Bedford County Players will stage “Murder at the Cafe Noir” Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at the Bedford Elks Country Club. The interactive murder mystery is set on the tropical islet of Mustique in the Grenadine Islands. The actors will weave a story throughout the dining experience. Chef William Jenkin is creating a menu with a tropical flair. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Sunday matinees will begin at 1 p.m., and doors will open at 12:30 p.m. “Murder at the Cafe Noir” is an interactive dinner theater so patrons must be in their seats and ready for the show by the start times. The cost is $40, which includes the show, meal, tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 623-7555.
Harry Potter theme Escape Rooms are open at the Bedford County Library on Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will be trapped in the office of a Hogwarts professor and will need to find clues and solve puzzles to escape in 30 minutes. Sign up by calling the library at 623-5010. The fee is $5 per participant. All proceeds benefit the library.
Altoona Community Theatre will stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Feb. 14, 15, 16 at the Mishler Theatre, 1208 12th Ave., Altoona. Tickets are $10 to $17. Contact Cindy Stanbro firstname.lastname@example.org or 943-4357 to make reservations.
Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University will present American virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi in a performance titled “Into the Night With Gershwin” on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The intimate club-style event will take place in the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg, and includes bar service and a menu of beverages, appetizers and desserts. Patrons can also opt to attend a four-course preshow dinner at The Toasted Goat in Frostburg’s historic Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15.30 for youth under 18. Military, package and group discount rates are also available. For more information or to order tickets, visit CES’ webpage at ces.frostburg.edu or contact the box office at 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. The box office, located in the FSU Lane University Center, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Auditions for the fifth annual “Winners’ Showcase” will be held at Off Pitt Street Theater Company at 3 p.m. Feb. 15, 1 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17. The production features the world premier of the first- and second-place winners and a preview of the third-place winner of the theater’s One-Act Playwriting Competition. This year’s showcase will be held at 7 p.m. March 27 and 3 p.m. March 28. Audition walk-ins are welcome but signing up is encouraged. This will be a cold-reading. No prepared audition is required. A flexible rehearsal schedule is available. To fill out an audition form, visit www.OffPittStreet.com. For more information, call or text 814-310-1987 or email email@example.com.
Sweet Heart dinner/dance will be held Feb. 14 at the Six Mile Run Area Volunteer Fire Hall. Tickets are $10 per person. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Country Blend will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. People can bring their own alcoholic beverages. Dinner will consist of Italian spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, punch, coffee, water and snacks. For tickets, call Brad at 240-299-6845; leave message if no answer.
Tickets are on sale for “Atomic Radio — Leap Year Fantasy Edition” at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Off Pitt Street Theater Company, 110 W. Pitt St., Bedford. The audience will enjoy live, dramatic readings of three fantasy tales featuring members of OPS Kids: “The Frog Prince—Revisited,” “The Frog Prince—Continued” and “Master Maid” and a special Valentine’s Day edition of “The Life of Riley — the Valentine Locket.” Atomic Radio is a live performance radio show with costumes, lighting and special “Foley Sound Effects.” Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call or text 814-310-1987, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or order online at www.OffPittStreet.com.
The Playhouse will hold auditions for “Murder on the Orient Express” on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in its building located in McConnellstown at 11680 Raystown Road, Huntingdon. The show performance dates are April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are April 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. All actors will be required to attend all scheduled rehearsals during the final week before the show opens. Rehearsals are usually three evenings each week; work days are held on Saturday or Sunday mornings depending on scheduling conflicts, and Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals are possible. For more information, call 814-627-0311.