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by Lenise Willis

New this Thursday through Sunday is the world premiere of All About Faith, a play about religious hypocrisy and the importance of thinking for one’s self. See a full feature to left.

Friday and Saturday, Children’s Theatre Playhouse will present one of its three summer camp performances, Cinderella Kids, at the Arts Council Theatre. The children participating in the full-day camp have a variety of parts in a complete production, including sets, costumes, lighting and props.

Also on Friday and Saturday, Spring Theatre will be debuting a world-premiere musical production at Willingham Theatre in Yadkinville. Talented young performers from throughout the Triad will perform in Starbound, the Musical.

Then on Tuesday, the Greensboro Central Library presents Mama Juggs, a surprisingly humorous play about the issues of cancer and body image. Anita Woodley offers up a gritty performance featuring comedy, a cappella gospel, improvisations and audience interactions. Through the bold humor of a breast cancer survivor and the quick wit of a 100-year-old great-grandmother, the play delves into one family’s breasthealth issues — from bra stuffing to breastfeeding to cancer — without veering towards pity.

Coming up next week, Theatre Alliance will perform its hilarious, all-male production, Nunset Boulevard, which will run Aug. 16-Sept. 1.

Professional actors and faculty in the High Point University department of theater will present the classic production of Waiting for Godot Aug. 15-18 and Aug. 23-25 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Proceeds from all performances will benefit HPU theater scholarships. The play, by Samuel Beckett, is an absurdist piece about two men waiting for a guest who never arrives. The London Times called it “One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation.”

In other news, like many arts organizations, NCShakes has faced extreme financial challenges in a difficult fundraising climate and its Board of Trustees has announced the theater will suspend all of its operations and substantially reduce expenses.

The NCShakes board remains optimistic that the theatre will be able to continue to provide its Shakespeare To Go educational programming in 2014. The Board of Trustees of NCShakes will evaluate other programming in the future.

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