by Lenise Willis

Sunday, Triad Stage begins its 11 th season with previews of the diabolic thriller Dial ‘M’ for Murder. 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. Opening night is Sept. 9. Play runs until Sept. 25.

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.

First in Flight Entertainment in Winston-Salem is holding auditions Saturday for their third Broadway Junior Production, which offers actors the chance to perfect their skills while being a part of a full-scale musical production. Those auditioning should prepare a song and bring the accompanying sheet music or track on CD. Participants will also be asked to read from the script and learn a short dance combination. A $300 performance fee includes the script/workbook, 12 weeks of rehearsal, three performances on a local stage, professional direction and a fullscale performance. Children grades 1-12 are encouraged to audition. Auditions will be held at First in Flight Entertainment’s office, 4681 Yadkinville Road. Call Diana Mattern at 336.924.7028 to reserve your audition timeslot.

Next Thursday, Sept. 9, a staged reading of Anne Nelson’s The Guys at Broach Theatre will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11. See feature next week.

UNCG’s schools of music, dance and theatre will join forces next Friday for a collage concert.

Next Friday is also Greensboro Historical Museum’s 25th annual presentation of 5 by O. Henry, which features stage adaptations of short stories written by William Sydney Porter, AKA “O. Henry. ” The script, which includes stories adapted for the stage by playwright Joe Hoesl, includes “The Marry Month of May,” “Lost on Parade,” “The Cop and the Anthem,” “Mammon and the Archer” and “The Pimienta Pancakes.”

Twin City Stage begins auditions next Saturday, Sept. 10, for the Tony Awardwinning musical Annie, in the lobby of the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem.

Girls ages 6-12 will audition at 10 a.m.

Adults will audition the following Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.