Boasting one of the largest venues in the Triad, and blessed by the muses since 1934, Twin City Stage gives the Winston-Salem community a place to both experience live theater and perform in it. Mitch Albom’s comedy, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, follows a couple of cockamamie duck hunters who believe they’ve shot an angel and are relentlessly pursued by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer—but everything changes when they stumble upon a pair of wings and a tiara. Like most Thanksgiving dinners, the production wittily intertwines a love story, garish media, cultural stereotypes, and a character that is half alligator and half man.
For almost three decades, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra has harnessed the melodious power of strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion to re-create classical pieces and vivify modern works. Shows speckle the schedule throughout the year, welcoming duos for “Date Night!” performances, delighting the senses with songs by local choirs, and celebrating snowmen’s birthdays with classic holiday tunes.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
The Idiot Box Comedy Club has a smart focus: to nurture local comedians. That's why it keeps area comics on its roster, giving them ample opportunity to share the stage with national headliners such as Last Comic Standing finalist Myq Kaplan. The club also hosts weekly improv shows starring the award-winning Idiot Boxers, a community-based troupe that's been crafting extemporaneous comedy scenes for more than 10 years. And to help keep their ranks growing, these improvisors hold classes to teach burgeoning funny people and kids who accidentally broke a window how to think on their feet.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio owned by luminaries such as New York's Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, 1993 Ukrainian Ballroom Dance Champions and Ukraine's representatives to the World Standard Championships. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.
Most gyms don't take kindly to members trying to climb the walls, but that's the whole point at The Ultimate Climbing Gym. Here, it's possible to ascend nearly every vertical surface, including a 40-foot lead climbing wall and more than 2,000 square feet of bouldering space.
Top-rope climbers can start out from 16 different stations, each with two or three routes that get them up to 35 feet off the ground. Kids and adults can participate in group or private classes if they're just starting out and want to hone their climbing skills. The gym also makes a great setting for birthday parties, especially if you bring along a cake stuffed with granola and protein powder.