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A few big things happened in the theater world this week, from a flood, to a fire, to a rebirth. Hm, that sounds familiar.

For one, Open Space Café Theatre is back in production for its seventh season! For about a year the Greensboro theater, formerly located on Market Street, had taken a leave of absence after being on the move in search of a new permanent and affordable location.

The theater is now up and running and just last week finished a sold-out performance of the musical Hey, Old Friends at Carolina Theatre’s Crown Stage.

Open Space Café Theatre is now gearing up for its next production, RENT, in July. Next week, on April 22, the theater is holding auditions for actors ages 16-20. Those interested should prepare a song that demonstrates their range and bring sheet music in their key.

Also making its way in the news is Triad Stage. Those who keep up with their local daily are already aware that the Greensboro theater’s loswer level was flooded due to a leak from a neighboring building. The theater announced last weekend that they had discovered the source and already pumped out a few thousand gallons of water. They’re still pumping.

Ironically, the theater’s production facility caught fire last week, although co-founder Rich Whittington said thankfully the firefighters responded within 15 minutes, minimizing the damage. Whittington joked that they’re looking into getting some locust repellent (to prepare for the next plague).

Also next week, Kernersville Little Theatre is also gearing up for its next show, Brigadoon, a whimsical musical about true love, which will perform at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium April 21-22.

In other news, Kernersville Little Theatre is still accepting donated items for its yard sale on Saturday, April 26. For more information, call 993-6556 or email kltheatre@embargmail.com.

Continuing its performances until April 27, Barn Dinner Theatre is still showing 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. !

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