OPENINGS A fairytale takes flight Jan. 7-16 when In-Flight Theater presents The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen at MICA's BBox performance space (The Gateway, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.,  800-8685). It's an aerial show that looks seriously Cirque du Soleil and features a mixed cast of hearing and deaf aerialists.
Local actress and comedienne Susan Melee takes on relationships in her one-woman show Rock, Paper, Scissors . . . Knife at Theatre Project (45 W. Preston St.,  752-8558) Jan. 8-16. She does improv, she sings her own jingles, and morphs into cabaret singer Roxi Starr. But most importantly, in the promo picture, she is naked and holiday a knife.
Teatro 101 tries its hand at a musical with Violet by Brian Crowley and Jeanine Tesori Jan. 7-24 at Mobtown Theater (Meadow Mills, 3600 Clipper Mill Road,  367-3057). The story follows a scarred girl in the deep south during the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. It may not be a feel good kind of show.
And Mock the schnoz at your own peril when Cyrano walks the boards at CenterStage (700 N. Calvert St.,  332-0033) Jan. 13-Feb. 7. This isn't Edmond Rostand's original but an adaptation by Jo Roets for three actors. Anyone whose seen Roxanne can attest to how wonderful an adaptation of old big nose can be.
MONKEY BUSINESSTrixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey take over the Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St.,  662-0069) Jan. 9 for a night of striptease, acrobatics, and shenanigans from New York Burlesquers Little Brooklyn, Clams Casino, and Anita Cookie.
AUDITIONS If you're more of a participant than a spectator, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland holds an open audition for An American Southwest Carmen Jan. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Conte Annex, 128 Lubrano Drive, Suite LL 103, Annapolis. Call (410) 224-5644 for details.
Those less classically trained can get in on this year's Fluid Movement production 3001: A Baltimore Odyssey. Billed as a roller-skating show, this production takes place in a future underwater bubble enclosed Charm City. The sign up will be at Joe Squared (133 W. North Ave.,  545-0444) Jan. 12 from 7-8 p.m. If you can't make it, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to join the cast.