by Lenise Willis

Continuing this week through March 24 is Community Theatre of Greensboro and RBC Wealth Management’s 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.”

The High Point University Department of Theatre presents the stage adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s 1872 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses Thursday through Saturday, and again on Monday and Tuesday, in the Empty Space Theatre on campus.

Set in the grand salons of upper-class Paris in the 1780s, the play counters the traditional idea of heartfelt romance with a thrilling story about two master schemers who challenge each other to a game of seduction and are surprised by the power of love.

Thursday through Sunday, Salem College Pierrettes Present SHOUT! The Mod Musical in the Elberson Fine Arts Center. The tongue-in-cheek reflection of 1960s England follows the lives of five women who subscribe to Shout!, a woman’s magazine that guides and influences their lives.

Including the fabulous music, groovy dances and “far-out” fashions of the decade, the play relives a time when British and American women began to redefine themselves in the face of a rapidly changing culture.

Beginning Friday, Piedmont Opera will open Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at UNCSA’s Stevens Center. The riotous musical comedy showcases a matchmaking barber, Figaro, who trys to help a count woo a beautiful woman. But she’s such a catch that her sleazy guardian keeps her under lock and key with the intent of marrying her himself.

With Figaro’s trickery and the woman’s manipulations, there’s laughter at every turn. Production times are Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 pm.

Calling “actors and actresses of all ages and types to play the family, friends and wedding party of the ‘gayest’ wedding in town,” Community Theatre of Greensboro will hold auditions for its May production, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, fourth floor, this coming Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Those auditioning should be prepared to read selections from the script and participate in improv scenarios. For a full character breakdown visit actors/index.php.

Saturday and Sunday, Salem College presents Steel Magnolias in the Shirley Recital Hall of the Elberson Fine Arts Center.