by Lenise Willis

There is a variety of performing arts this week, including opera and ballet that offer a more unique or rare form of entertainment. These productions are a great way to broaden one’s mind.

Piedmont Opera is hosting several community events this week in preparation for its performance of The Crucible, written by composer Robert Ward. (See interview to left). Thursday is La Lunch with Piedmont Opera at Piedmont Club; Sunday is the a/perture screening of Good Night and Good Luck, and cast suppers will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Opera performance dates are March 16, 18 and 20 at the Stevens Center. March 14 is student night, and March 16 will have an opening-night gala. For a conversation with the dapper 94-year-old composer, visit the Stevens Center on March 17.

Friday through Sunday the Winston- Salem Festival Ballet presents Metropolis, an original story about the complexities of city life, created by Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer Gary Taylor at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Taylor commented that he wanted to explore the twists and turns of everyday life and those random life-changing moments.

Triad Stage continues 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. Special marathon days, which show both Part 1 and 2, are March 10, 11.

Coming up next week, March 16-18, is Greensboro Children’s Theatre’s performance of Snow White at the Cultural Arts Center.

In fact, March 16 will be a busy day of opening nights next week. Community Theatre of Greensboro will have its opening night performance of Avenue Q at the Broach Theatre. After seeing Theatre Alliance’s sold-out performances, it’s a good guess that CTG will also have a raving success with its Triad audience. Performances will continue through April 1 — no foolin.’ And also on March 16, Triad Stage will present Tick, Tick, Boom, a musical autobiography, at the Upstage Cabaret.