by Lenise Willis

High Point University’s Department of Theatre presents The Diary of Anne Frank, a stage adaptation of the autobiographical book, for a final performance Wednesday in the Empty Space Theatre on campus. The play follows Anne Frank, a 13-year-old German- Jewish girl living in Nazi-occupied 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.

Community Theatre of Greensboro continues Smokey Joe’s Café this week through Sunday. Smokey Joe’s is a nonstop celebration of more than 40 songs including “Jail House Rock,” “Stand by Me,” “Spanish Harlem” and “On Broadway.”

Paper Lantern Theatre Company will present an encore performance of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Donal Margulies’ Time Stands Still, a play about a foreign correspondent couple, sacrifice and personal responsibility. Performances are at the Hanesbrands Theatre Thursday, through Sunday.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, next week We Are One presents Survival Stories, a new play about African American women surviving breast cancer, at Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center select days Oct. 16-26.

Hanesbrands Theatre is proud to present Emerging Pictures’ “Ballet in Cinema” High Definition ballet screenings in downtown Winston-Salem Oct. 20, featuring Moscow’s the Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus.

Coming up, NC Shakespeare Festival is making a come back with a few select shows, in hopes of gaining continued support for their revival. The company will present two riveting performances of Michael Huie’s one-man show, Jack, on Friday, Oct. 25.

Presented in the spirit of Halloween, Jack is a spine-tingling telling of the story of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper, who haunted and tormented the East End of London through the fall of 1888.

Actually, the last week of October is teeming with theatrical events, including the Greensboro Children’s Theatre presentation of Cinderella, the World’s Favorite Fairy Tale Oct. 25-27 at the Weaver Academy Theatre.

Also coming soon is Piedmont Opera’s performance of The Flying Dutchman Oct. 25, 27, 29.