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by Lenise Willis

The Triad is alive with the sound of music this week, as several theatres present musical selections.

One of the most popular musicals is the Tony Award-winning Annie, which Twin City Stage continues to perform in the Arts Council Theatre now through Nov. 20.

Thursday through Sunday and Nov. 17-20, City Arts’ Livestock Players perform Alan Menken’s campy musical Little Shop of Horrors on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Seymour loves Audrey, but he doesn’t have a chance while she’s dating a semi-sadist motorcycle dentist. That is until an alien Venus Flytrap falls into his lap. The strange plant’s thirst for human blood gives Seymour an opportunity for fame, fortune and love.

Thursday through Saturday, Guilford College Theatre continues its performance of Company, a musical that follows a committed bachelor who weighs the fun of bachelorhood against the benefits of deeper intimacy.

Stained Glass Playhouse continues Arsenic and Old Lace, a farcical dark comedy, Friday through Sunday and Nov. 18-20. The play follows a soon-to-be-married drama critic who discovers his charming and lovable aunts are poisoning old men with glasses of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic.

Saturday and Sunday, UNCG Theatre and the North Carolina Theatre for Young People present Fantastic Mr. Fox at Taylor Theatre. To provide meals for his family, Mr. Fox steals livestock from three local farmers who are determined to put an end to the thievery. Now the fox and badger families need a fantastic plan to save them, and luckily Mr. Fox has such a crafty plot in store. Performing as Mr. Fox is UNCG’s Chris Raddatz who had an impressive debut as a teen Elvis impersonator in Paper Lantern’s End Days. Performances continue Nov. 15-20.

Tuesday through Nov. 19, UNCSA will host its annual fall dance concert, which this year will feature four world premiere works by UNCSA alumni Grady Bowman, Trish Casey, Juel Lane and Helen Simoneau, whose careers have included dancing, directing, and choreography on national and international stages, in film and on television. Check out www.uncsa.edu for a description of each performance.

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