Community Theatre of Greensboro’s youth group, Centerstage, has been diligently preparing for the Junior Theatre Festival, which they will be attending next weekend. They will be performing the never before released Madagascar Jr., and performing a competition piece, Shrek, Jr. You can catch a preview of their performance Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. for a pay-what-you-can donation. You can also donate online to their cause to help them with the travel cost of the festival by visiting and searching for “CTG’s Centerstage JTF Trip.”

This weekend is opening night for Theatre Alliance’s first show of the New Year, Bent, an intense drama that takes place in 1934 Berlin during the rise of Hitler. After being taken by Nazi soldiers because of their homosexuality, two men struggle to survive with only their hope, courage, and love for one another.

Jamie Lawson, Theatre Alliance artistic director, said the play reflects a crucial moment in history that should never be forgotten, lest we repeat our mistakes. The play runs Friday through next Sunday, Jan. 24.

Saturday, comedian James Gregory is returning to High Point Theatre for a one-night-only showing of his standup sketch based on common sense, old-fashioned values, crazy relatives and other relatable humor.

Next Thursday, Jan. 21, High Point Theatre will host Soul Street Dance Company, a family-friendly performance.

Next Friday, Jan. 22, Community Theatre of Greensboro is performing a fun comedy about the notorious quirky doctor who can talk to animals. In Doctor Dolittle, Jr., the doctor is in pursuit of the Great Snail, but is suddenly wrongfully accused of murder. Productions run through January 31.

Also next week, North Carolina Opera will present a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The one-time performance will be on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Sometimes it can be tough being a woman in a man’s world, which is why Triad Stage has highlighted the courageous, yet comedic aspects of one determined woman in VROOOMMM!, a play about NASCAR’s first female driver. The play, which opens at Hanesbrands Theatre on January 27, is funny, dramatic and filled with smack talk. !