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by Lenise Willis

For those interested in signing their kid up for a summer theater camp, Community Theatre of Greensboro is hosting an open house Wednesday, from 6:30-8 p.m., on the fourth floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Visitors will get the chance to meet with instructors, ask questions and register for a free camp.

Dreamgirls will be at the Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday as part of its Triad Best of Broadway series.

Friday through Sunday, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre presents The Last Magic Show at Theatre Alliance. Soonto-retire Harvey the Great is tempted to use real magic in a standoff against his rival Otto the Ostentatious. All tickets $5.

As school begins to wrap up, keep checking in on summer shows, camps and children’s theater productions. Participating in an activity, or just watching a live show together, can be a great family activity with the kids. It can also keep them from catching a dreadful case of bored-initis.

In fact, next Friday, Big Bird and all of his “Sesame Street” friends will be at the Greensboro Coliseum for Elmo Makes Music. Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Through the razzledazzle of this Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork.

Performances are June 7-9. Tickets are $17, $21 and $30 depending on seating.

In other news, Twin City Stage has added three new employees to its staff: Brannon Wiles, interim executive director, Kristina Ebbink, marketing director, and Cheri Van Loon, education and artistic director for the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem.

Also, The “We Are One” theater-arts ensemble is looking for playwrights and editors to transform real-life stories of breast cancer survivors into a live stage performance. Writing sessions will be held June 11-July 20 on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. A meeting for those will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, 1700 Orchard St. For more information, call the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center office at 336.373.5881.

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