Theater

Professional/semi-professional

Altar Boyz

A group of boys with angelic voices, divine dance moves & lots of hair gel forms a Christian boy-band. Closes 5/22. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $25.

Art Three friends wind up in conflict over a very expensive piece of art. Closes 6/5. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; Box Office: 215-654-0200. $27-$33.

At the Hand of My Mother An unsentimental portrait of the deaf community's struggle to communicate & exist on its own terms. Closes 5/21. Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd St.; 800-838-3006, http://www.atthehandofmymother.com. www.atthehandofmymother.com. $20; $15 students & seniors.

Cape May Stage: Say Goodnight Gracie Joel Rooks portrays comedy legend George Burns as he reminisces about his life. Closes 6/18. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $35-$50; $30-$50 seniors; $12.50-$50 students.

Dividing the Estate A quirkily dysfunctional family must put their heads together to deal with an impending financial crisis. Closes 6/5. People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern; 610-644-3500. $25-$45; $25-$42 children 17 and under.

Druid Theatre of Galway: The Cripple of Inishmaan A group of island residents catch Hollywood fever. Closes 5/22. Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; Box Office: 215-893-3900. www.druidtheatre.com. $20-$50.

Flashpoint Theatre Company: Phoenix Touching romantic comedy about an unconventional romance. Closes 5/28. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 215-665-9720. www.flashpointtheatre.org. $15-$20.

How to Kill a Child and a Demon Love's Recycled Love Productions presents this play that takes a closer look into mental health. Closes 5/22. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; 267-632-7815. $12 advance, $20 day of show; $12 students with ID.

Jammins & Tavon's Entertainment: Loving Him is Killing Me A lonely woman struggles with temptation when her daughter brings her boyfriend home. Angie Stone & Tyson Beckford star. Closes 5/22. University of the Arts - Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $39-$58.

Little Women Musical adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel. Closes 5/22. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $41-$43; $15 students 25 and under.

Mistaken Charity A dark absurd comedy adapted by Stan Heleva from the writing of Mary E Wilkins & Sarah Orne Jewett. Closes 5/21. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $20.

My Wonderful Day A cleaning woman brings her daughter to work one day, where the girl witnesses a messy love affair. Closes 6/19. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $36-$55; $31-$55 seniors; $18-$55 students.

Paint the American Eagle Catherine Dickens' account of her six-months journey to America with husband Charles. Closes 5/21. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 800-595-4849 (4TIX). 1shotproductions.org. $15.

Philadelphia Theatre Company: Ruined Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a woman trying to keep her customers peaceful during civil war. Closes 6/12. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.

PIFA: Wanamaker's Pursuit A young American arrives in turn-of-the-century Paris on business, but finds himself caught up in Parisian society. Closes 5/22. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St. www.pifa.org. $29-$48.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair The story of one family's trip to the state fair. Closes 5/22. Washington Crossing State Park - Open Air Theatre, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; Box Office: 609-737-4323. $15; $10 children 12 and under.

Saturn Returns By Noah Haidle. Theatre Exile at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. $15-$40.

Sleeping Beauty Wakes A mysterious new patient arrives at a modern sleep disorder clinic, & soon all patients start sharing the same fairy tale dream. Closes 6/5. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $20-$75.

String of Pearls The story of a pearl necklace that connected the lives of a group of friends & family. Closes 5/21. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Ln.; Box Office: 215-248-0546. $18 advance; $20 day of show.

The Bridge Club Two strangers meet on a bridge & discover life still holds some things worth living for. Closes 5/29. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $45.

The Who's Tommy Rock opera about a traumatized boy with a talent for pinball. Closes 5/22. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $49; $44 seniors; $27 children.

Theatre Exile: Saturn Returns An elderly man uses his sense of humor to cope with the many losses he's suffered through life. Closes 5/22. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.; 215-218-4022. www.theatreexile.org. $25-$32; $20-$25 seniors; $15 students.

Thunder From Down Under All-male revue. Closes 5/25. Sellersville Theater 1894, Main St. & Temple Ave., Sellersville; 215-257-5808. www.thunderfromdownunder.com. $25-$40.

Vigil Black comedy about a man who travels to the bedside of his ailing aunt, with missteps & misunderstandings ensuing. Closes 6/12. Lantern Theater at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th & Ludlow Sts.; 215-829-0395. $20; $10 students.

Family theater

American Theater Arts for Youth: The Wizard of Oz

Musical adaptation of the popular book by L. Frank Baum. Closes 5/22. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-563-3501.

. $12.75-$15.

Enchantment Theatre Company: The Adventures of Harold & the Purple Crayon Stage adaptation of Crockett Johnson's beloved picture books. Closes 5/22. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; 215-893-1999. www.enchantmenttheatre.org. $29; $25 seniors and students; $17 children.

Family Stages: Cinderella Fresh version of the well-loved story. Closes 8/11. Christ's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland; Family Stages shows take place here: Family Stages: 215-886-9341. www.familystages.org. $9.

Guys & Dolls, Jr. A gambler sets out to romance a girl based on a bet he made, but he winds up in over his head. Closes 5/29. Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton; 215-723-9984. $10; $8 seniors and children.

Peter Pan Stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic story. Closes 5/21. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children.

Snow White A girl hides from an evil queen with the assistance of some little miners. Closes 5/28. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $12; $10 children.

The Flea & the Professor A man sets off on a series of adventures w/the friendly flea who lives in his vest. Closes 6/12. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-1122. $30-$32; $20-$22 teens; $16-$18 children.

The Little Mermaid Ariel, a 16 year old mermaid princess, is tired of life under the sea & curious about the human world on land. Closes 5/21. Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman; Box Office: 856-384-8381. $7-$9.

Community theater

A Streetcar Named Desire

Blanche Du Bois is a faded Southern belle driven to madness by her animalistic brother-in-law. Closes 5/21. Colonial Playhouse, Ridley Ave., Clifton Heights; Box Office: 610-622-5773. $11-$12; $6 children 11 & under.

All in the Timing Six one-act comedies from the pen of David Ives. Closes 5/21. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8139. $20.

Chicago Musical about a pair of "merry murderesses" competing for news headlines. Closes 5/21. Burlington County Footlighters, 808 Pomona Rd., Riverton; 856-829-7144. $18.

Hairspray the Musical! Based on John Waters' cult classic film. Closes 5/29. Nazareth Academy High School, 4001 Grant Ave. $10 advance; $12 day of show.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Off-Broadway's longest-running hit takes a comically musical joyride through the mating game. Closes 5/28. Wilmington Drama League, 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-764-1172. $18; $15 students & seniors; $9 children.

Into the Woods Composer Stephen Sondheim's offbeat take on various fairytales. Closes 5/21. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245.

Noises Off 'Noises Off' is Michael Frayn's inventive backstage farce. Closes 5/21. United Methodist Church - Narberth Community Theatre, 206 Price Ave., Narberth; Box Office: 610-352-4823. $14; $12 seniors & youths.

Rent 'Rent' is Jonathan Larson's powerful, Tony-winning rock opera based on Giacomo Puccini's opera 'La Bohème'. Closes 5/21. Barn Playhouse, Rittenhouse Boulevard, Norristown; Box Office: 610-539-2276 . $17; $15 students and seniors.

StarPower 2011 Talent competition. Closes 5/22. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-0100. $15-$20.

The Full Monty A group of unemployed men try to raise some cash by putting on a strip show. Closes 5/22. New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-475-2313. $55; $32 children 4-12.

The Nerd A young architect is visited by a man he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. Closes 5/21. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-1079, mnplayers1@yahoo.com. mnplayers.org. $12, $9 seniors & students advance; $14, $11 students & seniors day of show.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

A Special Concert for Special Children

Proceeds from this event will support Valley Forge Education Services' programs for children with special needs Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd., Malvern; Registration required: 610-647-4400 x3241. $50-$125. 5/20. 7:30 pm.

Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: Lifetime Achievement Award Gala Gala honors music legends Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. Dinner, dancing, silent & live auctions. 215-545-5451 x29. Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.; 215-545.5451 x29. www.chamberorchestra.org/concerts/gala2011.php. $300-$10000. 5/21. 6 pm.

Charity Performathon Young musicians will play for the public to raise funds for the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House charity. Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave. Free.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra: Classical V Works by Wagner & Sibelius, w/soloists to include Martina Filjak, pianist. Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington; 800-374-7263. www.delawaresymphony.org. $27-$57.

Honor Awards: Recital & Ceremony Music School students perform. The Music School of Delaware, 4101 N. Washington St., Wilmington; 302-762-1132. 5/25. 6 pm.

iPalpiti Orchestra String Orchestra of international laureates. Temple University - Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad St.; Liacouras Center Box Office: 800-298-4200. www.youngartists.org/palpiti.htm. $15. 5/21. 7:30-10 pm.

Jason Webley Accordionist from the U.K. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.; 267-671-9298. www.jasonwebley.com/. $8. 5/22. 6 pm.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Mahler 3 Mahler sought to capture the essence of nature in his towering Symphony No. 3, composed during summers in his mountain retreat. From the flowers of the meadow to the majesty of the heavens, a universe of feeling and experience awaits. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. www.njsymphony.org. $20-$82. 5/20. 8 pm.

PCMS Concert: Thomas Zehetmair, Violinist Acclaimed Austrian violinist performs works by Bach & Hartmann. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-569-8080. www.pcmsconcerts.org. $23. 5/20. 8 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra Concert Series: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Recorded footage of the Kimmel Center concert, enhanced w/behind-the-scenes segments & expert insights. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. $20.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 W/the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Charles Dutoit conducts works by Beethoven & Stravinsky. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.philorch.org. $47-$132.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: 16th Annual Festival Concert Featuring the music of Rossini, Schubert, Faure & Prokofiev. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.pyos.org. $18. 5/22. 7:30 pm.

Philmore Ensemble The Philmore Ensemble will be performing music by three composers for this performance. Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square $15. 5/21. 8 pm.

PRYSM (Philadelphia Regional Youth String Music) The newest ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. 215-545-0502. Our Mother of Good Counsel, 31 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr; 215-545-0502. www.pyos.org. $15; $10 students and seniors; free for children 13 and under. 5/21. 2-4 pm.

Settlement Music School & Temple Prep Student Concert Chamber music concert. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free. 5/20. 5:30 pm.

Songs of Love: Miguel Angel Alvarado in Concert A portion of the proceeds will support Old First's Wellspring social service programs. 267-255-9151. Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, N. 4th St. at Race St.; 267-255-9151. $20 advance; $25 day of show; $15 seniors; $10 children. 5/22. 3 pm.

This Way to the Egress "Old-time Gypsy punk" with a steampunk flavor. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.; 267-671-9298. www.myspace.com/egressthisway. $7. 5/24. 9 pm.

Three Doors Down Hailing from Escatawpa, MS, 3 Doors Down, burst onto the scene with its debut album, 'The Better Life,' which included the hit song 'Kryptonite.' The group is now hitting the road to support its newest work, 'Away From the Sun.' Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden; 877-598-8696. www.3doorsdown.com/. $49.50-$75. 5/22. 1 pm.

Opera/Choral

Amici Opera: Charpentier's Louise

Ambrosie Charpentier's opera 'Louise.' 215-224-0257. Tabor Lutheran Church, 4860 N. Howard St.; 215-224-0257. $22 advance; $25 day of show; $22 seniors; $15 students; $10 children under 12.

Bryn Athyn Community Theater: Princess Ida 'Princess Ida' is a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn. www.bact.org. $12-$15; $9-$12 students.

Choir Festival in Praise of Our Lord The choirs of Aston Presbyterian Church and Middletown Presbyterian Church will present a free concert. Middletown Presbyterian Church, 273 Old Middletown Rd., Media; 610-565-4080. Free. 5/22. 6 pm.

Christopher Dock Touring Choir Auditioned group of junior & senior high school students. Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford; 215-256-3020. Free. 5/22. 10:15-11:30 am.

Christopher Dock Touring Choir Auditioned group of junior & senior high school students. Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton. Free. 5/22. 7 pm.

Greater Philadelphia Chorale: Music From Around the World Featuring music from Great Britain, france, Korea, China & the U.S. Grace Episcopal Church, 313 Main St., Langhorne. www.gpchorale.com. Donations accepted. 5/24. 7:30 pm.

Music in the Parks Schools from all over the tri-state area compete in band and choir while enjoying two days Morey's Piers. Morey's Piers & Raging Waters, 25th St. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-522-3900. Included in admission.

Oh the Place We have Been: Fifth Anniversary Concert PVOP will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a retrospective of their most popular performances. Church of St. Luke & the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th St. $20. 5/21. 8-10 pm.

Pennsylvania Girlchoir 100 girls ages 7-17 from four counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. Pleasantville United Methodist Church, 3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont. www.pagirlchoir.org. Free. 5/22. 2-4 pm.

Philadelphia Bach Festival Cantata Series These are short 30 minute concerts of the appropriate Cantata of the week as a leadup to the Bach Festival Weekend. All of these short concerts will be performed by Philadelphia's finest baroque singers and instrumentalists St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St. Donations accepted.

Phyllis Chapell Singer/guitarist & pianist. Tin Angel at Serrano, 20 S. 2nd St.; 215-928-0978. $10. 5/26. 8 pm.

Princeton Pro Musica: Vaughan Williams' 'A Sea Symphony' Orchestral & choral ensemble directed by Frances Fowler Slade. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-5000. www.princetonpromusica.org. $25-$55. 5/22. 3 pm.

St. Michael Choir School Senior Choir 120-voice boys choir from the St. Michael Choir School in Toronto, Canada. Philadelphia Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut St. Donations accepted. 5/20. 12 pm.

St. Michael Choir School Senior Choir 120-voice boys choir from the St. Michael Choir School in Toronto, Canada. Church of the Redeemer, 220 Pennswood Road, Bryn Mawr; 610-525-2486 x22. $20; $10 students and seniors; free for children 12 and under. 5/21. 7:30 pm.

VOICES: Northern Lights Music from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark & Iceland. 609-637-9383. Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Main St., Pennington; 609-637-9383. $20; $10 children 12 and under; $45 family pass. 5/20. 8 pm.

VOICES: Northern Lights Music from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark & Iceland. 609-637-9383. Anchor Presbyterian Church, 980 Durham Rd. (Rte. 413), Newtown; 609-637-9383. $20; $10 children 12 and under; $45 family pass. 5/22. 3 pm.

Dance

Animus

World music fusion. Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126.

. $18. 5/21. 8 pm.

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba Renowned company that performs a mix of classical & contemporary dance. University of the Arts - Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-893-1999. $16-$51.

Israeli Dancing Informal weekly dance sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 ext. 19. $5.

Loca Latin Dance Party Dance lessons, music by DJ Clave, Zumba show, & performances by visiting Latin dance teams. KatManDu, 50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton; 609-393-7300. $8.

PhillyBloco Modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, with their large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment, PhillyBloco is comprised of 12 drummers, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, horn section, accordion and Brazilian dancers. It performs a mash-up of samba, funk, reggae and more made popular by both Brazilian and non-Brazilian artists including Olodum, Timbalada, Monobloco, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. phillybloco.com/about-the-music. $15. 5/21. 8 pm.

Salsa Lessons & Dancing Dance lessons followed by open dancing w/DJ Rombero spinning salsa, merengue & baccata. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

Shut Up & Dance A benefit performance by The Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; Telecharge: 800-447-7400. $50-$100. 5/21. 8 pm.

Spring Performing Arts Night & Dance Concert Area high school students perform excerpts from musicals & stage shows. Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Rd., Bryn Athyn. www.ancss.org. Donation suggested: $3. 5/20. 8 pm.

Taina Asili Asili, Vaccaro and Goltz perform flamenco music and dance at Crossroads. Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th St. & Baltimore Ave.; 215-729-1028. $10; $5 children 12 and under. 5/25. 7:30 pm.