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by Lenise Willis

New on Friday, Community Theatre of Greensboro and RBC Wealth Management present Cabaret, a Tony Award-winning show, at CTG on Elm Street. Set in 1930s Berlin, the musical features such famous songs as “Willkommen” and “Cabaret,” and will continue to run until March 24.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents The Three Little Kittens Friday at 10 a.m. and noon, and then again on Saturday at 11 a.m. All performances are at the Arts Council Theatre. The family-friendly story tells of Katie Sue Kelly who is always “misplacing her stuff, but never her three kittens all made out of fluff.” When Katie Sue’s mittens disappear, the toy kittens come to life to cheer her up and share in an adventure.

Also on Friday, comedian Steve Lesser performs in a charity show, “Stand Up for Random Acts of Kindness,” a benefit for the Pepper Rayfield Hope Foundation, at the Idiot Box. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. Started by friends and family, the Pepper Rayfield Hope Foundation was started to capture the spirit and generosity of Pepper Rayfield. The 501(c)3 corporation’s mission is to continue Pepper’s legacy to randomly help the lives of strangers.

Then, this coming up Monday, Jesmyn Ward gives a talk at Salem College about her work, Salvage the Bones, a tale about the Batiste family who watch Hurricane Katrina brew over the Gulf. Wards also draws on her own experiences as a survivor of Katrina. Reception to follow the talk at Shirley Recital Hall in the Elberson Fine Arts Center.

As for the news for involved audiences, any youth interested in joining the voices of the Greensboro Youth Chorus, can attend its auditions for its 2013-’14 season for the first time on Thursday, and then again on April 18, May 23 and June 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in room 100 at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Auditions are open to singers with treble voices in grades 3-12. For audition times or more information, contact Jennifer Hance, City Arts Music Center director, at 336.373.2549 or e-mail music@ greensboro-nc.gov.

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