by Lenise Willis

Theatre Alliance continues its performance of White Christmas, a play based on the beloved film, this week. The play follows the story of two veterans who, after returning from World War II, launch a successful song-and-dance routine and begin tailing a duo of singing sisters. Play runs through Dec. 22.

Community Theatre of Greensboro is presenting a new show this week, Pocahontas, Friday through Sunday at the downtown theater. The musical, like the Disney film, highlights the daughter of a Native American chief who makes friends with the English settlers of Jamestown. Helping you relive the classic are the included numbers, “Your Heart Always Knows” and “Colors of Wind.”

This week through Monday, Greensboro Ballet and the Greensboro Symphony continue a holiday tradition with their production of The Nutcracker at the Carolina Theater.

High Point Ballet is also performing The Nutcracker, running Friday through Sunday at the Edward C. Smith Civic Venter in Lexington.

Also throwing their hat in the sugarplum ring is UNC School of the Arts, which will perform The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center Friday through Dec. 21.

Saturday, Royal Expressions School of Dance will fill UNC Greensboro with heart-warming cheer with its one-time production of The Christmas Shoes, a new holiday ballet. 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.

Other performances that continue to go on this week include Triad Stage’s Snow Queen and Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s The Santaland Diaries, both of which are at The Pyrle Theatre in downtown Greensboro until Dec. 20.

Triad Stage’s A Christmas Carol continues at Hanesbrands Theatre through Dec. 21.

In other news, Community Theatre of Greensboro will be holding auditions for A Raisin in the Sun Jan. 5 and 6 at CTG’s Starr Theatre. Participants do not need a prepared monologue; they will read from the script. All roles are portrayed by black or bi-racial actors with the exception of Mr. Lindner, who is white. Performances are Feb. 13-28. !