by Lenise Willis

This week offers a break in the summer theatre lag with a few new performances, including a world premiere.

The Barn Dinner Theatre’s Church Basement Ladies, a light-hearted, musical comedy about the women of East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie, is still running Tuesday-Sunday until Oct.r 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.

Friday is the first performance of Open Space Café Theatre’s Heavenly Blues and Jumpin’ Jazz, written by OSCT’s own Artistic Director Joe Nierle. The musical tells of the lives and music of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Play runs until Aug. 28.

Also on Friday, the Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time comedy tour stops by War Memorial Auditorium for a one-nightonly performance.

Friday through Sunday Theatre Alliance presents Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, a chilling drama about a 10-yearold girl who goes missing and the journeys of three people whose lives collide due to such horrific circumstances. Next up for Theatre Alliance is Kiss of the Spider Woman coming in September.

Saturday and Sunday, Community Theatre of Greensboro will give audiences a magical tour of Agrabah, City of Enchantment, when its summer camp group presents Aladdin, Jr., a stage adaption of the popular Disney movie, at Broach Theatre.

If you can’t decide what you’re in the mood to see, tickets are now available online through Sunday 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 Starting Monday, tickets can be purchased in person or by calling 336.334.4849.