If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate spring break or just the warmer weather, there are a few feel-good plays and musicals running in the Triad.
For starters, Twin City Stage’s Mary Poppins, which features the infamous, magical nanny in 1910 England, is a great production for the whole family. Productions run Thursday through Sunday.
Continuing this week through April 25 is Barn Dinner Theatre’s First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a drama set during WWII, which follows six women at First Baptist Church in Ivy Gap, Tennessee, who find comfort and redemption in one another.
Another entertaining drama hitting the stage this week is Triad Stage’s Crimes of the Heart, which features a few troubled sisters at a family reunion and their very serious, yet hilarious problems. Performances are at The Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro.
Wednesday, Greensboro College celebrates women’s rights with the original play How Long Must We Wait? by senior theatre major Haylee Pittenger, who wrote the piece by adapting the 1860 diary of Greensboro College student Mary Elizabeth Lindsey.
Thursday, The Osanbi Deal, the winner of the Drama Center’s 2015 annual North Carolina New Play Project, will be performed through April 19. The drama is set in rural North Carolina and is filled with unexpected comic twists as truths are revealed about a family living near a waste dump.
Also this week, UNC School of the Arts celebrates its 50 th anniversary with Guys and Dolls, a Tony-winning musical from the 1950s. Production runs Thursday through April 19.
A group of hilarious nuns will be coming to Carolina Theatre’s The Crown April 17-26 for Open Space Café Theatre’s Nunsense A-Men! Look in next week’s issue for a feature on the men-turned-amen.
In other news, The Drama Center Children’s Theatre is holding auditions for the musical Winnie-the- Pooh Birthday Tale next week, April 16-17, at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Auditions are open to children in grades 4-9 and will consist of a cold reading from the script. Come prepared with a song and sheet music or background CD. !