by Lenise Willis

First, congratulations to the Triad’s very own Preston Lane, Triad Stage co-founder and artistic director, who was one of five finalists for The Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the national Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. The award went to Joseph Haj, artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, but Lane was nominated “for his profound commitment to the regional stories of North Carolina.” It is quite an honor.

As for productions running this week, there are several family-friendly shows in the mix of adult dramas:

Greensboro College Theater is performing The Rimers of Eldtritch Thursday through Saturday in Sternberger Auditorium. The play explores the dark side of morality in a churchgoing rural Missouri town that later becomes the site of a shocking crime.

Thursday through Nov. 23, UNCG Theatre presents The Velveteen Rabbit, an adapted tale about a boy and his toy rabbit, in the Taylor Theater on campus.

Also new this weekend is the Drama Center’s Livestock Players’ performance of Bonnie and Clyde, a musical that highlights the infamous couple’s life from childhood to death. The youthful actors, both 16 years old, had to conquer their first real stage kiss for the show. Find out more in next week’s issue. Performances are Friday through Sunday and Nov. 20-23 at the Stephen Hyers Studio Theater in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

On Friday Kernersville Little Theatre is kicking off its production of the childhood classic Charlotte’s Web. Performances at Kernersville Elementary School are open to the public.

Saturday, UNC School of the Arts’ symphony orchestra, Friends in Music, will feature the school’s new chancellor, Lindsay Bierman, as a guest narrator for Britten’s iconic Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Next Tuesday through Nov. 22, UNC School of the Arts’ will present an evening of choreography, with the original work of its students. Dance performances are in the Agnes de Mille Theatre on campus.

Also coming soon, next Wednesday, Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company’s ShakesCollage, a school tour of a compilation of Shakespeare’s classics, will begin touring with a special preview at Turntable in Jamestown. !