The annual California TheatreSports Tournament will return to Ventura this weekend for some heated battles among several improvisational troupes from around the state. Four-member teams will stage an improvised skit based on a themed suggestion; teams are then awarded points, Olympic-style, by judges. Audience members are expected to get into the action as well, cheering or jeering accordingly.
* California TheatreSports Tournament; tournament rounds: Friday-Saturday, 7 and 9 p.m.; final rounds Sunday, 7 p.m. Other performances: "Micetro" (elimination improv), Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.; "Spontaneous Broadway" (Broadway-style musicals based on audience suggestion), Saturday, 11:15 p.m. Laurel Theatre, 1006 Main St., Ventura. Individual events, $5-$15. All performances, $50. 643-5701.
Gypsies in a Trunk, a youth theater troupe, will wrap up another seasonal offering of theatrical performances staged around the county with an adaptation of "Hansel and Gretel." The final performances will be Saturday in Simi Valley and Sept. 9 in Camarillo and Ventura. Hansel and Gretel find themselves on a wild adventure in the haunted forest, only to learn that there's no place like home.
* "Hansel & Gretel," Saturday, 4 and 5:30 p.m., Rancho Simi Amphitheater, Erringer Road and Royal Avenue, Simi Valley; Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., Valle Lindo Park, Ponderosa Road and Valle Lindo Drive, Camarillo, and 4 p.m., Barranca Vista Cultural Center, 7050 Ralston Drive, Ventura. Picnicking is encouraged. No pets. Donations accepted. 522-0449.