Stage calendar

Opera

Seattle

Seattle Opera: Puccini’s “Turandot,” the story of a bloodthirsty Chinese princess whose heart softens as she experiences true love. Performances through Aug. 18, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $25 to $209 at www.seattleopera.org or 800-426-1619.

Theater

Snohomish County

“Nunsense”: Rogue Theatrics is presenting this ribald comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who decide to hold a variety show to raise money to bury five sisters who accidentally met their end after their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, fed them a tainted batch of food; the show is filled with outrageous songs and slapstick comedy; evening performances 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 with a 2:30 p.m. show Aug. 19 at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $19.50 and $16.50. Go to www.roguetheatrics.com/ or call HET 425-258-6766.

“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 Festiva, 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.

Skagit County

“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.

Island County

“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

Seattle

“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.

“Rent”: This vital modern rock opera celebrates survival in the city of Manhattan and unleashes such hits as “La Vie Boheme,” “Take Me or Leave Me,” “One Song Glory,” and “Seasons of Love”; runs at various times through Aug. 19, The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Tickets start at $29. Call 206-625-1900 or go to www.5thavenue.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.

“Chaps!”: America’s favorite singing cowboys are saddled up to take the British airwaves by storm in 1944. Problem is: the crooners don’t show up. What’s the BBC to do? Shows at various times through Aug. 18, Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle. Enjoyable for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $22 to $37. Call 206-781-9707 or go to www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets.

“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/.

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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 auditionrcf@gmail.com 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 held 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.

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