by Lenise Willis

The performing arts are slowly starting to pick back up in the Triad, now that the holiday season is behind us and a New Year is ahead.

Saturday, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet is telling familiar fairy tales with a new rhythm in its Fairy Tale Series, with choreography by Gary Taylor, founder and artistic director. The one-act production is designed specifically for a young crowd and anyone who loves the classic fairy tales of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Hansel and Gretel.”

A parade of characters and themed activities are planned prior to each performance so that audience members may meet the participants, get autographs or have pictures taken.

Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Tickets are $12 each or $40 for a family-fun pack. Visit for more information, or call the box office at 336.747.1414. See picture to left.

Next Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12, The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem will present 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 and recommended for 2nd through 6th grade audiences.

Also on Jan. 11 and 12, Theatre Alliance will present 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, 5-8 pm and Jan. 12, 1-4 pm at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Anyone in grades 4-9 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.