by Lenise Willis

High Point University’s Department of Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank, a stage adaptation of the autobiography, Wednesday through Saturday and Oct. 7-9 in the Empty Space Theatre on campus. The play follows Anne Frank, a 13-year-old German-Jewish girl living in Nazioccupied Amsterdam from 1942-44. The story recounts her diary, feelings, fears and relationships while hiding in the attic of a condiment factory with her family and others for more than two years.

Kernersville Little Theatre is filling the historic Korner’s Folly stage with the aroma of love in its production of The Last Romance. On an ordinary day in a routine life, a widower decides to take a different path on his daily walk — one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Performances run Thursday through Sunday.

Also continuing this week through Sunday Paper Lantern Theatre Company will present another Triad premiere, Time Stands Still, a hard drama with a bit of politics and comedic softness. The play follows a couple that has just moved back to New York after a long stint of reporting in the Middle East. Now they must face the moral struggles and compromises that domestic life holds.

This week through Sunday Theatre Alliance continues its 30 th season with Les Misérables, a popular historical and romantic musical set in 19 th century France during the time of revolution.

Friday and Saturday, the Chidlren’s Theatre of Winston-Salem produces the first show of its 73 rd season, The Teacher From The Black Lagoon & Other Story Books. Following Saturday’s performance there will be a season opening reception with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the cast. All performances are at the Arts Council Theatre and are recommended for Pre-K through 4 th -grade audiences.

Also new this week is Winston- Salem Festival Ballet’s production of Dracula, an original ballet by Gary Taylor with original music by UNCSA graduate Chris Heckman. Performances are at the Hanesbrands Theatre Friday through Sunday.

Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Smokey Joe’s Café Friday through Oct. 13. Smokey Joe’s is a nonstop celebration of more than 40 songs including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand by Me,” “Spanish Harlem” and “On Broadway.”