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by Lenise Willis

As many readers and theater staff will be performing their own holiday traditions this week, there are few productions to report. However, there are still one or two groups taking advantage of the lag and presenting concerts and performances of cheer. And there is even more to look forward to as we start heading into a new year.

Two such groups that won’t be taking a break this holiday week are The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players and Old Salem Museums and Gardens, which will present Peter and the Wolf on Thursday at the James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium inside the Old Salem Visitor Center.

The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players’ wind quintet and percussion will perform the music. Each character in the show has a particular instrument and musical theme.

Admission is $5.

Ringing in the New Year are several January productions.

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet tells familiar fairy tales in a new way in its “Fairy Tale Series” at the Hanesbrands Theatre on Jan. 5.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents Bunnicula, an original musical based on a bestselling series that tells the tale of a very strange rabbit, which quite possibly could be a vampire. Performances are at the Arts Council Theatre on Jan. 11 and 12. The plays is recommended for children in grades 2 through 6.

Also on Jan. 11 and 12, Theatre Alliance presents a staged reading of Elephant’s Graveyard, by George Brant, Winner of the 2008 Keene Prize for Literature. Set in 1916, the play explores the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant.

The City Arts Drama Center Greensboro Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for the musical In the Soup Jan. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Anyone in grades 4 through 9 is welcome. Please bring a prepared song with either sheet music or a recording with no vocals. There will also be cold readings from the script. Scripts are available for a free overnight perusal.

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