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by Lenise Willis

This week, UNCG Theatre puts a contemporary spin on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic The Scarlet Letter with its presentation of In the Blood, performing now through Sunday at Brown Building Theatre. Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the adaptation features a homeless African-American woman with five children.

Also beginning Wednesday is Greensboro College Theatre’s Elvis People, a play that examines the cultural phenomena of Elvis Presley and his effect on Americans. Performances run through Sunday in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre on campus.

UNC School of the Arts presents Spring Dance, a showcase of its program’s ballet and contemporary works, Thursday through Sunday in the Stevens Center.

Thursday through Sunday, NC A&T University presents An Evening of Classics, a compiled script, on campus at the Harrison Auditorium.

High Point University Theatre continues its last production of the year, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, at Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Filled with the humor, confusion and heartbreak of a love triangle, the play runs through Sunday.

Triad Stage’s swingin’ musical Ain’t Misbehavin’: The “Fats” Waller Musical Show, presented in collaboration with A&T’s jazz ensemble, continues its runs through May 13. The show includes 30 beloved tunes of the Harlem-born prolific songwriter and musician.

Friday, “The Love Boat”’s Ted Lange will present a staged reading of Born a Unicorn at the Winston-Salem Arts Council. Lange’s play, filled with story and song, chronicles the rise to fame of Ira Aldridge, the first-noted Black Shakespearean actor of international acclaim.

The senior dance majors in UNCG’s Department of Dance present their thesis concert Friday and Saturday in the Health and Human Performance Building on campus. The concert, full of original choreography, opens with “Aspects, Chain(ges),” which explores entangled relationships between five predominant aspects of “self.”

The Greensboro Symphony will give kids and adults alike a whole new Disney experience Saturday with a family-friendly presentation of The Magical Music of Disney.

Coming up next week, on April 27, Community Theatre of Greensboro will present Les Miserables School Edition at the Broach Theatre, while Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance will give a one-night-only reading of 8, a play on California’s Proposition 8.

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