by Lenise Willis

This week’s abundance of new and varied productions provides a taste of entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Piedmont Opera presents Robert Ward’s The Crucible Wednesday (student night), Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stevens Center. Friday’s performance includes an opening-night gala. For a conversation with the dapper 94-year-old composer, visit the Stevens Center on Saturday.

Triad Stage continues Reynolds Price’s trilogy New Music. Part 1, which covers the first two plays August Snow and Night Dance, runs Thursday and Saturday. Part 2, which includes the last play of the set, Better Days, runs Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Then, on Thursday, Triad Stage moves into its UpStage Cabaret space for the opening night of Tick, Tick, Boom, a musical autobiography, which runs until March 31. Written by Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, the play tells the story of a man who struggles in New York City while trying to write a musical. Approaching 30, he realizes his life is stagnant and he must make some difficult decisions about his love life, dreams and career.

Watch the magic of fairy tales come alive Thursday through Saturday when Greensboro Children’s Theatre performs

Snow White at the Cultural Arts Center.

UNCG will also present a children’s play this week. Wednesday through Sunday, the theater department presents Stuart Little for ages four and up in the Taylor Theatre. On the other hand, Community Theatre of Greensboro will put a raunchy twist on traditional children’s icons with its performance

of Avenue Q, which will run at the Broach Theatre Thursday through April 1.

This fun-loving musical mixes “Sesame-

Street” with salacity. Adults will learn some real-life lessons by watching Princeton, a young puppet fresh out of college, move into a shabby New York apartment and search for his purpose in life.

Saturday the Winston-Salem Symphony will celebrate its 65 th anniversary with a free community concert on Wake Forest’s campus.

Community Theatre of Greensboro and the Greensboro Public Library present A Fine Romance — Musical Revue at the Central Library Sunday, and April 4-5. The presenta- tion highlights the work of Jewish songwriters who influenced American culture.