by Lenise Willis

Nowadays most children are consumed by video games and chicken nuggets, and therefore opt to eat supper in front of a TV rather than in the dining room. Imagine how hard it would be to teach them table manners. In Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s Mrs. Mannerly, hilarity ensues as we peep in on one 10-year-old boy’s perspective of etiquette school. Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre.

Friday through Sunday, Greensboro Children’s Theatre presents a cute, heartwarming fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Twin City Stage’s reenactment of teen rivalry will also hit the stage this weekend as the theater performs The Outsiders on Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit, there are a few running scares this month.

Saturday, Greensboro is hosting An Evening of Ghost Stories at Governor Morehead’s Blandwood Mansion, 447 W. Washington St. Storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown, a retired librarian and educator, describes spine-tingling stories, historic legends and fanciful tales about North Carolina. An encore performance will run on Oct. 24.

Already open is Woods of Terror on Church Street, which includes 11 attractions along its haunted trail, including Blackbeard’s Revenge ship, a miner’s shaft and an infestation of creepy crawlies.

Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods also runs the length of October and has a haunted castle, corn maze and hair-raising trail.

Next Thursday through Sunday Winston-Salem Festival Ballet presents Dracula at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Of course it isn’t Halloween until you’ve see those iconic, big, blood-red lips, which is why also coming soon is Open Space Café Theater’s presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which runs Oct. 29-31 at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre. When a couple that is engaged gets lost in a storm and seeks refuge, they run into quite the show at the home of a mad transvestite scientist and his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.

Opening on Friday, Oct. 24 and running through Nov. 2 is Theatre Alliance’s production of the Halloween classic Carrie, the Musical, which is suggested for mature audiences only because of language and violence. Everybody loves to see a misfit get even, but this awkward teenager might just take it too far. !