Before the leaves turn and the apples sweeten on the limb, the very first harbingers of autumn start cropping up in my e-mail inbox. These digital missives usually bear titles loaded with auxiliary verbs and the names of hit Broadway productions. Take this one from UNCG: “Sweeney Todd will kick off UNCG Theatre’s 2007-2008 season.” Another from the Piedmont Opera invokes both the institution’s 30th anniversary and the classic opera La Traviata.
This trickle of e-mails, which has not yet turned into a torrent, promises a wealth of theatrical riches come September. The students and faculty at UNCG are indeed opening with a bang, one they will follow with nine other offerings that range from the murder mystery The Rimers of Eldritch to Simply Simone, a look at the iconic jazz singer Nina Simone.
Tickets for the Coliseum’s Triad Best of Broadway series are on pre-sale, which means buyers are eligible for some sort of preferential treatment. That series will kick off with Evita, a musical look at Eva Peron, the controversial former first lady of Argentina.
Those of you who can’t wait a month to see musicals here in Greensboro can wander south this weekend to Asheboro, where The King and I closes on Sunday. All performances will be held at the Asheboro High School Performing Arts Theater. For more information, please contact the Randolph Arts Guild at 336.629.0399.
If you’re not as keen on the big budget musical, you might consider checking out the Ninth Annual Dramatists’ Playground this Saturday. The event, organized by the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum, challenges playwrights and actors to come up with a play in 10 hours. Workshops and performances are free and open to the public and will take place at the Greensboro Cultural Center.
Speaking of tight deadlines, screenings of the films produced during the 48 Hour Film Project are happening this Saturday at the Carolina Theatre. The films are divided into three groups, and screening will start at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for each session will cost $9; $21 will buy you a pass to all three. They can be purchased in advance through the theater’s box office.
A sculptor and video installation artist from Auckland, New Zealand named Pritika Lal will speak at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative on Friday. Lal is the farthest-flung artist participating in the summer series, which is billed as a conversation.
The High Point Museum just received a $150,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The money will fund the Museum’s North Carolina Furniture Heritage Project, which reminds us that the fall edition of Furniture Market is indeed just around the corner.