A musical version of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale, “Pinocchio,” is the final Youth Series play in Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2013-14 season, opening on Friday in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. Shows will run from April 18-27. Thursday and Friday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday shows will begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. No performances will take place April 20. Two performances for schools will take place Thursday, May 1. Tickets are $15, and $10 for children 12 and under.
TheatreFest at NCSU
N.C. State University has announced its 2014 TheatreFest series. Season tickets are $39, any two performances are $29, adult tickets are $17, senior citizen/student tickets are $15, and NCSU students are $5. Find a full schedule at NCSU.edu/theatre/theatrefest.
Overworked, underpaid, stressed-out advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding and awakes to find himself in the company of Polly Perkins, a 1920s Flapper girl conjured straight out of his current advertising campaign. Another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, and the wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos. Friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived in-laws abandon the wedding. Performance dates run from May 29 to June 13.
•Walking Across Egypt:
Mattie Rigsbee has as much business keeping a stray dog as she would walking across Egypt–which is also the title of her favorite hymn. She’s an independent, strong-minded senior citizen who is afraid she is slowing down and no longer needed. When teenage delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering cornbread. Play runs from June 5 through 22.
•Death by Design:
Mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha Christie, and you have a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. A playwright and his actress wife flee London after a disastrous opening night. They meet with a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue and a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide to solve the crime. Play runs from June 19 through 29.
Short Fiction Award
The Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab is accepting applications for its annual Short Fiction award. The scholarship is given to three N.C. high school juniors who submit the most outstanding piece of original short fiction. Application deadline is May 5. For information, email BMcFarland@wade.org or visit wade.org.