Arts scene: Alaska Junior Theater, 'Of Mice and Men' and ABBA

Arts Reporter
Perseverance Theatre is bringing its superb production of the play "Of Mice and Men" to the Sydney Laurence Theatre
Alaska Junior Theater presents a Dallas Children's Theater's production of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.'

Hog humor

Alaska Junior Theater will present two rollicking public performances of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," based on the popular book by Caldecott honorees Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. This hour-long production by Dallas Children's Theater, presented in Atwood Concert Hall, melds folktale and high drama, puppets and music. Hear the wolf's side of the story in a telling that's ideal for all ages -- especially at the special Halloween night show, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, where costumes are encouraged and a trick-or-treat party will take place afterward. A second performance will be given at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $11-$30, available at


Mice-terpiece Theater

John Steinbeck's tragedy "Of Mice and Men" may be the most compelling piece of American literature in the 20th century -- a classic work of fiction successfully retold in film, on stage and even as the rarest of artistic events, a successful contemporary opera. Perseverance Theatre is bringing its superb production to the Sydney Laurence Theatre. The Juneau Empire reviewer raved about the show and called Bostin Christopher's Lennie "flawless." Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 4. Tickets are available at


Symphonic singalong

Take a chance on "Dancing Queen: The Music of ABBA," the next offering in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra's "Jeans 'n' Classics" presentations at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Pop singers join the symphony in belting out ABBA's smash hits with wall-to-wall sonic glory -- "Mamma Mia," "Knowing Me Knowing You," "Fernando" and many more. You know the words, and the audience in Atwood Concert Hall will be invited to add their voices at times. Tickets are $33-$54 at


Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham