With the New Year comes a fresh lineup of theatre and dance productions.

This Friday, Theatre Alliance presents a free staged reading of Yellow, a drama about a family, including a young high school football star, a dramatic teen daughter and her gay friend.

On Saturday only, 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. One hour before each show, audience members are invited to take part in themed activities while meeting the dancers in costume.

Saturday and Sunday Twin City Stage is holding auditions for its spring production of Mary Poppins at the Arts Council Theatre. There are rol es available for six men and eight 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 sing-alongs are also allowed.

Next Friday, Theatre Alliance presents a free staged reading of Wedding Band, a drama set in 1918 South Carolina about a love affair between a black seamstress and a white man.

Later this month Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids at CTG’s Starr Theatre on Elm Street. Performances are Jan. 24 through Feb. 1. The production includes classic songs like “Once Upon a Dream” and in addition to a few modern twists like, “Maleficent.”

Also beginning on Jan. 24 is another installment of Twin City Stage’s Saturday Family Series: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare. The joint production runs one-hour long at the Arts Council Theatre. The show, performed by Lightwire Theater in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance, is a family-friendly production and is recommended for ages 5-9.

In other news, if you don’t mind the drive, 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. !