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After 2014’s final countdown and the glow from the fireworks are extinguished, there’ll be a fresh lineup of theatre productions to ring in the New Year.

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

Also on Monday and Tuesday, the Drama Center’s Playwrights’ Forum is holding auditions for An Evening of Short Plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. All plays are original works by local playwrights. Parts available include a wide variety for 16 and up. Shows are Feb. 5-8 during the Greensboro Fringe Festival. For more information visit thedramacenter. com or call 373-2728.

In the coming weeks, for one day only on Jan. 10, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet presents its Fairy Tale series, which features three stories: Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. The performance includes choreography by Gary Taylor. Performance times are at 11 a.m, 2 p .m. and 5 p.m.

Twin City Stage is also getting ready for the New Year by holding auditions for its spring production of Mary Poppins at the Arts Council Theatre. Audition dates are Jan. 11 and 12. There are roles available for 6 men and 8 women (ages 18-60) and one boy and one girl (ages 8-12). Actors are asked to prepare a song and bring along sheet music in the correct key. A cappella and CD singalongs are also allowed.

If you don’t mind traveling a bit for a good show, North Carolina Opera will present Approaching Ali, a 50-minute contemporary chamber opera, on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, and on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh.

Stay tuned for more children’s productions that will be hitting the stage in late January. !

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