by Lenise Willis

This week is a great time to plan ahead and buy your 2011-’12 tickets or season passes early.

Triad Best of Broadway Series is back for an all new season at War Memorial Auditorium. The 2011-2012 lineup begins with Cirque Dreams Holidaze in November and also includes Young Frankenstein, Elvis Lives, Cats, Mamma Mia and Riverdance. For tickets or more information visit or call 888.418.2929.

You can also pre-purchase tickets for the National Black Theatre Festival, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 6 in Winston-Salem. Visit for tickets and schedule.

For a free-admission play, check out City Arts Drama’s Macbeth, as part of the Summer Arts Institute’s Shakespeare in the Park, Thursday-Saturday at Barber Park Amphitheatre, 1500 Dan’s Road. Donations are accepted.

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. The play unfolds to the tunes of guitars, bass, piano and kitchen utensils.

Friday, blues musician Seth Walker appears at Triad Stage as part of Eastern Music Festival-fringe.

Friday-Sunday and Aug. 5-7, Stained Glass Playhouse continues to mark its 30th anniversary with The Sound of Music.

Registration is now open for School of Greensboro Ballet, third floor of Greensboro Cultural Center. Classes include children’s dance for ages 3-6, classic ballet for ages 7-adult, Jazz for ages 9 and up, and pointe. Classes run Aug. 29-May 19.

Saturday is Greensboro Ballet and Cheerwine’s first-ever “Think You Can Dance?” competition at Greensboro Cultural Center. The competition to find Greensboro’s best dancer or dance group includes solos, duets, trios and group dances in categories: jazz, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, clogging, ballroom and break dancing. Cash prizes awarded to top three performers. Participants have already registered. For more information call 333-7480 or visit