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by Lenise Willis

Once again this week presents a plethora of family-friendly opportunities and new ways to spend quality time with the kids “” other than watching a television show together.

For starters, the Carolina Theatre has been turned into a wonderful world of witches and munchkins for Community Theatre of Greensboro’s annual tradition, The Wizard of Oz. Transforming the stage are more than 200 kids, teens and adults, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. The family-friendly production continues Saturday and Sunday.

This week through Sunday, UNCG Theatre presents The Velveteen Rabbit, a family-friendly play about a boy and his toy rabbit, in the Taylor Theater on campus.

For a classical evening and an educational experience, check out the area’s Shakespeare productions.

On Wednesday, Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company presents ShakesCollage, a school tour of a compilation of Shakespeare’s classics, beginning with a special preview at Turntable in Jamestown.

Friday through Sunday, Broadway’s Best Theatre Company is hosting its third Visiting Artists series with the Triad Shakespearience and their production of Hamlet. The group, directed by Rob Taylor, will perform an abridged version of the classic.

Bank-robbing debauchery continues at the Greensboro Cultural Center for the Livestock Players’ performance of Bonnie and Clyde, a musical that highlights how the two grew up, met and began their life of crime. The high-school-aged actors might make the show more relatable for the teens in your family. Performances are Friday through Sunday at the Stephen Hyers Studio Theater in the Greensboro Cultural Center.

The younger kids might enjoy Kernersville Little Theatre’s continuing production of the childhood classic Charlotte’s Web, running Friday through Sunday at Kernersville Elementary School. Seeing the adult actors in animal costumes is sure to be a riot, plus the theater hopes it will inspire kids to read the book.

If you’re looking for a creative way to spend the evening with your friends or special someone, then check out UNC School of the Arts’ evening of choreography, featuring the original work of its students. Dance performances are this week through Saturday in the Agnes de Mille Theatre on campus. !

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