by Lenise Willis

Thursday through Sunday, Greensboro Children’s Theatre performs a world premiere, How Jack Got Scared, at Greensboro College’s Odell Auditorium. After scaring his parents by going out on the roof, Jack heads out into the world in hopes of getting his own fright.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is hosting a free community day Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the Spirit Center on Wade Avenue. The familyfun event includes free frozen treats from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, a petting zoo, tours of the NCShakes costume and set shops, live local music, a costume play area for children and other games and activities. NCShakes will also formally dedicate the Spirit Center. Each attendee will be entered to win a door-prize drawing for one of NCShakes’ SummerStage camps and workshops for children and adults.

Also involving the community this week, Caldcleugh is partnering with Community Connections Family Life Center of High Point to offer a theatre project that addresses issues impacting teens. Beginning Monday, middle and high school students will discuss topics that give rise to negative behaviors and participate in a series of writing sessions. The 12-week project will conclude with a final performance based on the input and commentary.

Triad Stage will begin previews for its production of The Illusion Sunday. The comic fantasy tells the story of a man who seeks the help of a mysterious sorcerer to learn what has become of the son he banished years ago. Play runs through July 1.

Next Thursday the Hanesbrands Theatre will show The Tempest live in HD. Featuring Academy-Award winner Christopher Plummer as Prospero, the filmed event includes a post-show Q&A with Plummer.

The Kernersville Little Theatre will also be busy next Thursday as they present their first showing of the patriotic musical Kilroy Was Here! at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium.

Also coming up next week is Theatre Alliance’s production of Xanadu, which runs June 15-July 1.

Deadlines are fast approaching for parents interested in summer theater camps for their children. The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem, Community Theatre of Greensboro and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival all have opportunities available. Visit specific theatre websites for more details.