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Take a break from the cold weather this week and get in the holiday spirit with a family-friendly production. There are several scattered throughout the Triad.

Triad Stage continues its sweet and majestic play, Snow Queen, an imaginative story about a young girl looking for her lost friend in a wintery forest. Along the way she runs into a few obstacles, including singing flowers, a talking river and a very selfish snow queen.

Thursday, the Guilford Technical Community College Music Ensemble presents its annual fall concert in the Entertainment Technology auditorium. The program, featuring a variety of songs from The Beatles, Carrie Underwood, Santana, U2 and more, is free and open to the public.

Friday through Sunday, Broadway’s Best Theatre Company performs its final production for the year, Christmas at Beechtree Place, a musical revue featuring a wide variety of favorites from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth. Friday’s performance will be followed with a special holiday reception.

Friday, Theatre Alliance is performing White Christmas, a play based on the beloved film, which follows the story of two veterans. After returning from World War II, the friends launch a successful song-and-dance routine and, with romance on the brain, begin tailing a duo of singing sisters. Play runs through Dec. 22.

Saturday through next week, Greensboro Ballet and the Greensboro Symphony continue a holiday tradition with their production of The Nutcracker at the Carolina Theater. Production runs through Dec. 15.

Next week, High Point Ballet is also performing The Nutcracker, running Dec. 12-14 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Venter in Lexington, as well as UNC School of the Arts, which will perform at the Stevens Center Dec. 12-21.

Royal Expressions School of Dance will fill UNC Greensboro with heartwarming cheer with its one-time production of The Christmas Shoes, a new holiday ballet, next Saturday. The production was inspired in 2011 when the mother of a volunteer at the ballet company was diagnosed with colon cancer. The Christmas Shoes was hers and her mom’s favorite song, so they created a production centered on the song’s story. Performances are in the Curry Auditorium on Spring Garden. !

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