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by Lenise Willis

Wednesday at 7 p.m., GTCC’s Jamestown campus presents its first-ever Dramathon, a newly created event by the school’s Drama Club. More than 30 students will contribute monologues, scenes and songs from well-known plays and musicals at the Fine Arts Theatre in the Koury Hospitality Careers Center. Admission is free with a canned-food donation, which will go to Urban Ministries.

Friday is packed with options for theatre entertainment.

Friday through Sunday, and May 2-3, Community Theatre of Greensboro presents Les Miserables School Edition at the Broach Theatre. Recounting the struggle against adversity in 19th century France, the story follows a petty thief who is released from his 19-year term and despite his parole becomes an adoptive father, as well as an honest mayor. But a relentless inspector makes his life miserable.

Also on Friday, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance will give a one-night-only reading of 8, a play on California’s Proposition 8.

Meanwhile, Darryl Holsey will make his comedy debut at Caldcleugh Multicultural Center.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is throwing its hat into Friday fun with the opening of Final Friday, a six-month series of events every last Friday of the month, beginning this Friday with local comedy troupe Nekkid Feet. Similar to the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway? the troupe improvises routines based on audience suggestions. Performances are at NC Shake’s Spirit Center in High Point.

Saturday, UNCSA presents Music for Mary: A Concert of Beautiful Music in Remembrance of a Beautiful Person, Mary D.B.T. Semans by the Winston-Salem Orchestra.

Saturday, Jessup Mill, an outdoor recreation center in Westfield presents Circus Arts with Flair, which includes such performances as stilt walking, acrobatics, fire tricks and more, but does not include any animals.

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

Tickets are on sale now for Riverdance, the infamous Irish dance group, which will give a final performance in Greensboro May 24. Performing at the War Memorial Auditorium, the group’s United States tour will forever close in June.

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