Looking to escape the heat (or rain or hail or wind)? Check out this week’s productions and acting opportunities.

Barn Dinner Theatre’s First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a drama featuring six church ladies in Tennessee during WWII, continues this week through April 25.

A group of sisters will sift through their troubles at a family reunion in Triad Stage’s Crimes of the Heart, a comic drama, at The Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro.

UNC School of the Arts wraps up its 50 th anniversary celebration production, Guys and Dolls, this week. The Tony-winning musical from the 1950s finishes on Sunday.

Thursday through April 26, Open Space Café Theatre brings back a favored tradition with Nunsense A- Men! on the Crown Stage at Carolina Theatre.

UNC Greensboro presents its spring opera, Galileo Galilei, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the Aycock Auditorium on campus. The opera draws from the letters of Galileo and his family, as well as other documents to take the audience through the life of the Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer and philosopher. The opera begins with him as an old, blind man after the trial and Inquisition for his heresy, and explores his break with the church, and influence on art during the Renaissance. It ends with him as a baby, watching an opera composed by his father.

For kids wanting to get a look at the other side of the curtain, the Drama Center Children’s Theatre is holding auditions for the musical Winnie-the- Pooh Birthday Tale Thursday and Friday, at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Auditions are open to children in grades 4-9 and will consist of a cold reading from the script. Come prepared with a song and sheet music or background CD.

If you’re to get into acting yourself, Paper Lantern Theatre Company will be hosting spring acting classes April 27-June 7 in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem. The classes are on stage and on-camera scene work and are open to all levels. For more information visit

Next Wednesday, UNCG presents Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Brown Building Theatre on campus. !