Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
“THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE”
WHEN: through March 24
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Tony Award-winning story of six quirky competitors and three oddball adults in search of spelling bee glory. The musical production is presented by TownSquare Players. Schedule: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $23 adults, $20 seniors and students at 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
WHEN: March 8-16
WHERE: Cary-Grove High School, 2208 Three Oaks Road, Cary
COST & INFO: Tony Award-winning musical presented by the Cary-Grove High School Music Department. Story of Tevye, Golde and their five daughters as he tries to uphold Jewish traditions in an ever-changing political and social landscape. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. March 8-9; 2 p.m. March 10; 7 p.m. March 14; 7:30 p.m. March 15-16. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Tickets available in the front lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information: 847-639-3825.
WHEN: March 7-23
WHERE: McHenry County College Black Box Theatre, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: American classic by Thornton Wilder presented by McHenry County College. The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Schedule: 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23. Tickets: $15 general public, $10 MCC students, faculty/staff, seniors and alumni. Tickets and information: 815-455-8746 or email@example.com.
ST. PADDY’S DAY BASH
WHEN: 6 to 11 p.m. March 16
WHERE: Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District. Featuring Irish music played by a disc jockey, traditional Irish buffet and traditional Irish Step dance performances by the McNulty Irish Dancers. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children. Registration and information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org.
CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY
WHEN: 8 p.m. March 16
WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: The night will feature music from Athas, comedy from Bob Rumba and Irish dancers from The Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance. Tickets: $20 at 815-356-9212 or www.rauecenter.org.
WHEN: 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 16
WHERE: Woodstock VFW, 240 N. Throop St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Hosted by The Greater Fox Valley Chapter of USA Dance. Prize for St. Patrick’s Day best-dressed couple. Free Cha Cha lesson by Frank and Jackie Penze. Snacks, door prizes. Admission: $10 seniors and nonmembers, $8 members. Information: 847-639-8699 or www.dancefoxvalley.org.
WHEN: through April 27
WHERE: Old Court House Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Featuring the 26th annual Women’s Works, celebrating women’s creativity with a fine art exhibition, with a 7 to 9 p.m. March 16 artists’ reception. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, and multimedia by women artists from Northern Illinois and the Chicago area. Presented by the Northwest Area Arts Council. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 815-338-4525, www.oldcourthouseartscenter.com or www.naac4art.org.
“KISS ME KATE”
WHEN: through March 16
WHERE: McHenry West High School, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry
COST & INFO: Presented by the McHenry High School Theatre Department. The play takes place during a hot Baltimore summer in the 1940s when a theatrical troupe is preparing to open a musical production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Schedule: 7 p.m. March 15-16. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students available at the door. Tickets and information: 815-385-7077 or KellsAngie@dist156.org.
“LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL”
WHEN: 7 p.m. March 14-17
WHERE: Crystal Lake Central High School, 45 W. Franklin Ave., Crystal Lake
COST & INFO: Presented by Crystal Lake Central High School. Rated PG for infrequent coarse language and some suggestive dialogue. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students available online at www.d155.org/clc.
WHEN: March 14-16
WHERE: Marengo Community High School Auditorium, 110 Franks Road, Marengo
COST & INFO: Spring musical production of the Broadway classic presented by Marengo Community High School Theatre Department. Schedule: 7 p.m. March 14-15; 2 & 7 p.m. March 16. Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students. Come Friday for a reception. Tickets and information: 815-568-6511, ext. 1301.