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by Lenise Willis

Thursday, Friday and Sunday, UNCG Opera Theatre performs Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel in the Aycock Auditorium. The opera, which will be presented in English, is based on the familiar Brothers Grimm fairy tale. To add some youthful playfulness, 20 youngsters from the Greensboro Youth Chorus will perform as the Gingerbread Children, who appear at the end.

War Memorial Auditorium will roar with laughter Friday when comedian Sommore visits the Greensboro Coliseum during the Royal Comedy tour. Known for her diva style and demeanor, Sommore isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. She is accompanied by performing comedians Bruce Bruce, Don DC Curry and TuRae.

Also on Friday, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will speak at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre about her career, playwriting and producing theatre.

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet lights up the stage with an inspiring production of Angels in our Midst Friday through Sunday at Hanesbrands Theatre. The performance explores the impact of angels in our world and how they guide, challenge and protect us every day.

Another play that celebrates God, but with a touch of relatable humor, is Twin City Stage’s Children of Eden, a joyous and inspirational musical loosely based on the book of Genesis. The play, examining the lives of Adam, Eve, Noah and the Father, gives a relatable, humorous, and yet heartfelt look into the typical and centuries-old conflicts between parents and their children. Play runs Sunday and then again April 7-10.

Saturday, the Barn Dinner Theatre goes country with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, featuring Lisa Dames, a Nashville Top-40 recording star, and the Barn Band. More than 20 of the country legend’s greatest hits are performed on stage as her brief life is reenacted. Play runs through May 29.

Sunday, The Color Purple makes its way to Greensboro Coliseum as part of Triad’s Best of Broadway. Performing at War Memorial Auditorium, the joyous and heart-rendering musical about love features a Grammy-nominated score of blues, jazz and gospel.

Still playing until Sunday, is Theatre Alliance’s Assassins, a dark comedy about those throughout history who have attempted to murder the president.

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