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by Lenise Willis

Though several theaters are closing out their season until the fall, there are still a few shows that’ll be floating around this summer. Children’s theaters especially have stepped up to fill the gap, along with Triad Stage and UNCG’s collaborative summer theater festival, Theatre 232.

UNC School of the Arts students Anna Rooney and John Bowhers have offset the summer theater lag by creating their own children’s theater, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre. The Peppercorn ensemble includes eight students from UNCSA’s School of Drama class of 2013. Their second ever performance, Pepper Jam Session, is an interactive variety show that plays Saturday and Sunday at the Children’s Museum of Winston- Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. All performances are free with admission to the museum.

Peppercorn Theatre received a grant from UNCSA’s Semans Art Fund, which provides support for students to pursue innovative projects and performances that benefit the campus community and the school’s audiences. Pepper Jam Session will continue on July 23 and 24, followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 9, 10, 16. All shows are original or were adapted by members of Peppercorn Theatre Company.

Continuing now until July 7 is Broach Theatre’s Pimp and Circumstance, the world premiere of a family comedy about a woman who finds herself caught in a hilarious web of entanglements after inviting her two daughters and estranged husband to the beach house for the Fourth of July weekend.

Now until Aug. 7 Barn Dinner Theatre continues to pay tribute to church ladies, their faith and their beautiful hats with the musical Crowns.

The Bomb-itty of Errors, a rap version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, The Comedy of Errors, has its final run Wednesday through Saturday at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. The highenergy performance is appropriate for ages 18 and over.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, part of Triad Stage and UNCG’s summer theater festival Theatre 232, has its final run on Saturday at UNCG’s Brown Building Theatre. The play is an adaption of Laura Joffe Numeroff’s bestselling book.

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