by Lenise Willis

Happy new year, theater family! With a new year comes many new resolutions, a fresh start to the school year and the workday and, of course, many new exciting performances to engage our minds.

Theatre Alliance’s first play of the year is one that will certainly spark some titillating dialogue on a timely and controversial topic. The theater is presenting As Is, a captivating, dramatic and sometimes humorous delving into New York’s gay community. The play highlights the community’s diverse aspects by following one man’s relationship and his battle with AIDS. Performances are Friday and Saturday, at Theatre Alliance. Admission is free, but donations are accepted on behalf of the Adam Foundation.

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet’s FairyTale Series is back for a third consecutive year at Hanesbrands Theatre for one day only on Saturday. The one-act production is designed with a younger audience in mind, however, anyone who enjoys classic fairy tales would enjoy the evening. Performances are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

On Jan. 6, the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum is holding auditions for its 30th 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 proudly 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 comedy tells the 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. !