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by Lenise Willis

Friday, 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. Opening for the performance is the Spring Theatre’s GLEE Performance Group.

Also opening on Friday is Theatre Alliance’s 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. Performances continue through March 30.

Also new this week is Menopause The Musical, which performs for one night only on Saturday at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. Set in a department store, the play depicts four women who make fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Through the freedom of open c onversation, a sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is a stage in every woman’s life and is perfectly normal.

Continuing through Friday, 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.

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.

Next Saturday, UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra presents Remembering Robert Ward, a tribute concert in loving memory of the Pulitzer-Prize winning composer who passed away last April at the age of 95. As the composer of The Crucible, Ward is a legend in the field, but he is also a renowned figure in the Triad as the former chancellor and a founder of UNCSA, as well as our own local claim to fame. !

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