by Lenise Willis

Area theaters are revving up this week for their upcoming lineups. While some have already started productions, others are simply celebrating the arrival of their new season.

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 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.

Open Space Café Theatre’s Heavenly Blues and Jumpin’ Jazz, written by OSCT’s own artistic director Joe Nierle, is still playing until Sunday. The musical tells of the lives and music of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Friday and Saturday, Greensboro Children’s Theatre will hold auditions for Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Tryouts are open to children in grades 4-9 and will include cold readings from the script so no preparation is necessary. The play is based on Tales of the Arabian Nights and is not a musical. For more information, call 336-373-2728 or visit

Saturday is a big night for Broach Theatre Company. At the celebratory event, it will be announcing its 25 th season lineup and introducing a few new members of the board of directors. The night will also serve as a fundraiser for their first production Tuna Does Vegas, which begins Sept. 21. The night will include entertainment by Broach actors and is dedicated to Broach’s Stephen Gee and Hall Parrish, who passed away in 2008.

Also on Saturday, Carolina Film Classic shows Singing in the Rain at Carolina Theatre.

Triad Stage is amidst preparations for its 11 th season with its first show, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, a diabolical thriller which begins Sept.4. After a husband devises the perfect plan to kill his wife and gain a fortune, he runs into trouble with a detective and mystery writer.