by Lenise Willis
Officially opening this month at its new location is Open Space Café Theatre, which moved from Market Street in Greensboro to Loving Savior Lutheran Church on Battleground Avenue. Their first show is the staged concert version of the musical Follies Aug. 17-19.
In other news, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem has begun selling ticket packages for its three-play season, which includes the Tony Award-winning comedy The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Oct. 19-Nov. 4), 33 Variations (Feb. 1-24), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Proof (May 10-26). Season tickets are available for sale through Oct. 31. To purchase, contact Festival Stage at 841-2273. Tickets for individual performances are now on sale as well, and can be purchased at the Hanesbrands Theatre box office.
This week, the Stained Glass Playhouse in Winston-Salem continues to present the musical Annie Get Your Gun now through Sunday. When Annie 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.
Next Thursday Theatre Alliance hosts a one-night-only event with Del Shores, writer, director, activist and comic. Shores will bring his standup show Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality to the stage, and share dirty and sordid stories about his Texas family, act out scenes from reality shows and read letters he’s written to “haters.” All tickets must be purchased at www.delshores.net.
Next Friday and Saturday the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem will perform Night at the Wax Museum, as part of the theater’s summer camp “Adventures In Theatre.” The comic play, which will be performed at the Arts Council Theatre, follows six unlucky students who have to re-take a history class over the summer. For their class project the kids must help set up a new wax museum, which holds wacky and “lively” figures, such as Cleopatra, treasure-hungry outlaws and pirates, as well as unexpected adventures.
Also next weekend Concepts Choreography Intensive will be at Hanesbrands Theatre, in which 12 dancers and four choreographers showcase their eclectic and original dance numbers. Performances are presented by Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.