by Lenise Willis

This week is your last chance of the year to catch some adorable munchkins and hear that classic evil laugh.

Finishing up its 19 th annual production this week through Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro runs its last week of The Wizard of Oz at the Carolina Theatre.

New Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 24 is UNC School of the Arts’ production of She Loves Me, the musical that inspired the movie You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Filled with sweet melodies and unexpected romance, the musical is heartwarming.

Continuing Thursday through Nov. 24, Theatre Alliance presents Messiah on the Frigidaire, a Southern comedy about a small South Carolina town thrust into the evangelical spotlight.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro on Nov. 24 to perform its rock opera, The Lost Christmas Eve.

In other news, tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. for the Greensboro premiere of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, which plays War Memorial Auditorium April 1-6.

This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide— all before they were thirty. Tickets begin at $55.

There are quite a few holiday productions coming soon that you should mark on your calendar in advance. If you want to ensure tickets for yourself and any visiting holiday guests, you’ll want to buy early. Such high-spirited shows coming to the Triad in December include It’s A Wonderful Life at Kernersville Little Theatre, Paper Lantern Theatre’s Santaland Diaries at Triad Stage. Also at Triad Stage are A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen.

Also entertaining audiences this upcoming holiday season is Theatre Alliance with its production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), which runs beginning Dec. 13. The show is described as a “madcap romp through the holiday season,” featuring the stories of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Christmas Carol,” and more.