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by Lenise Willis

If you’re searching for a bit of regional flavor, Friday through Sunday and next Thursday through Sunday, Theatre Alliance presents Pump Boys and Dinettes, a musical written by a performance group of the same name that tells the story of four men who work at a gas station and two waitresses who work at the Double Cupp Diner in North Carolina. Mostly comprised of country rock/ pop music, the play unfolds to the tunes of guitars, bass, piano and kitchen utensils.

Starting Friday, for the next three weekends Stained Glass presents The Sound of Music, marking its 30th anniversary. See Mark Burger’s column.

Peppercorn Theatre Company, Winston-Salem’s newest children’s theater, presents an encore performance of Pepper Jam Session Saturday and Sunday at the Children’s Museum, 390 S. Liberty St. All performances are free with admission to the museum.

Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir continues to play in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret through Sunday. The fictional and comedic story details the life and eccentric personality of real-life “opera singer” Florence Foster Jenkins, whose off-key performances eventually earned her a concert at Carnegie Hall.

Now until Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Beauty and the Beast, Jr. at Page High School, 201 Alma Pinnix Drive. The musical is part of CTG’s summer partnership with Guilford County Public Schools, “Stages for Learning.”

Through Sunday City Arts Drama’s Livestock Players mark the 40 th anniversary with The King and I at Weaver Academy. July 30 Greensboro Ballet and Cheerwine will host for the first time a dance competition at Greensboro Cultural Center to find Greensboro’s best dancer or dance group. The idea follows suit with the popularity of such shows as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Competition is open to dancers ages 12 and up and is free to register. Solos, duets, trios and group dances are welcome. Categories include jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, clogging, ballroom and break dancing. Cash prizes awarded to top three performers. Participants must register by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information call 333-7480 or visit www.greensboroballet.com.

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