THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY
Jan. 23: The Vermont Burlesque Festival: Granite City Showcase. An evening of campy, beautiful, sensual and sometimes humorous burlesque. For open-minded, fun-loving folks who want a night of over-the-top grown-up entertainment. Hosted by The Logger, Rusty DeWees, this 3-hour event promises a total of 20 acts. Doors open 7 p.m. for cocktails and live jazz; show starts 8 p.m.; after-party at Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen 11 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $25–30. barreoperahouse.org. vermontburlesquefestival.com.
Jan. 24:“M or F?” Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler presents a world-premiere benefit, the stage adaptation of popular book “M or F?” in a staged reading. A talkback with the actors and the book’s authors will follow the performance. 7 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Adults $12; students $6. 728-6464. chandler-arts.org.
Jan. 24: CD&FS Faculty and Student Works in Progress Showcase. Choreography by Hanna Satterlee, Isadora Snapp, Rosemary Leach, The New Crew and Evan Lewis. 7 p.m. Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier. Adults $10; children $5. Benefits floor fund. 229-4676. cdandfs.com.
Jan. 30: The Tell Off: Storytelling Tournament of Champions. Winning raconteurs of extempo vie for audience votes and cash prizes in the fourth annual competition. 7 p.m. Post 59 of The American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. $10. Proceeds benefit Waterbury Recreation. 244-7174. email@example.com. extempovt.com.
Feb. 2: “The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle.” Adaptation of the classic children’s story “The Little Engine That Could” with a lively, Broadway-style score and bright, engaging sets and costumes. Written and produced by ArtsPower. 10 a.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $6. 431-0204. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 6: Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night. Montpelier’s monthly comedy open mic. Sign-ups 7:30 p.m.; show starts 8 p.m. American Legion Post #3, 21 Main St., Montpelier. Free; donations welcome. Bob: 793-3884.
Jan. 25–26: General Auditions for 2015 Season at Lost Nation Theater. Actors, singers, movers ages 16 and up. Prepare two contrasting monologues and 16 bars of a song (optional) no longer than two minutes total. Bring headshot and resume. Roles open in most shows, some roles pre-cast. By appointment: Jan. 25, 1–4 p.m.; Jan. 26: 6–9 p.m. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Information and sign-ups: 229-0492. email@example.com.
Feb. 7: Auditions for Annual Kaleidoscope of Talent. Amateur vocalists, instrumentalists, comedians and dancers invited. Cash prizes awarded in four age groups. Show to be held on March 7. Benefit for Green Mountain United Way. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Spaulding High School auditorium, 155 Ayers St., Barre. Performer application available at gmunitedway.org/kaleidoscope.shtml.