by Lenise Willis

Continuing Thursday through Sunday and March 1-4 is Theater Alliance’s production of Avenue Q, the Broadway musical that features both puppets and fleshies to tell the story of a recent Princeton grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment. Play is for mature audiences.

Friday marks Kernersville Little Theatre’s first production of the year, Over the River and Through the Woods, which plays at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Kernersville. The warmhearted family comedy follows a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who is offered a job in Seattle. The job is a dream come true for him, but for his close family, it’s a motive for a string of schemes to keep him around.

Oliver!, based on the novel Oliver Twist, is playing at High Point Theatre Friday through Sunday and March 2-4. The Tony Award-winning musical brings Dickens’ London to the stage to present a classic suitable for the whole family.

An HD Simulcast of Emani Met Opera is on the big screen at Hanesbrands Theatre Saturday afternoon.

Grab your tickets fast if you want to watch the Academy Awards like a celebrity Sunday. Community Theatre of Greensboro is hosting the Triad’s only official Oscar Night at the O. Henry Hotel. Tickets for the black-tie gala are $100 a person. Dinner from Green Valley Grill is provided.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out Triad Stage’s biggest undertaking, Reynolds Price’s trilogy New Music. Part 1, which covers the first two plays August Snow and Night Dance, runs alternating days now through March 17. Part 2, which includes the last play of the set, Better Days, will be presented on alternating days Thursday through March 18. This Saturday is a special marathon performance, in which audiences can see the trilogy in its entirety. Part I will begin at 1:30 p.m. and has one intermission. There will be an extended dinner break and Part II will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Coming up in March is Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s Are You My Mother?, an original musical based on the children’s classic. The performance is recommended for ages Pre-K through 3rd grade and will be presented at the Arts Council Theatre.