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by Lenise Willis

GTCC’s Jamestown campus continues to perform its first musical, 9 to 5: The Musical, Thursday through Saturday in the on-campus Fine Arts Theatre. The hilarious tale of revenge uses humor to elaborate on women’s struggles in the office workplace during the early ’80s.

Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret continues to present Touring Theatre of North Carolina’s literary performance of Todd Johnson’s The Sweet By and By, a Southern novel, Friday through Sunday.

Friday is also opening night for Triad Stage’s mainstage production, the classic love story of My Fair Lady, which continues through May 5. With 10 actors performing as more than 20 characters, the “re-imagined” play is fun, complex, witty and beautiful, as two unlikely characters — a rich and proper man and a lowly, poor woman — are brought together through a bet.

Theatre Alliance presents a onetime staged reading of The Exonerated Saturday. The tale, culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and public record, tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.

UNCSA will draw on its historical inspiration in its staging of Shvarts’ satirical Russian drama The Dragon, which tells the story of the knight Lancelot who sets out to slay the dragon. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday in the on-campus Catawba Theatre.

Also running Wednesday through Saturday is UNCG Theatre’s production of the opera Cendrillon, a four-act fairy tale based on the 1698 version of “Cinderella.”

Saturday, Greensboro Ballet will host its new fundraiser “Ballet, Beer and Barbeque” from 5-8 p.m. at Flintrock Farm, located in Reidsville. The event will include two westernstyled ballets, with costumes donated by Wrangler, as well as live music and open square dancing.

Debbie’s Catering will provide barbeque plates with all the “fixins;” Starbucks has donated the coffee to be served with the cobbler and cake, and Natty Greene’s made a donation to supply beer, wine and other cold non-alcoholic beverages. Part of the funds raised will also go to a therapeutic riding program at Flintrock Farm.

Tickets are $65 per person, 120 per couple and $450 per table of eight. To purchase, call 336.333.7480 or visit greensboroballet.org.

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