by Lenise Willis

Friday and Saturday, the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents Bunnicula, an original musical based on a best-selling series that tells the tale of a very strange rabbit. A few drained veggies give rise to the idea that this little bunny just might be a vampire. Performances are at the Arts Council Theatre and recommended for-grades 2- 6.

Also on Friday and Saturday, 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 Friday, 5-8 pm and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center. The show is based on the French folktale Stone Soup. Instead of three soldiers, a group of hungry musicians, who have had to sell their instruments, come upon a starving village and, by putting a magic stone in a pot, convinces everyone to add to the soup. 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.

The High Point Theatre is kicking off 2013 with a number of outstanding performances and events, the first of which is a family-friendly magical illusion this Saturday. The theater hosts North Carolina native magician Sammy Cortino, on his first national tour, Magic’s Royal Duke Sammy Cortino.

Hanesbrands Theatre will present the The Magistrate, starring John Lithgow, next Friday, Jan. 18, as part of the National Theatre Live in HD Series. The comedy tells of amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) after he marries his new wife Agatha. Little does he realize she’s dropped five years from her age — and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

In other news, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company was awarded a $32,024 grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for Operational Support.