Land a role in Piedmont Players’ production of ‘Chicago’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 23, 2014

Piedmont Players Theatre will hold auditions for the Tony Award winning musical “Chicago,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 and Tuesday, Feb. 18,
Strong male and female singers and dancers with great personality and presence are needed.
Women: Vegas showgirl types; men:athletic/acrobatic types.
Dance experience is a plus. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to sign up.
Performers should prepare 16 bars from a song in the style of the show.
Wear fitted clothing and bring character shoes if you have them.
To sign up, call 704-633-5471. Walk ups will only be seen if space and time permit.
Auditions will be held on the third floor of the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.
Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Rehearsals begin Feb. 20, and performances run from April 3-12.
Read about available roles and find character descriptions at
Director and choreographer:
Tod A. Kubo will be the director and choreographer. Reid Leonard will serve as director and designer. Musical director will be Michael Wilkins.
Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on.
The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”
Set in the roaring “jazz hot” twenties, this is the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail.
One of the most popular musicals of all time, “Chicago” has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.
The Broadway revival holds the record for longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
The Academy Award-winning film version of the musical starred Rene´e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah.
CONCORD — The Salisbury Swing Band Combo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Arc of Cabarrus/Union Counties Ball held at the Hotel Concord, 14 N. Union St.
The band is under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, and features vocalists Bill Bucher and Laura Millspaugh.
For details, visit
Ashley Sanders, Miss Rowan County 2014, will host a Buckets of Love Gala Afternoon Reception & Silent Auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.
It will be held at the Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St.
Tickets are $20 per person. RSVP by this Saturday to Anita Sanders at or 704-853-3781.
All proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports an array of pediatric programs and services.
Cocktail attire requested; heavy hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages served. All ages are invited to attend.
Center For Faith & The Arts will host “Authentic Voice: Creative Soul,” a one day retreat for women, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
Topics include:
• Quiet your outer voices with a body prayer
• Listen for your authentic voice thru collage interpretations
• Build community with a group mandala
• Be still and know yourself, meditation to cultivate an open heart
• Dare to be vulnerable with a movement meditation and dance
• Unleash your creative soul with expressive art
• Express your authentic voice with visual journaling
A healthy lunch will be provided. Come dressed for movement and messy art.
Space is limited and registration is required.
The cost is $65 per person. Register at or or 704-647-0999.
Center For Faith & The Arts is located at 207 W. Harrison St.
KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis is gearing up for another series of Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals in downtown.
The festivals let artists and performers set up for free.
Last year’s festivals included oil painters, jugglers, woodworkers, magicians, jewelry makers, musicians, pottery makers, live painting, writers and metal workers.
The festival is open to all forms of family-friendly arts, culture and performances.
The first festival is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26.
To register for free to be an artist vendor or performer, e-mail
The deadline is coming up for Lee Street Theatre’s 10-minute play festival.
Those who would like to submit an original 10-minute play for the sixth annual festival with the theme “Office Hours,” must do so by Saturday, Feb. 1.
For information and guidelines on submitting, see
CONCORD — Two documentaries filmed in North Carolina will be screened for free at the Davis Theatre at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 after the downtown Concord Art Walk.
Seating is first-come, first-serve. The program is part of Modern Film Fest at the Davis.
“Firewall of Sound” is an in-depth look at a music industry in transition, as the internet acts as both a blessing and a curse to both musicians and record label executives.
The film examines how independent musicians and labels are using the internet to reach more listeners as they scramble to figure out how to turn any sort of profit.
The film won “Best Documentary” at the 2011 Carolina Film and Video Festival and was named “Best Independent Film” by Encore Magazine. The film is 60 minutes long.
“The Projection Room,” set in downtown Kannapolis and at the Gem Theatre, looks at the dying art of film projection, as digital machinery replaces human expertise in virtually all theatres.
Directed by John Sevier Austin, the film follows Austin’s personal connection to old movie theatres and their projection rooms. The film is 40 minutes long.
The Art Walk, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31, will include visual art displays and entertainment all over downtown Concord.
The Galleries operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council at 65 Union St. S. will host the opening reception for Human Nature, a group exhibition of works depicting human figures and landscapes in a variety of media.
Exhibiting artist Regina Burchett will demonstrate how she creates her pastels.
Download a map detailing all the Art Walk stops beginning Jan. 29 at
CONCORD — ?Old Courthouse Theatre will present ‘Summer and Smoke,’one of Tennessee William’s most highly regarded works, in February.
Set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi at the turn of the century, the play is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor.
Each is attracted to the other but can they over come their divergent attitudes toward life to find love and happiness together?
Performance dates are Feb. 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.
The play is rated PG. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children age 12 and younger.
Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW,
For more information, call 704 788-2405 or visit
CHARLOTTE — The Department of Dance in the College of Arts + Architecture will host the North Carolina Dance Festival Friday and Saturday in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.
Founded in 1991, the NC Dance Festival is an annual showcase of North Carolina dance artists that travels across the state.
Each evening presents a different program of touring and local ensembles and choreographers.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students. They can be purchased by calling 704-687-1849.
This year’s Café/Cabaret is coming and for the first time it will perform for two weeks.
Favorite singers and a few new ones will do a British invasion at the new Performing Arts Center, ?329 N. Lee St.
This year’s show will also feature a full band of musicians backing the performers. The tables will be set and the bar will be open.
Featured performers include Kent Bernhardt, John Brincefield, Mary Ann McCubbin, Becky Lippard, Carol Harris, Patsy Parnell, Matt Newton, Chrissy Bracken and Douglas Brewer.
Musical director and pianist is Matthew Brown and special guest band members are Graham Carlton, Alan Dandison and Zack Davis.
The British Invasion takes place at 7:30 p.m. today through Friday and next week Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Bar and lobby open at 6:30 p.m. There is limited seating each night.
Buy ticketsnow by calling 704 -310-5507 or visiting