by Lenise Willis

One theater deserving of recognition post the season of giving is High Point Theatre, which raised more than $2,000 for the Salvation Army with its performances of A Christmas Carol, which ended last week.

And now that the holidays have come and gone and a new year is upon us, delve into those New Year’s resolutions, like “learn to dance” or “try new things.” For example, why not check out free swing dance lessons? The International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro will give free swing lessons Friday, from 6-8 p.m.

Monday, War Memorial Auditorium introduces the next show in its Triad Best of Broadway series, Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ hysterical musical about an esteemed New York brain surgeon who inherits a castle in Transylvania and, with the help of his hot assistant Inga, continues his grandfather’s crazy experiments.

Next Friday, Jan. 13, Theatre Alliance presents The Little Dog Laughed, an intricate, satiric play that follows the interplay between a movie star with an inability to stay “in the closet” and his fame-chasing agent. When a cute rent boy and his girlfriend enter the picture, the story gets a little more complicated… and hilarious. The play, by Douglas Carter Beane, has a modern and clever plot.

Also beginning next Friday are auditions for the musical Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Greensboro Children’s Theatre. Auditions are for boys and girls in 4th-9 th grade, and will be held Friday, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, from 1-4 p.m., on the first floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Children should bring a prepared song with sheet music or instrumental CD. Performances are in March.

Paper Lantern Theatre is gearing up for its next production, Next Fall, which will begin Jan. 19 in Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. This witty and provocative play by Geoffrey Nauffts takes a new look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Focusing on two character’s fiveyear relationship, the play also goes beyond the typical love story and forces audiences to examine what it means to believe — and the consequences of not believing.