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The Lakeside Players will present George Batson’s modern gothic thriller ‘House on the Cliff’ beginning this weekend at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, across from Caesars Cove Haven. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, with $2-per-person discounts for groups of 10 or more. The cast includes Diane Altman (Karen Clayton), Marty Courtney (Dr. Lane), Marilyn Lyman (Jenny), Marylou Ambrose (Miss Pepper), Kim Van Orden (Ellen Clayton) and Mike Reynolds (Dr. Phillips).

THIS WEEK: NOV. 3 to 9, 2006

High School Musical, stage version of the Disney Channel’s hit movie. Performed by Backstage Studios, 161 N. Laurel St., Hazleton. Through Nov. 18 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Special Thursday performance Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. $13, $9 students. 455-5533 or backstagestudios.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s colorful musical about the biblical tale of Joseph and his 11 brothers. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $3 advance; $4 at the door. 270-2190.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the Halloween classic about the ungainly and avaricious schoolmaster who meets up with the Headless Horseman on a dark and stormy night. Applause Theater Company, 406 Main St., Duryea. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. $8. 457-4115.

The Final Houdini Séance, an authentic re-creation of a Victorian séance. Scranton Cultural Center Library, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight and Sunday at 8 p.m. $34.50. 344-1111.

Anti-Depressants, a night of original one-acts by local playwright Tom Flannery, examining the world of the theater, the nature of male friendship and the mystery of faith, with hilarious results. Performed by the Bracken Theatre Company at the Showcase Theater, 54 Tunkhannock Ave., Exeter. Through Nov. 11 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. 654-2555.

Six Characters in Search of an Author, Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello’s most famous work about a group of characters neglected by their author, who desperately want to come to life and tell their story. Performed by the Bloomsburg Players Theater at Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. $6, $4 seniors and students. 389-4340.

The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli and Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, two original plays by local playwright Tom Flannery. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Through Nov. 11 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. Matinee performance on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. $15. 344-3656.

The Rocky Horror Show, the creepy cult-classic rock musical accompanied by a live rock band. Performed by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts at the Strand Roller Rink, 110 West Blaine St., McAdoo. Tonight and Saturday at 10 p.m. $14, $10 students. 454-5451 or ptpashows.org.

Classical Variations, a performance by Ballet Northeast. Melberger Arts Center, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Saturday at 7 p.m. 239-2459 or balletnortheast.org.

House on the Cliff, George Batson’s modern gothic thriller about a lovely young heiress living with her stepmother and an austere housekeeper in an old mansion. Performed by the Lakeside Players at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville. Opens Saturday and continues through Nov. 18. Performances Fridays and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12. 226-6207.

FUTURE

The Secret Garden, a production by students at Bishop O’Hara High School, 501 Drinker St., Dunmore. Nov. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. $9, $5 students and seniors. 346-7541.

Assassins, Stephen Sondheim’s edgy musical that peers into the minds of notorious presidential plotters including John Wilkes Booth, Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Hinkley. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 10 to 19. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $15. 823-1875.

Cinderella, the magical fairy tale set to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Presented by the Wilkes University Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 10 to 19. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 408-4540

You Can’t Take It with You, the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by George Kauffman and Moss Hart about the slightly wacky Vanderhof family and the antics that ensue when their daughter brings her boyfriend’s rich parents home to meet the family. Performed by the Northwest Theatre Ensemble at Northwest High School, 243 Thorne Hill Road, Shickshinny. Nov. 11 at 3 and 7 p.m.; Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. $5, $3 students. 542-4126.

The Great Russian Swan Lake, the tragic romance performed by the Moscow Ballet with lavish costumes and scenery and an international cast of dancers supplemented by local performers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. $50, $35, $25. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical journey to 1920s Harlem through the Fats Waller songbook of tunes including “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. $20, $10 children. 389-4409.

The Poor of Scranton. Written in 1857 by Dion Boucicault as “The Poor of New York,” the play adapted the name and local references of whatever city it played. Set in 19th-century Scranton, this version is an adventure-filled romance that illustrates the skullduggery of greed, the rigors of poverty and the joys of love. Nov. 15 (SOLD OUT) to Dec. 10. Performed by the Northeast Theatre at the Hotel Jermyn, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Performances Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students. 558-1515 or thenortheasttheatre.us.

The House of Bernardo Alba, a powerful drama of seduction and betrayal set in rural Spain where a widow strives to contain the passions of her five unmarried daughters. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. $7, $4 seniors and students. 208-5900.

Murder by Indecision, performed by the Drama Club of Wyoming Valley West High School, Wadham Street, Plymouth. Nov. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. with a senior citizen preview Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. 779-5361.

The Odd Couple, Neil Simon’s comedy with a female version of Oscar and Felix, performed by the Misericordia Players. Walsh Auditorium, College Misericordia, 301 Lake St., Dallas Township. Nov. 16 to 18 at 8 p.m. Free. 674-6719.

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie’s thriller performed by the Drama Club of the Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. Nov. 17-18 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. 655-2836.

Subject to Change, a comedy in three acts performed by the Nuremberg Community Players. The Factory Theater, School and Apple streets, Nuremberg. Nov. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. $22 with dinner; $10 show only. 453-6430 or 454-0928.

Flamenco Ole! The Philadelphia-based dance group performs traditional flamenco along with contemporary works. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. 344-1111.

Mark Twain on Stage, John Chappell’s re-creation of the American author’s personal show as he toured the world spreading his witticisms and reading from “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. $20, $15, $10. 800-432-9382.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, a folk tale for all ages about a winged creature who falls from the sky and is befriended by children. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Nov. 24 to Dec. 21 with previews Nov. 20-21 at 7 p.m. Performances Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Additional shows Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 19-20 at 7 p.m. $22, $14 seniors, $9 students and children; $8 previews. 800-282-0283 or bte.org.

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed lovers, performed by the Aquila Theatre Company. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with a school performance at 10 a.m. $27.50, $22, $14. 826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Ballet Northeast. Short performances and readings in honor of the holiday season. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 25 on the hour from 1 to 4 p.m. 829-4210.

A Christmas Carol, an original holiday musical based on the Dickens classic with book and lyrics by Kevin Costley. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Nov. 25 to Dec. 17. Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Dinner served 90 minutes before showtime. 283-2195 or musicbox.org.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy of manners performed by the National Players Touring Company. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at North River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. $15, $7 students. 408-4540.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson’s holiday tale about a community’s Christmas play inadvertently starring the most disreputable kids in town – the Herdmans. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens Nov. 30 with a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Continues Dec. 1 to 10 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707.

Six Characters in Search of an Author, Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello’s most famous work about a group of characters neglected by their author who desperately want to come to life and tell their story. Performed by the University of Scranton Players at the McDade Center for the Literary and Performing Arts on campus. Dec. 1 to 10 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $8, $5 seniors. 941-4318.

Late Nite Catechism, one of the longest-running off-Broadway productions, which brings stand-up comedy and improvisation to catechism class. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. $35, $30. 325-4439.

We Need a Little Christmas, 19th annual community holiday show to benefit the Tunkhannock Public Library. Tunkhannock Area High School, 120 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. $5, $4 seniors advance; $1 more at the door. 836-1677.

The Duck Variations, a Brown Bag Theatre lunchtime presentation by David Mamet. About two elderly men whose simple musings turn to the meaning of life, the nature of knowledge and the need for companionship. Performed by the King’s Players at the King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 5 and 7 at 12:40 p.m.; Dec. 6 at 12:10 p.m. Free. 208-5900.

The Nutcracker, the full-length classic ballet performed by Ballet Northeast. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, South River and West South streets, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. 287-5802.

Pippin, national tour of the Broadway musical about Charlemagne’s oldest son wandering through the worlds of politics, love and war. Hershey Theatre, 15 East Caracas St., Hershey. Dec. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 9 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $20 to $55. 717-534-3405 or hersheytheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol, the traditional Dickens tale performed by a national touring company. Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport. Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $25, $15. 800-432-9382.

The Producers, the biggest Tony Award-winner in Broadway history about a down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and his mousy accountant producing the musical “Springtime for Hitler.” Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania and performed by a national touring company at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Dec. 15 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m. 342-7784 or broadwayscranton.com.

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol, a holiday family musical performed by the Pennsylvania Rep Company. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Dec. 15-16 at 8 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, $10 students. 420-2808.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for the Gaslight Theatre Company’s January production of Michael Hollinger’s dark comedy “Incorruptible.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, North River and West Union streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 20-21 at 6:30 p.m. All roles open. 824-8266 or gaslight-theatre.org.

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