Curtain Call: Live Theater in the Triad

Plays that bring beloved stories to life and more.


C. S. Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" comes to life at Brock Performing Arts Center in Mocksville.

Image courtesy of Davie County Arts Council

Live performances are filled with action, adventure, elaborate sets and costumes, and the ability to take us on a journey — if only for a couple of hours — to places far away and times other than the present. Some include music and song. All inspire imaginations. Here is a roundup of what you can find on stage in the Triad-area in October.

Oct. 1, 2

“Bye Bye Birdie”
Paramount Theatre, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. $13-$16. 336-222-8497. The Gallery Players present this musical satire telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The time is 1958, and everyone’s favorite rock and roll heartthrob has been drafted. Thanks to a publicity stunt, fun and mayhem ensue. See website for performance times.

“Little Women: The Musical”
Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. 336-748-0857. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this captivating musical follows the adventures of the four March sisters — aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — as they grow up during the Civil War. See website for performance times and ticket prices.

Oct. 5

“Beauty and the Beast”
Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 5200 West Friendly Ave., GSO. Oct. 13 at First Baptist Church of Mebane, 301 S. Third St., Mebane. 10 a.m. $3.50. 336-420-9277. Tales are told with wit, twists and great musical numbers. Original musical adaptations of your child’s favorite fairytales. All shows are designed to run about 30-45 minutes. Children under age 2 are admitted free.

Oct. 5-10, 12-16

“The Mystery of Irma Vep”
​Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., W-S. $10.68-$42.70. 336-747-1414. A stylish and hilarious funhouse escapade featuring tour de force performances, lightning fast changes and hair-raising special effects. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves and a mummy wreak havoc in this raucous parody of Victorian morals and Hollywood horror by anarchic comic genius Charles Ludlam. Suitable for ages 12+. See website for performance times.

Oct. 7-9

“Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures”
Odell Auditorium, Greensboro College, 815 W. Market St., GSO. $8. 336-373-2728. A lively, rollicking version of the classic tale “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. Toad of Toad Hall is an eccentric but likable chap. His latest craze involves cars, which he smashes up as fast as he gets them. That means trouble. His friends Badger, Rat and Mole do their best to help, but after an uproarious courtroom scene, Toad ends up in prison. See website for performance times.

Oct. 7-9, 14-16

“A Little Princess”
Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N. Main St. No. 200, Mocksville. $7-$15. 336-751-3112. Come enjoy a performance of the play based on Frances Hodgson Burnette’s book, “Sarah Crew.” Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.

“James and the Giant Peach”
Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. $7-$8. 336-222-8497. Alamance Children’s Theatre presents this classic tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach — and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”
Starr Theatre, 520 S. Elm St., GSO. $10-$15. 336-333-7469. Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic. Friday and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m.

Oct. 12

“Freedom Sings”
​Elon University, PARC at Danieley Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elon. 7:30 p.m. Free. 336-278-5610. An entertaining, engaging and inspiring story of free speech in America told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music. An all-star cast of musicians revisits turning points in contemporary history and the popular and sometimes provocative songs they inspired. Multimedia and a riveting narration make this a singular entertainment experience.

Oct. 13-16

“The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf”
North Asheboro Middle School, 1861 N. Asheboro School Road, Asheboro. $6. The Wolf: villain or victim? The Three Pigs: innocent or at fault? The Jurors — Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few — solid citizens or characters with a past? This play examines the guilt, or innocence, of the accused from different points of view. See website for performance times.

Oct. 27-28

“Dog Loves Books”
Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Dr., NW, W-S. $10. A musical based on the book by Louise Yates. Dog loves books so much that he decides to open his own bookstore. Then he decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers — everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales. Recommended for grades K-2, this musical runs approximately 55 minutes long. Call 336-748-0857 x203 for school group ticket sales. See website for performance times.

Oct. 28-30

“Sister Act”

Starr Theatre, 520 S. Elm St., GSO. $10-$30. 336-333-7469. A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. Sunday matinee performances 2 p.m. All other performances at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30

“The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”
Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N. Main St. No. 200, Mocksville. 3 p.m. $8.50. 336-751-3112. This enchanting musical is based on C. S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children of war-torn England who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. Recommended for kids in grades 1-7. Approximately one hour.

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