by Lenise Willis

Triad stages are bustling again this week with new entertainment, just as people are beginning to venture out of their ice-storm hibernation holes.

Continuing this week through April is Barn Dinner Theatre’s performance of Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping, a humorous musical about what it’s like growing up as a Lutheran in the 1950s. As always, a ticket to the performance includes a pre-show buffet dinner.

Thursday through Sunday, Paper Lantern Theatre Company takes its thought-provoking and strangely comical Gruesome Playground Injuries to Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre. Performing March 13-16, the play follows two friends who over a span of 30 years run into each other at the nurse’s station, emergency room and other uncomfortable locations.

This Tuesday through next Friday, March 21, UNCG Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad at the Taylor Theatre on campus. The whimsical show follows two unlikely friends, a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad, through the four seasons.

Later this month, Broadway’s Best Theatre Company presents their second production of 2014, “Funny Stuff From Broadway” March 27-30 and April 3-6. The show features songs from some of Broadway’s funniest musicals. This will be the theatre company’s first performance on their expanded and enlarged stage. Reservations are suggested.

Also later in March are two productions that both begin on March 21.

First, Spring Theatre presents Meet the Mentalist: Featuring Erik Dobell. The mentalist Dobell uses psychology and chicanery to create illusions of psychic powers. He will be amazing audiences for one night only at the Willingham Theatre in Yadkinville.

Then, Theatre Alliance in Winston- Salem presents Aida with music by Elton John. The contemporary musical is a take on a classic tale of an enslaved Nubian princess and the bond between her and an Egyptian soldier. Their forbidden love mirrors that of Romeo and Juliet, in that their devotion to one another transcends even when they are forced to face death or part forever.

Is it warm in here? While the weather is finally heating up, so are these ladies on stage! The national tour of Menopause The Musical is coming to Winston-Salem March 22. !