For it to be the off-season there’s quite the variety of shows this week, from the allure of gleaming muscles and painted pecs to the simple staged reading.

Wednesday, Carolina Theatre is hosting Skin Wars viewing parties in The Crown. Five-time World Bodypainting Champions Madelyn Greco and Scott Fray of Reidsville will be there as co-hosts as they show the screening of the show Skin Wars, which tests 10 contestants’ creativity, talent and techniques. Admission is free, presented by ArtsGreensboro, 17Days and Living Art America.

Saturday, The North Carolina Black Repertory Company is holding auditions for their Teen Theatre Ensemble from noon until 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at The Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. Selected teens will participate in various master classes taught by professionals in different disciplines of theatre. They will also get an opportunity to showcase skills, talents and techniques they have studied in preparation for a final production.

To audition, everyone must perform a monologue no longer than two minutes, a choreographed dance piece and a song. You must provide your own music accompaniment. The total presentation should not exceed 5 minutes. Call 723- 2266 for an audition appointment.

Also on Saturday, a very different type of show will be at the Carolina Theatre. Although the NPC Muscle Heat Competition doesn’t quite fall in our traditional theatre category…it does promise to be a spectacle!

Sunday, Twin City Stage is holding auditions for their first show of their new season, The Outsiders. There are roles available for nine males (ages 14-21), three females (ages 14-18), two women (ages 25-60) and three men (ages 25-60). Visit for more details.

Monday, Carolina Theatre will show Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry as part of its Summer Film Festival.

A new play reading is coming to the Triad this Monday and Tuesday. Triadarea actors will read Reunions, a new play by local playwright Bill Cissna, at Forsyth County Public Library on Monday and at Mack & Mack in Greensboro on Tuesday. Cissna, from Kernersville, has also debuted a few works in Greensboro’s Evening of Short Plays series and Stage Fright series. !