by Lenise Willis
This week children are taking over our area theaters with their summer youth productions. Of course, there are also a few plays that are more aimed for adults. Either way, this weekend especially is jam packed with performances that’ll please a wide range of audiences.
Community Theatre of Greensboro presents its production of The Music Man, Jr. in collaboration with Guilford County Schools, at the Broach Theatre Friday through July 29. A classic American musical, the play follows a fast-talking traveling salesman who meets and falls in love with a librarian, amidst other chaos.
Also on Friday is another children’s production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., performed by the Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem Summer Playhouse at the Arts Council Theatre. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The theater is the first in North Carolina to obtain the rights to perform the show, which, of course, includes the award-winning number “Under the Sea.”
The Stained Glass Playhouse in Winston-Salem presents Annie Get Your Gun on weekends beginning Friday and continuing through Aug. 5. The musical tells the story of Annie Oakley, the best shot around, who supports her brother and sister by hunting game. When she joins Col. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, she falls in love with the headline shooter, but ends up upstaging him and bruising his ego.
Theatre Alliance won’t be empty on Friday either, as it presents Spring Awakening, the winner of Best Musical in 2007. Winner of eight Tony Awards, in fact, the play illustrates and celebrates the journey from youth to adulthood. Performances are Friday through July 29, and are not recommended for young audiences as it contains nudity, adult language and sexual situations.
Next up for City Arts is its Shakespeare in the Park event with a presentation of As You Like It at Barber Park, next weekend, July 27-29. Produced in conjunction with Guilford County Schools and the NC Shakespeare Festival, the comedy is filled with disguises, misdirection and, of course, true love.