The Arts

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet returns Halloween classic


PrintThursday through Saturday, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet returns its Halloween classic, Dracula, composed by Chris Heckman and choreographed by Gary Taylor. A local original, the performance is based on the classic tale but with a contemporary twist. Told from the viewpoint of Dracula himself, the story focuses on his undying and timeless love for Mina.

Theatre Alliance’s production of Silence! The Musical, a parody based on Hannibal Lector, opens this Friday and continues through Halloween night. “Fans of the movie will be impressed with the acumen of this sharp, witty off-Broadway hit,” said artistic director Jamie Lawson.

Theatre Alliance regular James Crowe, part of the little lamb ensemble, added, “I love the sheer outrageousness of Silence! It’s not often that an actor gets to play such larger-than-life characters, and it really allows the audience to see a part of you that they don’t normally get to.”

Also new this weekend is The Barn Dinner Theatre’s production of one of its most requested shows, Love Machine The Musical. The high-energy musical revue, written, directed and choreographed by local playwright Nathan Alston, runs Saturday through Nov. 22.

“(It’s) the hottest, most requested show ever to hit The Barn stage,” said producer Ric Gutierrez. “It literally takes the entire audience back to a time when music was real and it was good. Patrons just can’t get enough of Sweet Daddy and the cast.”

Sweet Daddy Love and the transport the audience back to the soulful Motown of the 60s and 70s.

Continuing Friday through Sunday is Greensboro College’s original play, Dear Curly-Haired Lesbians, playing at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, 1700 Orchard St.

Next week, Twin City Stage will present the world premiere of Shades of Valor, an award-winning new drama by Karen L. Lewis, opening next Friday, Oct. 28, at the Hanesbrands Theatre. The play takes place in Vietnam in 1971, when a young lieutenant is killed by one of his brothers-in-arms.

Ten years later, the soldiers’ mothers confront each other – and the past – as they await Danny’s return from prison. Their meeting in New Orleans forces them to face harsh realities, and find new revelations and ultimately acceptance. The play, an intimate, personal exploration of military, race and class warfare, contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.