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by Lenise Willis

Before listing off this week’s upcoming events, let’s take a moment to review some theater news. Congrats to Community Theatre of Greensboro for establishing an agreement with Broach Theatre that will allow them to have their own stage for the first time in its 62-year history. Assuming CTG can raise the appropriate funds, it plans to buy the building on South Elm Street that now houses Broach Theatre and hopes to close the sale sometime in January. The Broach Theatre Co. will still present plays in the space through cooperation with CTG.

In other news, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem will continue their production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at Hanesbrands Theatre through Sunday.

Wednesday through Sunday, Theatre Alliance will “give up the funk” in Disco Inferno, a campy musical packed with high-energy dance routines and more than 30 classic tunes from the ’70s, including hits by Air Supply, Earth Wind and Fire, KC & the Sunshine Band, and Elton John. Show contains mild innuendo but is appropriate for most audiences.

Thursday, the Mixed Tape Film Series presents Jaws as the first film of the Summer Of Spielberg at Carolina Theatre.

Triad children and parents will be thrilled to see their “Sesame Street” neighbors Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and more moving into the Triad. Sesame Street Live runs Friday through Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Monday, Memorial Day, is the first night of Barn Dinner Theatre’s Branson on the Road, a gospel music event that brings together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy, bluegrass and great classic country. Join the Barn in the Branson tradition of good, clean family fun.

Coming up next week, June 4, is Crowns at Barn Dinner Theatre. The soul-stirring musical is a tribute to African-American women and their faith, culture and fashionable church hats. The show focuses on a young Brooklyn girl who is sent down South to stay with her grandmother. The play was inspired by the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by North Carolina natives Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

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