by Lenise Willis

This week’s playbill is full with a wide range of genres, from musical sensations, to side-splitting comedies and thought-evoking dramas.

Thursday, catch the opening night of End Days, a satirical comedy produced by Paper Lantern Theatre Company and presented by Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. Teenager Rachel is having a bad year. Her father has battled depression since 9-11, her mother has gone nutty for Jesus and now the apocalypse is coming within the week. And it’s up to Stephen Hawking to save them all. (See preview).

Filling Carolina Theatre with harmonious, unique jazz tunes on Friday will be the Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the most popular big bands sought after for concerts and swing events.

Sunday is the perfect day to take the kids out to The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, presented by Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem. Included are three stories told onstage by colorful puppets under black light. The performance is at Arts Council Theatre and recommended for ages Pre-K-third grade.

Pageant: The Musical is still playing at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., until Saturday. Watch six men sing, dance and fight for the title of Miss Glamouresse in a musical comedy. Some audience members are picked as guest judges and choose whom to crown as Miss Glamouresse. Play is recommended for ages 16 and older.

Now until Sunday, see No Rules Theatre Company perform Toni Press- Coffman’s Touch at Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre. The drama explores the life of lead character Kyle as he learns to deal with the loss of his wife, Zoe. The play reveals what it takes to rebuild one’s life after tragedy, and though its plotline is sad, it is still filled with mood-lightening humor.

Now until March, see Band of Angels, a country musical about the stars of the famous Ryman Auditorium, at the Barn Dinner Theatre. Featured are a cast of characters, including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash and more.

Be sure to flip to the theater listing for box office numbers and websites.