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This week on South Florida stages: Up and away

This is what’s happening on theater stages in South Florida this week.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Think of this as a prequel to the Peter Pan story everyone has come to know. In this play, you get the back story of many of those famous characters, including Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell.

When: Through Nov. 26; times vary

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $45

Contact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org

BALLET’S POINTE OF PASSION

In this performance by Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, the troupe started by former Miami City Ballet principal dancers Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra, works will be presented by choreographers Jerry Opdenacker (Ballet Florida, O Dance), Gerald Arpino (Joffrey Ballet), Tania Vergara and Vicente Nebrada.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 18

Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay

Cost: $25, $35, $45

Contact: 786-573-5300 or SMDCAC.org or DimensionsDanceMIA.com

A CHRISTMAS STORY

This show is based on Jean Shepherd’s comedic writings about Ralphie and his one wish for Christmas: an air rifle. But everyone, including a department store Santa Clause, tells him that he’ll probably just end up shooting out his eye. Along the way, there’s a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg, a pink bunny suit and something called triple-dog-daring (fans of the 1983 movie version may be able to explain).

When: Nov. 16-Dec. 3; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (and Thursdays on Nov. 16 and 30); 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave.

Cost: $29 and $35; Nov. 16 preview night costs $23 and $27. Nov. 17 opening night costs $38.

Contact: 561-586-6410 or LakeWorthPlayhouse.org/ChristmasStory.html

THE FOUR SEASONS’ CHARLES CALELLO AND HIS BIG BAND

Boca Raton’s Charles Calello was an original member of the Four Lovers, the group that Frankie Valli started just before the Four Seasons. But Callelo didn’t go far, as he served as the arranger for the Four Seasons’ biggest hits in the 1960s. Later on, he pulled double duty as the band’s bassist, switching places with Nick Massi (who, coincidentally, was Calello’s replacement in the Four Lovers). Calello earned the moniker “The Hit Man” from arranging for Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Engelbert Humperdinck and Barry Manilow. In this show, he’s onstage with a 17-piece orchestra and two vocalists. And he reprises the show Dec. 2-3 at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 18 (8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at Boca Black Box, 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 3)

Where: Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. (in December: Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, No. 10, Boca Raton)

Cost: $55 and $65 ($60 and $75 at Boca Black Box)

Contact: 305-466-8002 or AventuraCenter.org (561-483-9036 or BocaBlackBox.com)

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