by Lenise Willis

For a special Halloween treat for the adults, the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center will again be hosting Stage Fright 5: An Evening of Short Horror Plays. The evening will include 10 plays by local authors presented nightly Thursday through Saturday at 8:05 p.m. and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. All shows are on the first floor in the City Arts Studio Theatre. Admission is free with donations accepted. Show is not recommended for children.

Also on Halloween evening, UNCG presents Recent Tragic Events in the UpStage Cabaret of Triad Stage. And also joining in on the spooky fun is Hanesbrands Theatre’s screening of National Theatre Live’s production of Frankenstein Thursday and Friday.

Friday and Saturday, and continuing Nov. 7-9, Guilford College presents Rumors, a farce about a deputy mayor of New York who accidentally shoots himself before his wife suddenly disappears.

Coming soon, Touring Theatre of North Carolina presents the world premier of Deployed, Nov. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at Mack and Mack Showroom in Downtown Greensboro, a Readers Theatre production featuring poetry and prose written by veterans and their family members. It includes entries from seven US wars on foreign soil.

That same week, for one night only on Nov. 8, UNC School of the Arts presents UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Requiem, a choral and orchestral masterpiece.

Meanwhile that week, on Nov. 7-9, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra is performing Deliverance, presentation of two musical pieces: “Jewish Rhapsody” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

In other news, NC Shakespeare Festival is still reaching out in an effort to raise the needed funds for the company to return to full operation by the 2014-15 season. To help raise their $100,000 goal, the theater has begun a clever and cost-efficient YouTube campaign.

The company’s first posting was called “Once More Unto the Breach,” fashioned after King Henry V’s famous exhortation to his troops to join in ardent battle. With only a few days left of their campaign, a second video was posted, called “O for a Muse of Gold for NC Shakes.” Both videos can be seen on NC Shakes YouTube channel.