Central Piedmont Community College
Halton Theater, Overcash Building
1206 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Dates: Nov. 15-24, 2013
The CPCC Theatre Department teams with the college’s Opera and Dance departments to mount the hugely popular “Les Mis” to honor Central Piedmont’s 50th Anniversary. The pop opera will receive the full attention of CPCC’s always impressive theatrical and musical talents, honed through CPCC’s award-winning annual summer theater season. With most shows selling out, the professional summer stock series has been a beloved local tradition since 1973, and much of the talent comes from right here in Charlotte. In spring of 2014, CPCC Theatre brings Neil Simon’s vaudeville comedy “The Sunshine Boys” to the stage April 4-13, as well as a musical revue titled “Some Enchanted Evening” featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein from February 14-23.
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Robinson Hall, Black Box Theater
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Dates: Oct. 30 through Nov. 10, 2013
UNCC alum Sarah Brew translated this 17th century comedy by Tirso de Molina from the Spanish original, and it receives its first English production here. The baroque comedy involves mistaken identities, lovers’ triangles and a fair amount of cross-dressing. In February, the UNCC Theater Department presents “4:48 Psychosis,” the final play of British author Sarah Kane before her suicide at age 28, and on April 10-16, “Spring Awakening,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A rock score by Duncan Sheik electrifies this dark musical based on a controversial German play.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Center
207 Faculty Drive
Davidson, NC 28035
Dates: March 26-30, 2014
Evoking the myths and music of the Appalachian Mountains, this original musical was written by Preston Lane, artistic director and co-founder of Triad Stage in Greensboro, and singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, the team’s fourth collaboration to date. Covering the years 1894-1931, the play takes place in a mountain village and a mill town during a time of turbulent change. This is the new play’s second production since its world premiere at Triad Stage. Dossett, an accomplished bluegrass singer, will guest-star accompanied by Davidson student actors and musicians. Other productions in the Davidson season include: Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (Oct. 25-27, Nov. 1-2, 2013) and the comedies “Reckless” (Nov. 13-17, 2013) and “Mr. Marmalade” (Feb. 19-23, 2014).
Johnson C. Smith University Arts Factory
1545 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28216
Dates: Oct. 16-19, 2013
An evening of one-acts kicks off the JCSU season. “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang, is a comedy of the absurd centered on an accountant accidentally thrust onto stage to perform a play he knows nothing about. “Poof!” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is a short work about a housewife whose husband spontaneously goes up in smoke. On February 19-23, the JCSU students will present a longer work by Nottage, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” which won two NAACP Theatre awards.
Queens University of Charlotte
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28207
Dates: March 20-23, 2014
Do the time warp with the student actors of Queens College this spring as they romp through “Rocky Horror.” The camp musical attracts a cult following, and you’re sure to see outrageous costumes and a variety of props in the audience. Check the schedule for possible midnight shows. Earlier in the season, Queens presents “Dearly Departed,” an off-Broadway hit comedy set in the Bible Belt from November 14-17.
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