This is the calm before the theater storm. May is traditionally a quiet month as we gear up for the summer theater festivals.

But all is not lost. There are still a few shows opening and a fundraiser planned.

"Little Women" opens Friday and runs through July 26 at Hale Center Theater, Orem, 225 W. 400 North.

The musical version of the beloved classic by Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women" is about the four March sisters. With a powerful Broadway score, the sisters' writings, pranks, hopes and dreams come to life in a moving story for the whole family.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, with matinees available. Tickets are $11.50-$17.50 (801-226-8600 or www.haletheater.com).

"Esparanza Rising," Friday through June 13, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU, Provo.

Two countries, two cultures and two languages tell an inspiring story of a young Mexican immigrant, part of the Theatre for Young Audiences.

Shows dates and times vary, $7-$12 (801-422-4322 or www.byuarts.com)

"Get Down," Saturday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Salt Lake Acting Company, 168 W. 500 North.

This is a fundraiser for SLAC. There will be dancing, prizes and merriment with the stars of "Saturday's Voyeur." Enjoy great food from the New Yorker, dance in the disco world of 1978, and get down with comfort food from Blue Plate Diner. A $75 donation includes everything (363-0526 for tickets or www.saltlakeactingcompany.org for more information).


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