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by Lenise Willis

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you’re not sure what to get that special lady, you can always treat her to the special experience of dinner and a show. And there are several feelgood comedies and family-friendly performances in the Triad this week.

Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is honoring mothers and celebrating family values during its special Mother’s Day concert Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at UNCSA’s Crawford Hall. The first 100 mothers to arrive will be presented with red carnations. Four choral ensembles will perform in a collection of lighthearted and serious music entitled Do You Hear the People Sing? The program will open with a combined chorus of more than 100 singers.

Wednesday through Saturday, and select days through May 19, Theatre Alliance is bringing back one of its favored productions, Tuna Does Vegas, in which just two actors will portray a hilarious bunch of eccentric smalltown Texan characters.

Thursday through Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro continues My Big Gay Italian Wedding in its space on 520 S. Elm St. The play features a bit of bickering relatives, a crazed wedding coordinator and a jealous ex-boyfriend who’s set on ruining the wedding.

Of course, if you don’t have time to celebrate this week, you can always wrap up a pair of tickets to one of next week’s shows.

Premiering next Friday through Sunday is Twin City Stage’s Dearly Beloved, a Southern comedy about another crazy wedding that doesn’t go exactly as planned. With a potluck dinner and catering by Sanford’s House of Meat, the wedding is more than just shy of the bride’s request for “lavish.”

Or, if your idea of fun is beyond a spectator’s seat, then check out Theatre Alliance’s ’50s Skate Night next Sunday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Skate Haven in Winston-Salem. The $5 admission includes skate rental, as well as participation in games, giveaways and children’s arts and crafts. There will also be temporary tattoos for all, as well as a guest appearance by the Marvelous Wonderettes. Participants are encouraged to don ’50s attire.

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