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by Lenise Willis

The holiday season may be over, but there’s one theater that’s still celebrating: NC Shakespeare Festival.

After a year of struggles and many cancelled shows, things are looking a big cheerier for the theater company that recently received a $20,000 grant from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation. In support of the Shakespeare To Go school tour, the funds will be used to conduct 10 days of touring within Guilford County, with visits to as many as 20 elementary, middle and high schools.

The Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts Dance Department proudly presents their Choreography Concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Weaver Academy Theatre in Greensboro. The concert features new works by students and costs $5 cash only at the door.

Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro is calling out children and parents alike to audition for its upcoming production of My Son Pinocchio Jr., which will hit the stage in March at Greensboro Cultural Center.

The theater asks that participants come with a prepared song with either the sheet music or a karaoke CD sans voices, as well as comfortable clothes and proper footwear for moving and dancing. Other talents, such as tap dancing and gymnast tricks, should be demonstrated as well. Visit ctgso.org for more details.

Coming up, the NC Black Repertory Co. will present its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem.

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. The comedic music tells the story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas and instead makes a deal with a crafty monster that appears underneath his kitchen table. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions.

An admission ticket to this event is free in exchange for three non-perishable food items. Early reservations with food donations are required. Donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and may be delivered to the Black Rep office at 610 Coliseum Drive Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 p.m. Visit ncblackrep.org for more information. !

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