Christian Youth Theatre presents classroom classic

LAWRENCE – The Christian Youth Theatre of Indianapolis presents “Up the Down Staircase” Jan. 13, 14 and 15 at the Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. The play follows Sylvia Barrett, a first-year teacher in a strict teaching environment, as she works her way through the maze of students, paperwork, assignments, personality clashes and romance. Visit theateratthefort.com for show times and ticket information.

Footlite Musicals grow unusual plant life

INDIANAPOLIS – Footlite Musicals invites audience members to Mushnik’s Flowers where a shop clerk named Seymour Krelborn dreams of fame, fortune and love with his secret crush, co-worker Audrey. But Audrey keeps falling for the wrong men, particularly a sadistic dentist. In his quest for something better, Seymour finds and cares for a strange plant that he names Audrey II. The mysterious plant has dreams of its own, and promises Seymour whatever his heart wants if he only ‘feeds the plant.’ This dark musical comedy plays Jan. 13 through 29 at Footlite Musicals, 1847 N. Alabama St. Visit footlitemusicals.wildapricot.org for show times and ticket prices.

Surprise dinner guest arrives at IRT

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Jan. 10 through Feb. 4. It’s 1967 and the world is changing. The Draytons think that they are open-minded and forward-thinking — until their white daughter brings home a black fiancé. Cultures clash and family ties are tested in this look into the power of the human heart. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” shows at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington St. Visit irtlive.com for ticket information.

Beef & Boards goes ‘mad’

INDIANAPOLIS – “Shear Madness” erupts at a not-so-typical hair salon, when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered. The audience combs through the clues, questioning the suspects as if they were “Shearlock Holmes.” The show runs through Jan. 29 at Beef & Boards, 9301 Michigan Road. Visit beefandboards.com for show times and ticket prices. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre box office at 317-872-9664.