by Lenise Willis
First Position, a dance documentary, marks the last of a film trio presented by Hanesbrands Theatre and Emerging Pictures at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Appearing on the big screen Thursday through Saturday, the film follows the path of six ballet dancers, aged nine to 19, as they strive to succeed, all while competing, battling injury and enduring personal sacrifice.
Friday the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCShakes) hosts a traditional Renaissance dinner at the String & Splinter Club in High Point where guests will get the chance to meet the cast of Romeo and Juliet. At each course a different cast member or artist will join patrons at their tables. The cost of the dinner is $60. Reservations needed by today (Wed.) For more information call 336.841.2273.
Continuing to promote its upcoming Shakespearean classic, NCShakes is also hosting a series of Shakespeare Slams, the first of which is Saturday at DaBeen Espresso, 709 W. Lexington Ave., High Point. Individuals and small groups will have a time limit of five minutes to present sonnets or short scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. No registration is required. Event is free and participants of all ages will be given a free gift. The next slam will be in Winston-Salem Sept. 1. The main-stage production of Romeo and Juliet will be at High Point Theatre Sept. 9-30.
Thursday and Saturday We Are One Artistic Collective will hold male and female auditions for The Colored Museum, am award-winning play that highlights 200 years of African-American life and culture and illuminates race relations in America. For more information call 336.373.5881 or email caldcleugh@ greensboro-nc.gov.
The Barn Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for five female characters, from mid-40s to mid-70s, Saturday for the comedy The Dixie Swim Club. For more information contact director David Wright at 336.222.5001.
In other news, many theatres, including the Kernersville Little Theatre, have released their performance schedules for this season. Kicking off its line-up and 30th year performing, the little theatre will present The Woman in Black, a ghost story, on weekends Sept. 14-30.