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by Lenise Willis

This week only, Marvel Universe Live! is coming to the Greensboro Coliseum, featuring quite a few of our favorite super heroes and villains, including the Hulk, Iron Man and the Green Goblin. Visual projectors and special effects will create an incredible digital stage that will interact with the actors and stuntmen. Performances are Thursday through Sunday.

Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s Mrs. Mannerly, a comic tale about a 10-year-old boy studying etiquette, has moved to Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre. Performances run Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 18.

Saturday, Oct. 11, UNC School of the Arts is kicking off its production of Guys and Dolls with a special event featuring free Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee, discount play tickets, a backstage tour, sneak peek performances, a raffle and other prizes. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stevens Center. The actual production begins in April.

Also continuing, this week through Sunday, Oct. 12, is Community Theatre of Greensboro’s The Fantasticks, called the longest running musical in the world. The funny, romantic musical features a love story and the Broadway classic “Try to Remember.”

Opening on Saturday, Oct. 17, is Greensboro Children’s Theatre’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a classic fairy tale.

Twin City Stage’s The Outsiders, a tale of teen rivalry, will hit the stage Oct. 18 and 19.

As for any upcoming chill-bump raisers, there are several spooky productions in the Triad this month.

Already open is Woods of Terror on Church Street, offering more than an hour-long tour through a cemetery, a cannibal redneck town, a cornfield and other uncomfortable scenes. Read our feature for more details and an interview with WOT’s acting coach.

Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods, which has a haunted castle filled with detailed special effects at the end of its haunt, is also already open.

On Oct. 18 and Oct. 24, Greensboro is hosting An Evening of Ghost Stories at Governor Morehead’s Blandwood, located at 447 W. Washington St. Storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown, a retired librarian and educator, will weave her magic with spine-tingling stories, historic legends and fanciful tales about North Carolina. Admission is $5. !

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