Performing Arts

THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY

Nov. 20: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. With Schuyler Kepler, Cori Marnellos, Marlin Fish and Mike Lemme. Adult content. Every third Thurs., 7 p.m. Capitol Grounds. 27 State St., Montpelier. $5. 223-7800. capitolgrounds.com.

Nov. 20: LNT Aid! Vermont stars come out for Lost Nation Theater. Concert with talented and fun artists doing their remarkable respective things to raise needed funds for Lost Nation Theater. Great tunes, great laughs, great storytelling! With David Budbill, Patti Casey, Rusty DeWees, Jon Gailmor, Colin McCaffrey and George Woodard. 7:30 p.m. City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. $25. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org.

Nov. 21: Bueno Comedy Showcase! Featuring comedians Amy Richards, Matt Tarr, Annie Russel, Mike Lemme (NYC) and hosted by Sean Hunter Williams. Adults only, please. 8 p.m. Café Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. $6. seanhunterwilliams@gmail.com. espressobueno.com.

Nov. 22: The Perils of Mr. Punch. A Saturday puppet show series. This is hand-puppetry at its best in a style that has entertained children for centuries. The program also features live music, sing-a-longs, classic jokes and gags and audience participation. 2 p.m. The GRACE Building, 59 Mill St., Hardwick. By donation. 472-8987. moderntimestheater@gmail.com. moderntimestheater.com.

Nov. 22: Harlem Superstars at Hazen Union High School. Comedy basketball at its best! Dinner available before the game at concession stand. 7 p.m. Hazen Union High School, 126 Hazen Union Dr., Hardwick. $7 advance; $8 at door. Tickets available at Wolcott Elementary School, Hardwick Elementary School, Hardwick Union Bank, Town of Hardwick Town Clerk. 472-8010. erica@haccprevention.com.

Nov. 22: Laugh ‘til you die… Accident-prone and dangerously funny, Tom Murphy kicks the art of solo-performance into overdrive. A knock ’em dead, drag ’em out, laugh til you die, one man slapstick comedy show! 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30 p.m. Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. Adults $20; seniors $15; children $10. 244-5008. 244-5008. murph@murphclown.com. murphclown.com.

Nov. 24, 25: Central Vermont High School Initiative 10th Grade Presents Lysistrata. Contemporary translation of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes with Motown hits. Sexually explicit language. Nov. 24, 7 p.m.; Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Plainfield Opera House, Rte. 2, Plainfield. Free and open to the public. 454-1053.

Nov. 28: Stroke Yer Joke! Comedy open mic. Comics get 5 minutes each with a cap of 15 comics per show. Hosted by Sean Hunter Williams. Adults only, please. Sign-ups 7:30 p.m.; show starts 8 p.m. Café Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free, donations suggested. seanhunterwilliams@gmail.com. espressobueno.com.

Nov. 29: The Hobbit. Presented by the No Strings Marionette Company. Join Bilbo Baggins as he journeys through lavish settings accompanied by lovingly handcrafted marionettes into J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of imagination and adventure. 11 a.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $6. 728-6464. chandler-arts.org.

 

AUDITIONS

Nov. 23, 24: Auditions for Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Four to eight adults (stage ages 18 and up) will be cast to play 19 characters over nine scenes in this thoughtful, romantic and slightly surreal comedy. Those coming to audition should register in advance with the director and prepare a short monologue that best shows their stage presence (monologues from the play are available upon request). Monologues do not have to be memorized. Show dates are Feb. 5–8 and 12–15. Nov. 23, 1 p.m.; Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m. Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St. (Rte. 100), Waitsfield. Register: 793-4220. thespians19@gmail.com. valleyplayers.com.

Nov. 23, Dec. 7: Open auditions for M or F? Auditions for the stage adaptation of Chris Tebbetts’ and Lisa Papademetriou’s popular book M or F? No pre-registration is required. Just come either day with a 2-minute scene ready to perform for director Cher Laston and the writing team. Auditioners will be heard in the order in which they arrive. A plot summary of M or F? is available on Wikipedia. Show date is Jan. 4 and is part of Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler. Nov. 23, 4–7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2–5 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.