“ONCE UPON A MATTRESS”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre presents the Broadway smash based on the classic fairy tale of “The Princess and the Pea,” with memorable characters like Queen Aggravain, Prince Dauntless and a girl named “Fred.” Shuttle available from Diboll garage on Ben Weiner Drive. $30 and up. (504) 865-5269. www.summerlyric.tulane.edu.
AUDACITY DANCE COLLECTIVE: 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. A dance concert exploring the connection of visual art to movement. Exhibiting art from local artists, while transposing their work into a moving, breathing piece of art. The concert will also feature work from local choreographers. (504) 405-8419. www.dancewithaudacity.com.
“9 TO 5 The MUSICAL”: 8 p.m., opening Friday through July 26, Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. With music by Dolly Parton, this production follows three female employees of a 1970s office conglomerate and leads to ultimate revenge. $25, $15 students. (985) 892-9767. www.playmakersinc.com.
“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”: 7:30 p.m., opening Saturday through July 25; running Thursday to Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, July 25; Lupin Theater, Dixon Hall Annex, Tulane University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Shakespeare Festival presents Oscar Wilde’s immortal satire about deception, love and social decorum. $25, $20 seniors, $15 students. (504) 865-5106. www.neworleanshakespeare.org.
“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, Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. $3 and up. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.
THE VICTORY BELLES PRESENT AMERICA’S WARTIME SWEETHEARTS: 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, the Stage Door Canteen at the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. A tribute to the Andrews Sisters. $40. (504) 528-1943. stagedoorcanteen.org.
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. www.neworleansshakespeare.org.
“INCARNATE”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday through July 22, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Tulane Lab Theater, McWilliams Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Fusing Shakespeare’s words with live music, soundscapes, song and movement, the show tells the story of a woman as she reflects on the love of her life, reconciling her memories. Directed by Chaney Tullos. May not be appropriate for children under 13. Produced in partnership with Compleat Stage. $15, $12 seniors and students. (504) 865-5105. www.neworleansshakespeare.org.
“PINOCCHIO”: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. through Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday; noon Sunday; Lagniappe Stage, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Ricky Graham’s “Pinocchio” takes to the stage through Patchwork Players’ production of the classic story of the wooden boy. Audience participation and a lucky Jiminy Cricket are all part of the fun. $8.50. (504) 461-9475 or (504) 468-7221. www.rivertowntheaters.com.
ROB BELL “EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans. Rob Bell makes surprising connections between the universe and life, showing how science and spirituality are long-lost dance partners. $25 and up. bit.ly/RobBellNOLA.
“THE TEMPEST”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 18, plus 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13. The Bard of Stratford-Upon-Avon’s words come to life again, this time in the form of “The Tempest.” Promethean Theatre Company and In Good Company stage Shakespeare’s drama about the machinations of the dispossessed. $15. The Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., New Orleans. www.tempestnola.brownpapertickets.com/
“PETER PAN”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, July 16-26, and Wednesday, July 22; 2 p.m. Sundays and Saturday, July 25; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. The Broadway classic of the boy who never grew up flies onto the stage in this musical production. $37; $35 seniors; $32 students and active military. (504) 461-9475.
“RIDING HALLEY’s COMET”: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, July 10-19; 3 p.m. Sundays; Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Premiere of an original play by Ann McQueen about living with parents with mental illness. Produced by Lioness 23 Theatre initiative in partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness. $35, $25 NAMI members. (504) 488-1460. midcitytheatre.com.
“ENCORE AZNAVOUR”: 8 p.m. July 13-14, Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Celebrate Bastille Day with the music of Charles Aznavour, with Heidi Melancon, Dr. Hector Ventura and Philip Melancon. $25 VIP reserved, $20 general admission. (504) 488-1460. midcitytheatre.com.
“DEBAUCHERY”: 7:30 p.m., July 15, Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Fifth anniversary for Pat Bourgeois’ New Orleans live soap opera about Uptown snobs with a “downtown” Mom. $10. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
“BUFFY THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24-26, Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” takes to the stage with song. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
“TREK-A-GO-GO”: Part 1 — 7:30 p.m., July 28; Part 2 — 7:30 p.m. July 29; Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. “Star Trek” fans join in a live reading of a double-episode version from “The Next Generation” — Unification Parts 1 and 2. $15. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.
“KINGDOM OF EARTH”: 8 p.m., Fridays through Sundays, July 31 to Aug. 16; Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, 6200 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The new Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans presents this dark, comic thriller about two half-brothers and one’s wife trapped in a Mississippi Delta farmhouse on the eve of a flood. $25, $20 students, seniors. VIP packages for opening night. (504) 264-2580. www.twtheatrenola.com.
JPAS SEASON AUDITIONS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society holds auditions for adults 17 and over for “My Fair Lady,” “Rigoletto,” “Sister Act,” “Light in the Piazza” and “Mary Poppins.” Sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aada82cabf94-38th1 or email email@example.com.
“SIMPLY IRMA”: 2 p.m., Saturday, Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. Auditions for a female singer/actress ages 16-25 to play the role of young Irma Thomas, scheduled for November. Appointments required. Singer must be prepared to sing two contrasting songs and perform two contrasting monologues. Photo and resume also. (504) 862-7529. www.anthonybeantheater.com.
“MARY POPPINS”: 6 p.m. Sunday, Slidell High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Slidell. Slidell Little Theater will be presenting the regional premiere of the stage version of the classic Disney story. Bring 16 bars of “upbeat Disney Broadway music.” (985) 643-0556. slidelllittletheatre.org.
“ONE SLIGHT HITCH”: 7 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Road, Covington. It is Courtney’s wedding day and everything is perfect. Then the doorbell rings and all hell breaks loose. The cast calls for three males (charming, eccentric, conservative father in his 50-60s; and two early 30s) and three females (one early 30s and her late teens daughter, plus an attractive but psychotic 20-something female nurse). The show runs from Sept. 4-20. (985) 892-9767. www.playmakersinc.com.