The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:
“Oliver!,” the musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” will begin a three-weekend run starting today at Theatre Shenandoah, 107 Center St., Edinburg.
The play, which has a cast of 28, is directed by Lori Staley, who directed last year’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Along with a designed set and original costuming, Theatre Shenandoah now has its first commemorative poster, designed and painted by local artist Helen Jean Smith. The artwork includes the historic Edinburg Opera House, which is the theatre’s home, and the times and characters of Dickens’ novel. The poster, suitable for framing, is available for $20 at the theatre or online at www.theatreshenendoah.org. All proceeds go to support Theatre Shenandoah programs.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and again April 17-18 and April 24-25 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and again April 19 and 26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased on the theatre’s website, at the Edinburg Mill and at the box office during performances or by calling 984-3972 and leaving a message.
Selah Theatre Project, which provides affordable artistic opportunities to students, will perform “The Prince and the Peas” at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal.
Seven young actors will give performances at 7 p.m. today and April 17 and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again April 18-19. Tickets are $5 each. Information: 540-686-5185.
Schultz Theatre will perform the comedy “An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market.
Tickets, which are available online or at the door, are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors/students. A second weekend of performances will be held April 17-19. Information: www.schultztheatre.com or 540-740-9199.
Christendom College’s class of 2015 will present a mystery dinner theater at 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday at the college’s St. Lawrence Commons. This year’s performance, titled “Mental Reservation: the West Wing Story,” is written and directed by seniors Josh Van Hecke and Stephen Hyland.
Audience members will be able to become a part of the action as well, with the option of bribing cast members for clues during the night to help find the killer and win prizes.
Doors open at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for children 12 and younger and $15 for students. A table for seven adults will be sold at a discounted rate of $120. There will be a cash bar. All proceeds will go toward the 2015 senior class gift, which will aid in the renovation of the pavilion next to the college’s main administrative building Regina Coeli Hall.
Tickets: 540-636-2900 ext. 1235 or online at www.christendom.edu. Guests may also pay at the door with cash, check or major credit card.
Carolyn’s Live, Love & Laugh Relay for Life Team will hold a womanless beauty pageant at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Flint Hill Fire Department. A silent auction will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. Pageant entry fee is $10. Registration is open to boys and men ages 8 and older.
Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Information: 540-635-4673.
The Front Royal Oratorial Society will perform Mozart’s “Requiem,” accompanied by the chamber orchestra, organ and visiting guest artists, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, 115 Luray Ave. Information: 540-635-4842.
The Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre Company will perform “Theater for the Heart and Mind” at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre at James Madison University’s Forbes Center.
Tickets are $10. Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold its annual books and food fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Groups will host buffet tables featuring food, decor and costumes based on the book of their choosing. Prizes, door prizes, auction. Tickets: $35. Information: 540-635-3153.
Bluegrass & BBQ
The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band will perform at the Bluegrass & BBQ event at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Barbecue will be sold starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance until 3 p.m. Saturday or $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger admitted free with an adult. Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.
A Patsy Cline sing-a-song contest will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Apple Blossom Mall.
The winner will be featured at the Patsy Cline Music Festival held over Labor Day weekend.
Proceeds benefit the Patsy Cline House at 608 S. Kent St., Winchester. Information: 540-662-5555 or www.celebratingpatsycline.org.
Shenandoah University’s Colleges Against Cancer and Hoppers Auto Club will sponsor Cars for a Cause Nostalgic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the former Armory building in Winchester.
Admission is free. Information: 540-662-5555.
The Southeastern Gun and Knife Show, displaying rare and collectible Civil War weaponry to the most recent hunting and shooting products, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Body Renew Family Fitness Center, 221 Commonwealth Court, Winchester.
Bowman Library in Stephens City will hold a family picnic and show the movie “Wall-E” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Bring a picnic lunch and blanket to sit on the floor. Popcorn and lemonade provided. Information: Donna Hughes, 540-869-9000, ext. 215 or email@example.com.
Rally in the Alley, a free block party with live music, food from local restaurants, beer and wine, crafters and fun activities for kids will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on Indian Alley, Winchester, west of the Walking Mall. Information: www.rallyinthealley.com
Faith in Action will host TableScapes from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester.
The nonprofit group, which serves Winchester, Frederick, Clarke counties and parts of Warren County, makes about 3,000 medical transports each year, links people in need with health care and life-saving treatment. The program is a volunteer-based service and is offered free of charge. Drivers are certified through the Valley Health System volunteer office.
Each of the 14 entrants will show their talents by decorating a table. Categories include holiday, formal and informal. There will be demonstrations on mantel decorating, floral arranging and napkin folding along with a display of vintage china. There will also be a raffle and refreshments.
Tickets may be purchased for $25 each at Daily Grind on Jubal Early Drive, Kimberly’s on North Braddock Street, Classic Touch on Valley Avenue or by calling 540-536-1006.