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by Lenise Willis

Saturday is the Barn Dinner Theatre’s first performance of Church Basement Ladies, a light-hearted, musical comedy about the Church Basement women of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie. Running every Tuesday-Sunday until Oct. 9, the show features a group of fun women who avoid potential disasters, lead the young and keep the pastor in order, all while handling a Lutefisk dinner, a funeral, an Easter fundraiser and a wedding.

Looking for a variety show? Tickets are now available online through Aug. 21 for UNCG’s September Collage Concert. The third annual concert will feature performances by faculty and students of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The theatre department will present an excerpt from the iconic musical Oklahoma! Students from the dance department will perform two pieces choreographed by faculty members, and the music department will be well represented by 350 vocalists and instrumentalists.

Tickets are $10-$20 and can be purchased at www.boxoffice.uncg.edu. After Aug. 21, tickets can be purchased in person or by calling 336-334-4849. All proceeds will benefit the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund.

Theatre Art Galleries offers plenty of summer visual art camps for children and youth. Coming up next week, Aug.16-19, is Color My World, for ages 3-4, and Summer Sampler, for ages 8-12. Each camp costs $90 and is lead by experienced art education professionals and held at Theatre Art Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Street, High Point. For more information call 887-2137 or e-mail development@northstate.net.

Next Thursday, Aug. 18, is the first performance of Open Space Café Theatre’s Blind Boy Blues, a world premier written by OSCT’s own Artistic Director Joe Nierle. The musical tells the story of Blind Boy Fuller, the Durham-born blues musician credited with developing the Piedmont Blues style. Fuller lived in and played his music in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Play runs until Aug. 28.

Join the Community Theatre of Greensboro on a magic carpet ride next week to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, when its summer camp group presents Aladdin, Jr., a stage adaption of the popular Disney movie. Play runs Aug. 20-21 at Broach Theatre.

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