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New this week, Carolina Theater is hosting The Monti: Out of Control, an event run by a non-profit organization that invites people from the community to tell personal stories on stage without notes. The show is on Thursday. For more than six years the award-winning series has been selling out venues all over North Carolina and can be heard nationally on NPR.

Thursday through Saturday, Greensboro’s Livestock Players will take part in Shakespeare in the Park’s Romeo and Juliet.

This is the last week of performances of Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Hairspray, Jr., a youth production of the musical that follows a spunky plus-size teen who dreams to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show in the 1960s. Performances are through Sunday at the community theater’s permanent home at 520 S. Elm St.

Also continuing this week is Theatre Alliance’s production of Miss Saigon, a romantic tale about an American soldier and a young Vietnamese girl who fall in love, only to be separated by the fall of Saigon. The heart-wrenching romantic drama places Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in the modern world.

Saturday, Broadway’s Best Theatre Company presents one of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains, the Whitetop Mountain Band, starting at 6 p.m. They have a great following at square dances all over Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Tickets are $15.

Coming soon is Peppercorn Children’s Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book at Hanesbrands Theatre August 1-3 and 8-10. The adaptation entwines the characters and short stories of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.

Told using the traditional art of folk storytelling, the play includes animal puppets dancing from tale to tale as the actors use rhythm and movement to paint a brilliant and diverse picture of the jungle.

Next up for the theater will be the production of West Side Story in August.

In other news, continuing through August 31 Theatre Alliance patrons can vote for the next season’s shows online at wstheatrealliance.org by clicking on their selection and submitting a donation. !

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