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The dance studio Artistic Motion School of Arts has kept itself quite busy this spring. Not only does it have an upcoming spring concert and a multi-cultural production of Esmeralda next week, but this Friday is its first-ever full length theatre production, Batten Down the Hatchlings, a Native American tale written by a local playwright.

On Saturday Theatre Alliance is hosting the improv and sketchcomedy group, Comedy Potluck, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Next Saturday, the theatre will perform a staged reading of My First Time. The performance is free of charge, with donations for Planned Parenthood accepted.

Next week is Twin City Stage’s last show of its 80 th season: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. The play, which depicts three sisters, one of which has escaped their hometown and returned with a boy toy, is for mature audiences only. Productions begin on May 29. Look in next week’s issue for a feature on Spike and his body-training challenges. After all, he had to be prepared to be on stage in his underwear.

Also opening next week is the Drama Center Children’s Theatre’s Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Tail at the Greensboro Cultural Center. The family-friendly play will have your small ones laughing as Winnie and his friends help Eeyore find his tail and celebrate his birthday.

In other news, UNC School of the Arts has had a big week. First off, it was its high school students’ commencement ceremony last Saturday at The Stevens Center. Part of W. 4 th Street was even blocked off to account for the influx of happy students and parents. David LaChapelle, alumnus and world-renowned photographer, documentary filmmaker, and director spoke at the ceremony.

Another great honor for the school was the announcement that four of its seniors in the School of Filmmaking are on Variety’s list of “110 Students to Watch,” a feature in the publication’s Annual Education Impact Report. Tyler Harmon-Townsend, Christene Hurley, Tori Lancaster and Evan Scott Russell are among “the best of the best,” according to Variety’s editors.

Coming soon to kick off the summer is Kernersville Little Theatre’s Pajama Game, Open Space Café Theatre’s Bat Boy and Triad Stage’s Common Enemy. !

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