New Orleans Stages Calendar for Sept. 3-10, 2015 _lowres

Photo by John Barrois -- The Mel Brooks classic stage and screen musical smash "The Producers" comes to Rivertown Theatres in Kenner, starting Friday at 8 p.m. Gary Rucker (left) stars as Leo Bloom, and Sean Patterson stars as failed impresario Max Bialystock.

  • “MARIE ANTOINETTE”: 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 20, Nims Black Box Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Regional premiere of the play about the French royal who was the reality star of her day. Pre-show dinner available at Press Street Station. $20 and up. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
  • “BE A NEW ORLEANIAN — A SWEARING IN CEREMONY”: 8 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays, through Sept. 26, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Jim Fitzmorris’ comic ride through what it takes to be a citizen of the Crescent City. A gala opening night includes pre-show performances and after-party. $20, $40 gala; (504) 638-6326. eventbrite.com/e/be-a-new-orleanian-a-swearing-in-ceremony- tickets-18005540055.
  • “ONCE ON THIS ISLAND”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert St., Slidell. A musical blend of Hans Christian Andersen and William Shakespeare with a bit of ancient Greece thrown in for good measure. $22 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • “MARY POPPINS”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 13; Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive, Slidell. The Walt Disney version of P.L. Travers’ book comes to musical life onstage, with chalk pavement pictures, dancing chimney sweeps and the magical governess. $25, $15 youth. (985) 641-0324. slidelllittletheatre.org.
  • AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, La Nuit Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. www.nolacomedy.com.
  • “NEUTRAL GROUND POETRY FORUM: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5110 Danneel St., New Orleans. (504) 891-3381.
  • “PAPER AIRPLANES”: 9 p.m. Sept. 10-12, 5 p.m. Sept. 13; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Lux et Umbra company presents Salvatore Mannino’s story of betrayal in New York City; part of the “Page to Stage — A New Play Festival.” $10 or $20 pass for three shows in the festival. (504) 298-8676. oldmarquer.com.
  • “ERRATA”: 7 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays, opening Sept. 10 through Sept. 20; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Lux et Umbra company presents the play based on Michael Allen Zell’s novel of the same name; part of the “Page to Stage — A New Play Festival.” $10 or $20 pass for three shows in the festival. (504) 298-8676. oldmarquer.com.
  • “THAT’LL BE THE DAY” A BUDDY HOLLY TRIBUTE: 8 p.m. Sept. 11-12, Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Jim Greer performs some of Holly’s biggest hits in the guise of the rocker himself. $22.50 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • “THE PRODUCERS”: 8 p.m. Fridays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; opening Sept. 11 through Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Mel Brooks classic stage and screen musical smash comes to Rivertown under the direction of Ricky Graham to open the playhouse’s season. $36 and up. (504) 461-9475. rivertowntheaters.com.
  • “FENCES”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, opening Sept. 11-27; Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. August Wilson’s memorable look into the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League home run king now a garbage collector. $20, $18 students/seniors. (504) 862-7529. anthonybeantheater.com.
  • KM DANCE PROJECT: 8 p.m. Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Sept. 13; Freeport-McMoRan Theater, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. An evening of dance includes works by three emerging New Orleans choreographers: Kesha McKey, Jarrewll Hamilton and Catherine Caldwell. $20 advance, $25 door, $15 students/seniors/members. (504) 528-3800. cacno.org.
  • “THE LITTLE MERMAID”: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15-17 and Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 2 p.m. Sept. 19-20; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Disney’s animated classic of the princess mermaid who longs to walk on land and falls in love with Prince Eric comes to life in this production. $35 up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
  • “THE VICTORY BELLES — SONGS THAT WON THE WAR”: 11:45 a.m. seating for buffet, 12:45 p.m. show; Wednesdays Sept. 16 through Nov. 25, opening night 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Tuesday, Sept. 15; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This show brings back the great songs of the Great War. $30 show only opening night; $40 matinee buffet; $65 dinner and show. (504) 528-1944 x 273. nationalww2museum.org.
  • “VIVARIUM”: 9 p.m. Sept. 17-19, 5 p.m., Sept. 20; Old Marquer Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Lux et Umbra company presents the dark and blisteringly funny work about a man on the brink of suicide and a serial killer who interrupts his attempt. Part of the “Page to Stage — A New Play Festival.” $10 or $20 pass for three shows in the festival. (504) 298-8676. oldmarquer.com.
  • “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES — BOB HOPE AND HIS ALL-STAR PACIFIC TOUR”: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show, Sundays, Sept. 18-27, Oct. 23-25, Nov. 6-8, 21-22; Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. $30 and up. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.

AUDITIONS

  • “THE SNOW QUEEN” BALLET: noon, Sept. 26, 3621 Florida Ave., Kenner. Jefferson Ballet Theatre and Jefferson Ballet Theatre II will hold auditions for a January production of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Male and female dancers ages 9-12 will audition from noon to 1:30 p.m., 13 and older from 1:30 p.m. Audition/class fee $15 for those not registered with Jefferson Ballet School. (504) 468-1231. jeffersonballettheatre.com.