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New this week is Open Space Café Theatre’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a fun comedy about a group of socially awkward nerds (and their parents) competing to take home the spelling bee championship, all while showing off their special quirks. The production runs Wednesday through Sunday.

In addition to Community Theatre of Greensboro’s production of James and the Giant Peach, Jr., which is running this weekend, Friday through Sunday, and next weekend, the theatre is also continuing its free fitness program. Each Monday and Wednesday this week through July 27, the theatre is hosting a dance class, in which participants will dance to Shaun T’s CIZE video. The class is aimed at muscle toning, core development, cardio exercise and fun. Ongoing is CTG’s summer camps, as well, so visit ctgso.org if interested.

Coming up next week is Theatre Alliance’s farcical comedy, Cheatin’, a fast-paced play set in a small gossipridden town in Texas. Productions are July 22-31.

In other news, St. Thomas Players in Salisbury presents August: Osage County at Lee Street theatre July 21-24 and July 28-30.

When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

July 30, UNC School of the Arts is hosting an exciting production: Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale, an enthralling fusion of circus arts, dance, maskand-puppet theater, original music, elaborate costumes and intricate animation. Tarocco tells the story of an Italian WWI infantryman, who’s trapped behind enemy lines and passes the time by telling a dying comrade stories. To craft his stories, he uses the images from an ancient deck of playing cards known as the Tarocco Piemontese (a predecessor of modern Tarot cards). What follows is a spellbinding and dark narrative based on the Fool’s Journey of the Tarot. !

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