by Lenise Willis

Continuing now through the end of the month is Barn Dinner Theatre’s Saturday Night at Old Smokey, a comedy about one mountaintop country store, a fundraising jamboree and a few hectic hiccups.

Thursday, the Idiot Box is hosting a stand-up comedy workshop for those who want to hone their skills or face their fears. Cost is $125. Sign up at Then catch their Friday Night Comedy Blend show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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” 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 is a family-friendly production and is recommended for ages 5-9.

That same week, Triad Stage presents its first Greensboro show of the New Year: Dirty Blonde, a love story inspired by the real Mae West. Their first Winston-Salem show won’t hit until Feb. 11: Other Desert Cities, a comic drama about a writer about to publish some family secrets.

In other news, 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.

By February, everything will be in full swing with a plethora of dramas, dances and musicals, not to mention a special Black History Month piece by Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center. There will be more details to come as the time nears.

Twin City Stage’s first show of the year will open in the first week of February, as well, with Pride and Prejudice. !