by Lenise Willis

This week is the last week of school for kids, and offering a fun way to celebrate are a few family-friendly productions.

Friday through Sunday, Big Bird and all of 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. The Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover “instruments” they never knew existed. Tickets are $17, $21 and $30 depending on seating.

Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have once again united efforts this summer to produce a month-long summer theater festival, which includes:

Noodle Doodle Box, a child-appropriate play, which appears at the Brown Building Theatre on select dates June 15-29. Two clowns refuse to share and collaborate until they must unite against a drum major who tries to pit them against one another.

God of Carnage, winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, which performs on weekends between June 13- 29 in the Brown Building Theatre. Two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos.

And, finally, Judith of Bethulia, an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic, which performs at 10 p.m. weekends June 20-29 in the Upstage Cabaret, immediately following Tennessee Playboy.

Not so child-friendly is the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Brooklyn’s one-time performance, Missionary in Manhattan: The Dirty South Tour, Saturday at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. The story, written by a group of UNCG alumni, stars three Mormon, ukuleleplaying sister-wives who are searching for their runaway husband who might just be gay.

And definitely not appropriate for the whole family is The Bong Show, a wild talent show observed by three very suggestible judges. Show is presented by Peaches de Vine productions, Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Flat Iron.

Triad Stage’s mainstage production, Tennessee Playboy, also premieres this week with previews beginning Sunday. See this week’s cover story on Preston Lane’s original redneck romance.