by Lenise Willis

New this week is the return of Disney on Ice at the Greensboro Coliseum. Performing Thursday through Sunday, these traveling classic characters bring a world of fantasy to audiences, from the thrill of highspeed stunts as Lightning McQueen, to the enchantment of the sea in The Little Mermaid. Other visitors include the toys from Toy Story, along with Tinker Bell and her fairy friends from Pixie Hollow.

Also bringing fairy tales to life this week is Community Theatre of Greensboro. Filling the Carolina Theatre with munchkins, flying monkeys and witches, the community’s 18th annual production of The Wizard of Oz continues through Sunday.

Another feelgood production continuing through Sunday is UNCG Theatre’s performance of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at the Taylor Theatre. The family-friendly comedy is full of holiday spirit and tells the story of a lovable and spunky first-grader who picks her “frenemy’s” name in a Secret Santa drawing.

Twin City Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof continues Thursday through Sunday at the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem.

A vastly different comedy this week is Bat Boy, the Musical, which the Livestock Players teen theater company will perform Thursday through Sunday at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

The dark comedy musical contains a mix of rock opera and rap music and features a half-bat child who is found in a cave in West Virginia and eventually finds acceptance.

Saturday, for one night only, the UNC School of the Arts symphony orchestra presents The New World, a concert presented in conjunction with Six Days in November, the arts and cultural festival of Winston-Salem.

The event includes concerto competition-winner Rachyl Duffy playing Bartók’s Viola Concerto, Dohnányi’s pre-war work Symphonic Minutes, and Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony, From the New World. Performances are in the Stevens Center.

Coming soon is Kernersville Little Theatre’s special holiday duo-production on Nov. 30. Performing both Believe! and The Gift of the Magi, the theatre has put together an evening performance full of sentiment and traditional Christmas music. Performances are at Main Street Baptist Church Nov. 30; Dec. 1; Dec. 6-9.