The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem returns
Before we dig into upcoming performances this week, it’s important to note that some pretty big news came out of Winston-Salem on Monday. Twin City Stage, in its 82nd year of operation, has now changed its name back to its original The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. Regulars will notice that their old website now redirects to thelittletheatreofws.org instead of twincitystage.org—a bit of a beast to type, but still. The brand is getting back to its roots. It changed its name to Twin City Stage in 2009, but now chose to revert, “to better reflect its commitment, size and connection to the Winston-Salem area.”
“The most important part of this name change are the words Winston-Salem,” said Connie Quinn, executive director. “We believe that our original name ties us to the rich artistic heritage of Winston-Salem.”
The idea to change their name came about during a series of board meetings over the past year, as members discussed the theatre’s long-term vision.
“People preferred The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, and most continue to refer to us as The Little Theatre, so we felt we should to listen to our patrons,” said Michelle Welborn, the 2016-17 board president. Although I didn’t start writing about theatre until I signed on with YES! in 2010, so bear with me as I re-train my fingers that so happily covered TWC for not quite a decade. This is also not to be confused with the Kernersville Little Theatre.
Beyond the name change, TWC, I mean LTWS fans, will notice a more diverse performance selection from the theatre, as well. The board is focusing on offering more professional-quality plays and musicals, but also a wider variety of venues and training opportunities.
As for upcoming productions, this week through March 31, Barn Dinner Theatre continues to hand out big prizes, including a renewed friendship, in its feel-good production of Bingo, The Winning Musical. In between playing their own games of bingo, the audience will witness three best friends and die-hard bingo players who brave a terrible storm to make it to the annual celebration of the birth of bingo.
Monday and Tuesday, The Drama Center Children’s Theatre is holding auditions at the Stephen Hyers Theatre for More Fun Than Bowling, a philosophical comedy by Steven Dietz using the game of bowling as a metaphor for life. The play will run April 21-30.