Playbill: The week ahead in Triad theater

by Lenise Willis

Piedmont Players Theatre is performing Disney’s Tarzan Thursday through Saturday and July 16-18 at the Norvell Theatre, 135 E. Fisher St., Salisbury. Check out what some of the Triad’s youth have learned this summer when Community Theatre of Greensboro presents The Little Mermaid, Jr., the product of one of its theatre camps, at its Starr Theatre Friday through July 19.New this Friday is Drama Center of City Arts’ Into the Woods, a play about the not-so-happily-ever-after endings of fairy tales. The production will be at Weaver Academy. If you’re looking to enjoy a little less scripted music, then check out Triad Meets the Triangle in the Round, an opportunity to see four great songwriters trade songs and stories. Local artists Sam Frazier, Jon Shain, Wes Collins and Molly McGinn will be at the outdoor house concert in historic Fisher Park, 812 Olive St. Tickets by donation. This event is bring-your-own-beer, as well as lawn chairs and/or blankets.If you’re beach bound this weekend, check out Maytle’s World, which will be performed in the Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall at the Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St., Wilmington. Performed by Big Dawg Productions, the new play is set on a farm and is a poetic memoir about family life, country music and North Carolina’s agricultural heritage. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. Performances are Wednesday through Thursday and July 12-15. Next week, July 15-19, Theatre Alliance presents Tick, Tick, Boom, an autobiographical rock musical about the life and struggles of a composer. With 14 songs, 10 characters, only three actors and a band, the play leads the audience through the journey of Jonathan Larson, the composer of RENT, and how he made his big break in theatre. Coming soon on July 22 is Open Space Café Theatre’s next production, Bat Boy: The Musical. The comical horror story focuses 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.