New Orleans Stages Calendar, April 28-May 1, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided -- Liz Lowry plays 'The Little Mermaid' in the Cutting Edge Theater's production. Based on the Disney movie of the same name, Ariel trades her vocal abilities for a chance to walk on dry land and pursue her true love. Tickets start at $22. The production runs through May 7. Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.

OPENING THIS WEEK

  • “DON QUIXOTE”: 7 p.m. Wednesday through May 22; Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. The NOLA Project mounts a new production of the tale of the Spanish knight and his practical sidekick Sancho Panza and their hilarious adventures through life. $24, $18 Backstage Pass holders, museum members and students. (504) 302-9117. nolaproject.com.
  • MUSICAL THEATRE ACTING SHOWCASE: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, also Thursday, May 5; Blackbox Theatre, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Annual performance by arts students. nocca.com.
  • “SEA OF COMMON CATASTROPHE”: 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through May 8; Catapult, 609 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. A multi-disciplinary performance inspired by a passage from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, intended to be a site-specific prelude to a new touring show about displacement, detritus and designer food. $10. artspotproductions.org.

NOW PLAYING

  • “DISNEY ON ICE — 100 YEARS OF MAGIC”: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Saturday; UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., New Orleans. Disney magic takes to the ice in this family-friendly show for all ages. $20 and up. (800) 745-3000. disneyonice.com.
  • “THE LITTLE MERMAID”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 7; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Based on the Disney movie, Ariel gives up her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch in exchange for legs to woo Prince Eric. $22 and up. (985) 649-3727. cuttingedgetheater.com.
  • “MY WAY — A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA”: 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show Saturday, 11 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m. show Sunday; BB’s Stage Door Canteen, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. This review of an American icon features more than 30 of Frank Sinatra’s most famous songs performed by a quartet accompanied by the Museum’s Victory Trio. Dining from The American Sector Restaurant + Bar. $30 and up. (504) 528-1943. nationalww2museum.org.
  • SENIOR ONE-ACTS FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Thursday, also Friday; Lower Depths Theater, Communications and Music Complex, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Sponsored by the Loyola Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the festival is presented by the graduating seniors as their final thesis. calendar.loyno.edu/event/cvngdqcmjs

OPENING SOON

  • “BRUNDIBÁR”: 7:30 p.m. May 14-15, also 3 p.m. May 15; US Freedom Pavilion, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. The children’s opera, a musical fable composed by Hans Krasa prior to WWII, was staged at Theresienstadt concentration camp. New Orleans Opera, collaborating with the museum, Temple Sinai Synagogue and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, present the opera. Special guest Ela Weissberger, the sole survivor of the original 55 performances at the camp, will be in attendance. $20, $18 museum members, $5 children. (504) 528-1944, ext. 213. nationalww2museum.org.
  • “DEBAUCHERY”: 7:30 p.m. May 11, The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Southern Rep presents the ongoing Soap Opera set in New Orleans about family drama. $10. southernrep.com/plays/debauchery.
  • “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”: 8 p.m. May 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays and May 19, 2 p.m. Sundays; Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Big business means big laughs in the clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder, with a tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser. $40, $38 seniors, $36 students/active military. (504) 461-9475 or 468-7221. rivertowntheaters.com.
  • “A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAM BALLET”: 9:45 a.m., May 13, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, this ballet is set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, choregraphed by Kenneth Beck and Kimberly Matulich-Beck. Part of JPAS Arts Adventure Series. $6. (504) 885-2000, ext. 206. jpas.org.
  • SPRING DANCE CONCERT: 7 p.m. May 5, also May 6-7; Lupin Hall, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Students at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts perform. nocca.com.

COMEDY/OPEN MIC

  • ALOHA BINGOH: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., New Orleans. Geneva Joy serves as emcee for monthly comedy games with prizes and performances of local comics. $5. (504) 592-7083. barredux.com.
  • AMATEUR OPEN MIC NIGHTS: 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theatre, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. Comedy Sportz competitive, clean, all-ages improvisation. $12 adults, $8 kids under 18. (504) 390-4958. nolacomedy.com.

COMEDY GUMBEAUX: 8:30 P.M. THURSDAYS, HOWLIN’ WOLF, 907 S. PETERS ST., NEW ORLEANS. OPEN MIC WITH SEASONED PERFORMERS. COMEDYGUMBEAUX.COM.

  • COMEDY NIGHT: 9 p.m., Saturdays, Twist of Lime, 2820 Lime St., Metairie. (504) 455-7775.
  • COMEDYSPORTZ: 8 p.m. Saturdays, NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., New Orleans. All-ages improv comedy show. $10 advance, $13 door. (504) 231-7011. comedysportzneworleans.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.
  • NOLA COMEDY HOUR OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Hi Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave. (504) 945-4446.
  • OPEN MIC NIGHT: 5 p.m., St. Rose Community Center, 608 Mockingbird Lane, St. Rose. Poetry and karaoke night. (504) 305-5138. stcharlesgov.net.
  • THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?: 9 p.m., Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club, 8140 Willow St., New Orleans. Sign up at 8 p.m. (504) 865-9190.

AUDITIONS/CASTINGS

  • COURT 13 CASTING: Production company and nonprofit based in New Orleans is casting in the style of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” seeing nonactors and locals interested in auditioning for two “very specific roles” in their next film: female Caucasian, age 30-40, a strong, hard-working mother with a twinkle in her eye and joy in her heart; and a male Caucasian, age 50-70, tall with angular facial features, a tough man whose hard life and rough exterior mask a trustworthy soul. No acting experience required. Anyone matching either description can send in a photo — a recent selfie, snapshot or family photo — and contact information to c13auditions@gmail.com. (504) 408-1685.
  • “JAMBALAYA”: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, JPAS rehearsal space, 5005 Bloomfield St., Jefferson. Director and writer Nancy Gregory has created a new book musical that pays tribute to the unique Cajun culture, music and dance. Dance auditions as a group from 10 a.m. to noon. Actor/singer audtitions begin at 1 p.m. individually. Prepare a 60-second monologue, Cajun accents preferred, and two contrasting vocal pieces with sheet music. Auditions will be scheduled only online. Performances at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette in early September. Rehearsal also will be held in Lafayette. Compensation will be provided by the producer. jpas.org/jambalaya.