Seattle Opera: The Young Artists Program presents “Don Pasquale,” by Donizetti. This humorous opera ends with love winning out over scheming. Gorgeous music. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 7, Meany Hall, University of Washington. Tickets are $55 for adults, $20 for students, at www.seattleopera.org or 800-426-1619.
Seattle Opera: Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” where cultures collide in passion, betrayal and love. Scheduled for May 5 to 20, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $25 to $209 at www.seattleopera.org or 800-426-1619.
“The Sleeping Beauty and Griffes”: Olympic Ballet Theatre with Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson presents a premier of highlights from “Sleeping Beauty” and a contemporary piece set to the music of American composer Charles Griffes. 2 p.m. April 14, Everett Performing Arts Center and 5 p.m. April 22, Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and students; and $20 for children under 10, at www.olympicballet.com or 425-774-7570.
“Kid Dance for Kids,”: A matinee production featuring “Sleeping Beauty” only is at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. April 13, Everett Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adult, $10 for children. Groups of 20 or more, $8.
“Celebrate Life”: In celebration of National Dance Week and International Dance Day, Reflections School of Dance Inc. and Youth Unlimited are sponsoring this dance performance featuring: Emerge Dance Company, Revolution, Dunamis Dance Teams and Ballet Pointe dancers from Reflections School of Dance. Special guest artists will be hula dancers and others; 7:30 p.m. April 28, PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Free or suggested donation of $15. For more information call Reflections School of Dance Inc., 425-338-9056 or www.reflectionsschoolofdance.com.
“Appolo-Carmina”: Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Ballanchine’s “Appolo” with music by Stravinsky paired with Kent Stowell’s “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff. April 13 to April 22. Tickets $28 to $168 at www.pnb.org or 206-441-2424.
Chunky Move: Making its Meany Hall debut, this Australian company is genre-defying and exciting. 8 p.m. April 12 to April 14, $39, uwworldseries.org.
“The Golden State”: In this raucous farce, Gertrude Hopper rules over her adult children and illegal servants with an iron fist and plans to marry off her son and farm out her daughter’s womb to a wealthy widow. Her plans run aground, however, as her children make a final, desperate bid for love and independence; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 22 at the Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Tickets are $18.50 and $15.50. Call 206-533-2000 or go to www.phoenixtheatreedmonds.com.
“You’ve Got Hate Mail”: This cabaret style event is a night of drinks, desserts, and hilarity where love “bytes” all as an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail left sitting on a desktop; 8 p.m. April 28, Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Tickets are $40 and $30. Call 866-332-8499 or www.comcastarenaeverett.com.
“Doubt, A Parable:” This fast-moving, 90-minute tale casts suspicion on a priest’s behavior and raises questions about moral certainty; most of the shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 6 to 21 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Tickets are $12 to $16. Call 360-221-8268, 800-638-7631 or online www.wicaonline.com.
“Freud’s Last Session”: Air raid sirens sound overhead, C.S. Lewis is a young and rising academic star and Sigmund Freud has invited him for tea. What could possibly come next? Join us for the West Coast premiere of the play that has touched the soul of New York audiences and brought them to their feet again and again; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday through April 21 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Tickets range from $22 to $37. Call 206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org.
“Cats”: It began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop and now is one of the longest running shows in Broadway’s history with classic songs such as “Memory”; opens 7:30 p.m. April 17 through 22 at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Call 206-467-5510, or online www.theparamount.com.
“The Pitmen Painters”: Art and class collide as a group of Northern English miners unexpectedly ascend to the top of the art world; previews begin 8 p.m. April 20; performances through May 20 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 206-292-7676 or online www.acttheatre.org.
“Damn Yankees”: This sinfully funny musical comedy is the story of an aging baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil so his beloved hometown team can beat the Yankees in the race for the pennant, with songs such as “Two Lost Souls” and the sultry “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets”; opens with previews April 21 and runs through May 20 at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Tickets start at $19. Call 206-625-1900 or go to www.5thavenue.org.
“First Date, A New Musical”: In co-production with The 5th Avenue Theatre, this story asks the question: Ever been on a date and wondered what the other person was thinking? This new musical comedy lets you peer inside the nervous and busy minds of two would-be lovebirds; shows at various times through May 20 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets start at $55. Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org.
“Caliente”: Teatro Zinzanni’s latest show is directed by Ricardo Salinas of “Culture Clash.” There’s a bit of a social commentary in this Latin-themed show that combines dinner, comedy, a bit of theater and incredible acrobatics; performances are Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at 5:30 p.m. with occasional Wednesday evening performances at 6:30 p.m. through June 10. Midday matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. on select Sundays, at Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., Seattle Tickets start at $106 at www.dreams.zinzanni.org or 206-802-0015.
“Deathtrap”: Sky Performing Arts in Monroe continues to hold auditions for “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin at Sky Valley Education Center, 351 Short Columbia St., Monroe by appointment. Prepare with a one- to two-minute monologue. Performances are May 4 through May 20 Roles available are: Sydney, middle-aged playwright; Myra, Sydney’s wife; Clifford Anderson, younger hungry playwright; Helga Ten Dorp, nosey neighbor; Porter Milgrim, detective. To set up an appointment contact the director Alexandra Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driftwood Players: Auditions for “No Sex Please, We’re British,” 10 a.m. April 7 at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Parts for four women and eight men. Prepare a 1-minute contemporary, comedic monologue. Sign up for an appointment at www.driftwoodplayers.com or call 425-774-9600.