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by Lenise Willis

The last weekend before Halloween is coming up, and there are plenty of eerie performances to set the mood.

Thursday, Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum gets in the spooky spirit by presenting An Evening of Horror Plays on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center through Sunday. The show contains four horror and suspense stories written by local playwrights. The best part is admission is free, although donations are welcomed.

Theatre Alliance is setting the Halloween tempo by sharing an annual classic. Every year Halloween is marked with those classic bright red lips of the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Presenting the rock musical, cult classic, and original storyline, The Rocky Horror Show, now through Sunday, Theatre Alliance carries on the tradition. Show contains partial nudity, sexual situations and adult language.

Saturday and Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro is partnering with Castle McCulloch in Jamestown for a family-friendly Wizard of Oz Halloween trail. The 45-minute walking trail follows a yellow brick road where visitors will meet their favorite characters of Oz, hear songs from the musical, and admire the magical transformation of the surrounding scenery. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes to add to the fun.

Also on Saturday, Greensboro Symphony’s concert at Westover Church includes three talented “phantoms.” Craig Schulman, Ron Bohmer and Ciaran Sheehad all have performed as the lead in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

In non-Halloween-related news: Thursday through Sunday, UNCG theatre presents Polaroid Stories, a visceral blend of classical mythology and reallife stories as told by street kids.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem presents Skippyjon Jones, an original musical based on Judy Schachner’s bestselling book, Friday at 10 a.m. and noon and Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Arts Council Theatre.

Running through Nov. 4, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo continues at the Hanesbrands Theatre. The warmhearted comedy is set in Atlanta, Ga. in the 1930s, where the members of the extended Freitag family prepare for the social event of the season.

Triad Stage’s Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) continues on select days now through Nov. 11.

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