On Stage: Theater and dance

"Alice in Wonderland": Hattiloo Children's Theatre, 652 Marshall. Opening performance 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Other shows 7:30 p.m. March 2-3; final performance 3 p.m. March 4. (901) 525-0009. Tickets: $10-$15.

"Antigone": Presented by Bluff City Tri Art Theatre Company, in conjunction with Rhodes College Theatre Department during Women's History Month. Classic Greek tragedy draws parallels to familiar concerns in today's society; song by the Colors of Gospel Choir. Opening show 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Other shows are 7:30 p.m. March 2-3 and March 8-10. $20 ($15 for senior citizens and students, military) and group rates are available. No matinees. Entry for Rhodes subscribers and students varies from general public. Evergreen Theatre, 1705 Poplar. Call (901) 946-6140.

Eric Carle's Treasured Stories: Based on the children's books, "A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar and a Moon: Treasured Stories By Eric Carle," comes to the stage for live performance at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets $15-$20. Mermaid Theatre (Nova Scotia) production brings three of Carle's tales to life, creating a display of innovative puppetry, evocative music, stunning visual effects. Orpheum, 203 S. Main. (901) 525-3000 or Ticketmaster outlets.

"Circle Mirror Transformation": Contemporary comedy; show revolves around five small-town Vermonters who take a community acting class, each expecting something different from the experience. They soon discover much more than they bargained for about themselves and each other as relationships emerge and secrets are revealed. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m Sundays, through March 4. $23 ($15 students with valid ID), $10 for children under age 12. Theatre Memphis (Next Stage), 630 Perkins Ext. Call (901) 682-8323. theatrememphis.org

"The Elephant Man": Based on real-life story of Joseph Merrick. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; final performance 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $15 ($12 students, senior citizens and children). Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, 440 Powell Road, Collierville. Call (901) 457-2780. harrelltheatre.org

"The Phantom of the Opera": The Mid-South's first amateur staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. University of Memphis Mainstage Theatre, 3745 Central. Performances part of the U of M's Centennial Celebration. $30-$35. Call (901) 678-2576.

"Romeo and Juliet": This production is inspired by the 16th century play, but designed specifically with the 21st century audience in mind. Wandering players transform their unadorned Elizabethan surroundings into a playing space with a chalk circle and the audience's imagination. 6 p.m. Thursday. Tickets: $15-$20; $9 groups of 10 or more. Orpheum, 203 S. Main. (901) 525-3000.

"1776": Musical. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; final performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Landers Center (formerly DeSoto Civic Center), 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven. Call (662) 280-9120 or (888) 280-9120. Ticketmaster outlet stores. Tickets: $20.

"Swan Lake" with Moscow Festival Ballet: A timeless tale of love's triumph over evil. 7 p.m. Sunday. $30, $40, $50 plus handling fee. Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown. (901) 751-7500. GPACweb.com

"Treefall": Premiere Tennessee performance of Henry Murray's dystopian tragicomic play about survival, family, identity and what it means to be free. Performances for "Mature Audiences Only." 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; final performance 2 p.m. Sunday. $10 ($7 for senior citizens, $5 other students and $2 Rhodes students). McCoy Theatre, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. (901) 843-3839. Reservations: mccoy@rhodes.edu.

"Two Trains Running": A 1960s Pittsburgh neighborhood is the setting for August Wilson's play about an era and a community on the brink of change. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; final show 3 p.m. Sunday. Hattiloo Theatre Mainstage, 656 Marshall. Call (901) 525-0009. hattiloo.org

V-Day Memphis — "The Vagina Monologues: The 3rd annual performance spoken in Spanish at 8 p.m. Friday ($20; doors open 7 p.m. with silent auction). And the 14th annual benefit production of Eve Ensler's play 8 p.m. Saturday ($20, doors open 7 p.m. with silent auction). Evergreen Theater at 1705 Poplar.

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