by Lenise Willis

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who’ll be participating in festivities this week. This is usually the time of year when people huddle inside and spend time with friends and family. (Although “huddling” may not be necessary this winter.) And so it is the same for theater companies this week, in which the employees are finally taking a break from their chaotic holiday productions.

However, there are plenty of shows coming into town at the start of the New Year, just in time for a post-holiday, post-extended family, post-inlaws break.

First, as a quick holiday note, if there are a few people you’ve mistakenly left off your list this year, you can always check out their favorite theater’s website and purchase a season pass good for the whole upcoming year. Even better, it’ll keep you out of the scary last-minute mall-shopping frenzy.

Now, on to the New Year. Winston-Salem Festival Ballet’s FairyTale Series is back for a third consecutive year at Hanesbrands Theatre for one day only on Jan. 4.

On Jan. 6, the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum will hold auditions for its 30 th Evening of Short Plays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center. There is room for eight to 10 plays.

The Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts Dance Department presents its Choreography Concert on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Weaver Academy Theatre. The cost is $5 cash only at the door and seating is general admission. The concert features new works by senior Sophia Schreiber and sophomores Charlotte Angermeier, Joyce Costa, Emily Mitchum and Abby Waldron.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem will present The Monster Who Ate My Peas on Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. All performances will be held at the Arts Council Theatre. General admission tickets are $10, and premium seat tickets are $14.

Recommended for Pre-K through second-grade audiences, the musical tells the comedic story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal: If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions.