi at LCS
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista from San Diego, California, and Grupo Bella from Los Angeles, California return to the Lake Chapala Society for the fourth annual International Mariachi Concert, Saturday, January 5, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista reigns as San Diego’s finest mariachi band, having won numerous awards.
Made up of Grammy Award winning musicians, Grupo Bella from Los Angeles, is an almost all-female group that uses mariachi instrumentation to perform many different styles of music adding a modern twist to mariachi music while still preserving its essence.
Spirits at LLT
Peter King will direct Ken Yakiwchuk, Roger Larson, Johanna Labadie and Moonie King in “Ghosts,” the next production at Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT), with curtains rising January 11 to 20.
Considering it was written in 1881, it is amazing how Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” can still shock. Dealing with such issues as free love, euthanasia, sibling incest, religious hypocrisy and venereal disease, it is no wonder that the drama was greeted in its early years of production with such damning descriptions as “a dirty deed done in public.” Richard Eyre’s new adaptation thrillingly conveys the play’s devastating power.
“Ghosts” is an attack on conventional morality and on the results of hypocrisy. Ostensibly a discussion of congenital venereal disease, “Ghosts” also deals with the power of ingrained moral contamination to undermine the most determined idealism. Although the lecherous Captain Alving is in his grave, his ghost will not be laid to rest. The memorial that Helen, his conventionally minded widow, has erected to his memory burns down even as his son Oswald goes insane from inherited syphilis and his illegitimate daughter slips inexorably toward her destiny in a brothel.
The first Saturday and both Sundays are matinees, 4 p.m., and the evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, 250 pesos, available at the LLT box office, 10 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Thursday and one hour before curtain.