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Performances are picking up for this week and next, featuring an array of comedies, dramas and family-friendly productions .

This week through Saturday get your sugar rush on with Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at its Starr Theatre.

Also continuing this week is Barn Dinner Theatre’s First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a drama set during WWII that follows six women at First Baptist Church in Ivy Gap, Tennessee, who find comfort and redemption in one another. Production runs through April 25.

Thursday, UNC School of the Arts’ Jazz ensemble performs a variety of Big Band jazz styles, including traditional swing, Latin, fusion and contemporary, at the Gerald Freedman Theatre on campus.

Twin City Stage’s Mary Poppins continues this Thursday through Sunday and April 9-12. Set in 1910 England, the play features a mysterious nanny and a family that learns to love again.

Friday, UNC School of the Arts presents a free program by its flute students in Watson Hall, and a free concert by its symphony in Crawford Hall.

On Sunday Triad Stage begins previews for Crimes of the Heart, a tale about a family reunion, troubled sisters and their very serious, yet hilarious problems. Performances are at The Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro.

Next Wednesday, Greensboro College celebrates women’s rights with the original play How Long Must We Wait?, by senior theatre major Haylee Pittenger, who wrote the piece by adapting the 1860 diary of Greensboro College student Mary Elizabeth Lindsey.

The winner of the Drama Center’s 2015 annual North Carolina New Play Project, The Osanbi Deal by Marilynn Barner Anselmi, will be performed next Thursday, April 9, through April 19. The drama set in rural North Carolina is filled with unexpected comic twists as truths are revealed about a family living near a waste dump.

Also next week, UNC School of the Arts celebrates its 50 th anniversary with Guys and Dolls, a Tony-winning musical from the 1950s.

Coming soon to Carolina Theatre’s The Crown is Open Space Café Theatre’s Nunsense A-Men! !

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