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Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret will be a little marshy this Friday when singer/songwriter Molly McGinn presents songs from her new album Postcards from the Swamp. Visit http:// mollymcginn.com to hear a preview and read the story series that gives the context behind the lyrics. McGinn has a warm and beautiful voice as she sings gospel blues.

Friday through Sunday, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre will bring to life my favorite childhood VHS, The Jungle Book, at Hanesbrands Theatre.

The adaptation combines the characters and short stories of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book and features two of my favorite characters: the sneaky snake Kaa and the lovable bear Baloo. Told using the traditional art of folk storytelling, the play includes animal puppets and actors using 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 August 15-17.

Friday, Theater Alliance presents a one-night staged reading of John and Jen, a two-person musical that tells the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life:

her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. Readings are free and open to the public, with donations accepted at the door to benefit ACS (AIDS Care Service).

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.

Coming up next for the theater is a one-night-only stage reading of Medea, an adaptation from the classic Greek tragedy. The reading, which will be hosted on August 15, centers on the myth of Jason, leader of the Argonauts, who has won the dragonguarded treasure of the Golden Fleece with the help of the sorceress Medea.

After marrying Medea and fathering her two children, Jason abandons her for a more favorable match, never suspecting the terrible revenge she will take. !

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