Stage and theater calendar
"The Ultra Laugh Lounge": Starring comedians Joe Vespaziani, winner of the Seattle International Comedy Competition; Duane Goad, Comedy Central, writer/performer for MSNBC; Brad Upton, winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, along with special guests; 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $10; www.brownpapertickets.com; rated PG-13, some adult content.
"The Sugar Bean Sisters": Eric Lewis directs this simple story about romance, murder and alien abduction as the Nettle sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood with Willie going to Salt lake City to find a Mormon husband while Faye is waiting for the space people; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays Aug. 31 through Sept. 23 at the Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Tickets are $18:50 adults and $15.50 Seniors/Military. Call 206-533-2000 or brownpapertickets.com.
"Murder on the Nile": The Edmonds Driftwood Players presents this Agatha Christie mystery that takes place aboard a steamer, where honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom. Then tragedy strikes -- a murder on the Nile; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Sept. 7 through 23 at Driftwood Players, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 and $22. Call 425-774-9600 or www.driftwoodplayers.com.
"And Then There Were None": More Agatha Christie this time presented by Curtain Call Theatre and taking place in an island house as those guests inside each succumb to a diabolical avenger; opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and runs through Oct. 28 at Northshore Senior Center Stage, 10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell. Tickets are $15 and $12.50. Go to www.cctbothell.org or call 800-838-3006.
"Make 'Em Laugh": An original musical comedy about three high school teens who travel back in time to the world of Vaudeville and come to understand more about the present world and how they can change their own circumstances; 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 25 at RiverBelle Theatre, 1000 E Montgomery, Suite 240, Mount Vernon; $40 dinner and show; $30 plus tax for dessert only; call 360-336-3012 or go to www.riverbelledinnertheatre.com.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Island Shakespeare Festival on Whidbey Island opens its 2012 summer offering with one of the Bard's popular plays that includes a cast of Puck-punk'd lovers, an ethereal forest King and Queen of the fairies and their sweet minions, and some comedic brilliance provided by Bottom, the overconfident weaver, and his cohort "mechanicals"; this is a free bring-a-blanket-or-a-lawn-chair-and-a-picnic performance; curtain is at 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 26 at the Storyhouse Stage, 6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton; go to www.islandshakespearefest.org for more info or call 360-221-1710.
"The Pinter Festival": Two comedies by Harold Pinter, "Celebration" and "The Dumb Waiter" is a double-bill that kicks off the festival; through Aug. 26 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37.50 for adults. Call 206- 292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.
Intiman Summer Theater Festival: This is a new festival this year starting with four plays: "Romeo and Juliet," "Hedda Gabler," "Miracle!" and "Dirty Story." The artists are Dan Savage, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Andrew Russell and Allison Narver; performances through Aug. 26 at Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $30 each; Ticketmaster.com or 800-982-2787. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. More information at www.intiman.org.
"Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam": Vietnamese refugee, former gang member and rising Hollywood actor Trieu Tran tells his coming of age story in this autobiographical solo performance; at various times starting with an 8 p.m. preview Sept. 7 through Oct. 7 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 206- 292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.
"Gangsters of Love": This show gives a nod to the mobster days of the 1920s and 1930s only with acrobatics and dance moves and featuring comedian Frank Ferrante and aerialist Dreya Weber; dinner shows and matinees to Sept. 30, Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle. Dinner prices start at $106 (all ages) and matinee prices start at $86 (general). Call 206-802-0015 or dreams.zinzanni.org/.
"Improvapalooza!": Join award winning members of the Mountlake Terrace High School Improvisation Group as they put on a fundraiser for The Historic Everett Theatre. A night of comedy and music in all forms, including short films and improv comedy; 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Free but donations will be accepted at the door.
Red Curtain Productions: Auditions for the first show of the 2012-13 season; Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" about an out-of-work vaudeville team asked to reunite for a TV special but they hate each other. Performed Sept. 21 to Oct. 7 at the Historic Everett Theatre. To audition, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425.501.7604. Roles for seven actors.
Baylight Dinner Theatre is holding auditions for a production of "Back Home on the Tumblin' D" running December at The Baylight Dinner Theatre during the Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp. Three roles: a man aged 20 to 30; a man aged 45 to 65; one woman aged 40 to 55. Ability to play a musical instrument helpful. Actors will be paid a stipend. Auditions will be 2 to 5 p.m. Aug 26 and 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 by appointment. Prepare a monologue and a song. To schedule an audition, call the director, Tori Ritchey, at 360-652-2233.
Whidbey Playhouse is holding auditions for its holiday season production of "FruitCakes." Auditions are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 15, 2 p.m. Sept 16 and 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the STAR at the Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Call 360- 679-2237 or go to whidbeyplayhouse.com. The play opens Nov. 30.
Driftwood Players announce auditions for "The Music Man" noon Sept. 8 and 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at Driftwood rehearsal annex, 200 Dayton St., Edmonds. Parts for six women and five men (all ages) plus ensemble. Prepare a one-minute monologue and 32 bars of a song. Sign up for an audition online: www.driftwoodplayers.com or call 425-774-9600.
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