by Lenise Willis

Coming for only a short time this week is the world-renown Cirque du Soleil, which will perform Quidam at the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday through Sunday. The world of Quidam is an imaginary one created by young Zoé, who is bored and ignored by her apathetic and distant parents. Her life has lost all meaning, but the encouraging characters she meets will help fill the void and free her soul.

Still ongoing, now through May 19, is Barn Dinner Theatre’s production of The Color Purple, The Musical.

Triad Stage continues its main-stage production, the classic love story of My Fair Lady, this week through May 5. See feature to left for more details on the plot and costume design.

UNCSA presents a modern opera Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, in the on-campus Agnes de Mille Theatre. Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave has challenging vocals and is an adaptation of a short story by Henry James concerning a young pacifist in a family of soldiers.

Friday, Heirloom Puppet Theatre of Old Salem Museums and Gardens presents Yellow Star, a children’s puppet show about people standing against injustice during World War II. Showtimes are about every 30 minutes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Frank Horton Museum Center. Performance runs again next Friday.

Saturday and Sunday UNCSA will have the honor of being the only school invited to perform in a professional dance performance in UNC- Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. Students of the dance, music and design and production programs will present, Spring Dance, a four-piece production that will feature a reconstruction of one of Nijinsky’s “lost ballets,” as well as the UNCSA Orchestra.

Then, on Tuesday, UNCSA presents its Piano Area Recital at Watson Hall, Performance Place on the UNCSA campus. The event is free and open to the public. Piano students will perform masterpieces from the solo and chamber repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin and others artists.

Beginning next Wednesday, UNCG Theatre presents Top Girls, a witty play about a 1980-English dinner party with all of the powerful women from myth and history. Performances are April 24-28 in the on-campus Brown Building Theatre. Play is not appropriate for children.