Playbill: The week ahead in Triad theater

by Lenise Willis

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With the Fourth of July holiday this week, there aren’t too many productions on stage; in fact, you’re better off searching for a firework show than a musical. Check out a few of the local patriotic displays around town and then make your plans for next because there’s actually quite a few fun productions coming up. Check out Old Salem on Friday for a day filled with patriotic music, games, demos and other hands-on activities. At 4:15 p.m. there’ll be a re-enactment of the original July Fourth celebration in 1783 in Salem Square.Don’t forget to look up more information about Greensboro’s annual Fun Fourth Festival, which will be held in the Historic District of Downtown Greensboro. The day will include numerous activities including the Freedom Run and Walk, a Kickoff Block Party, parade and street festival and fireworks finale. Next weekend, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents its youth production The Little Mermaid, Jr. at its Starr Theatre. The play continues through July 19 and is the product of one of the theatre’s summer camps. Also opening next Friday is Drama Center of City Arts‘ Into the Woods, a play about the not-so-happily-ever-after endings of fairy tales.Piedmont Players Theatre is performing Disney’s Tarzan next week, July 9-11, and July 16-18, at the Norvell Theatre, 135 E. Fisher St., Salisbury. Coming soon in mid-July is Theatre Alliance‘s Tick, Tick, Boom, a rock musical about a composer and all of his sacrifices to make it in the theatre world. Open Space Café Theatre presents its next production beginning July 22. Bat Boy: The Musical is a comical horror story centered on a half-boy, half-bat creature that lives in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. After being discovered, he’s forced to assimilate and secrets of his past are revealed. The production is described as funny, clever and intriguing.