Cheap Theatre in Toronto for the Week of October 8th, 2012

Five for Twenty-One (Or Less)

If you had a theme song, what would it be? I’m sure many of you have thought about it before, or have at least thought about what life would be like if it had a soundtrack. Or if it were a musical. This week’s cheap theatre picks are a great way to live the dream without the potential embarrassment of breaking out into song on the TTC.

DIE FLEDERMAUS by Johann Strauss II (Canadian Opera Company). A woman gets revenge on her philandering husband in this comic operetta. Opens Oct 4 and runs to Nov 3. $12-$325. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231,

IL TROVATORE by Giuseppe Verdi (Canadian Opera Company). A troubadour and his rival woo a noblewoman while a gypsy plots revenge in this tragic opera. Opens Sep 29 and runs to Oct 31. $12-$325. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. 416-363-8231,

Saucisse: A Foo Musical by Helen Donnelly (Foo Productions). A skeptical nomadic peddler and a New-Age pig form an unlikely friendship in this solo clown show. Opens Oct 10 and runs to Oct 20. $20, child $10. Pia Bouman School for Ballet, Studio Theatre, 6 Noble.

The Beaver Den: A New Canadian Musical by Taylor Abrahamse, Jaclyn Enchin and Jennifer Enchin (Jazz Squared Theatre Company). A cast of young Canadian actors are stuck on an outdated kid’s show filmed in Northern Ontario. Opens Oct 10 and runs to Oct 14. $18. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington.

Miss Caledonia by Melody A Johnson (Lunkamud/Tarragon Theatre). A 1950s farm girl dreams of being an actress in the big city in this musical solo show. Previews Oct 13-23. Opens Oct 24 and runs to Nov 22. $48-$53, srs $38-$43, stu $27, previews $21-$24, rush $13. Tarragon Theatre, Extra Space, 30 Bridgman. 416-531-1827,