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Arts & Entertainment news Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Benefit concert Sunday for two local teens fighting cancer

Local artists will perform a benefit concert for two local teens fighting cancer, Robert Stephan Gilmore and Jalisa Gladden. The concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. The concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering taken for the two children, Robert Stephen Gilmore and Jalisa Gladden, who will receive the entire offering. Artists planning to perform include Rebecca Stinson, Virginia Rush, Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Will McCray. All performing artists are donating their time and talent. If you are unable to attend the concert, you may forward your donation to Soldier’s Memorial AME Zion Church,  PO Box 4232 Salisbury, NC 28145. Call 704-636-4881 for more details.


Open auditions for ‘Cabaret” — casting dancers/singers/actors

Piedmont Players Theatre is holding auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical “Cabaret” on Dec. 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Directed/choreographed by Tod A. Kubo, musically directed by Michael Wilkins, with set design by Reid Leonard. Rehearsals begin in January and performances run from March 10-19, 2016.  Strong male and female dancers/singers with strong jazz dance skills. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition.  Performer should prepare 16 bars from a song in the style of the show. Must bring sheet music. Please wear fitted clothing. Bring jazz or character shoes. Note: Auditions are by appointment. For more information call 704-633-5471. For character descriptions, see www.piedmontplayers.com


44th annual Cleveland Christmas parade 

By Lion Liz Steele, Christmas Parade Committee

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Lions Club will sponsor the 44th annual Cleveland Christmas parade, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m.

The Cleveland Christmas parade has been an annual event since the first one in 1972. It has always showcased local folks and activities. Entries are accepted in regular, religious, antique (auto, truck, and tractor), commercial, king/queen, humorous, and horse categories. Our parade still allows horses (which will be positioned behind the marching entries), and we still allow candy to be tossed (small, individually-wrapped pieces, and no lollypops). Previous parade attendance has been estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators, mostly Cleveland, Woodleaf and Mt. Ulla residents. The parade will start at the previous West Rowan YMCA building and travel west towards highway 70 and Freightliner.

There is no “rain date.” In case of bad weather (heavy rain, extreme cold), the strong of heart will continue. Join us if you can!

The deadline for entry is Monday, Nov. 30.  We would love to have lots of entries!

Salisbury Ghost Walk

7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov.  27-28: A great way to walk off the calories from Thursday’s dinner. Walk covers six-block area down town. Tales of shadow ghosts, apparitions, orbs; in the 1800s Salisbury earned the reputation as the “wettest and wickedest” town in the state. Bring camera, smart phone, a flashlight. $5 students, $10 adults, 5 and under free. Info at salisburyghostwalk.com, email reservations to boo@salisburyghostwalk.com or call 704- 798-3102. Visit the website to see recent photos from October 2015 tours at www.salisburyghostwalk.com . New tours have been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend and New Years.


Claire Lynch Band playing holiday bluegrass show at the Davis on Dec. 5

CONCORD— Bluegrass icon Claire Lynch is bringing her band to the Davis Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 5, for what promises to be an incredible holiday show. The show will be at 8 p.m. in the theatre located at 65 Union St. S, Concord, in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $36 at 704-920-2753 or www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org


Old Courthouse Theatre presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ 

CONCORD — It’s not Christmas without Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the Peanuts gang TV Christmas special. Now you can enjoy the classic animated television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz,” as it comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where the Peanuts gang learn the real meaning of Christmas. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of this beloved Christmas story as it makes its regional premiere with Old Courthouse Theatre. Rated G. Performance dates are at 8 p.m. on Dec. 3-4-5, 11-12 and 19-20. Also 2:30 p.m. weekend matinees on Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. See more at www.oldcourt housetheatre.org. Order tickets at www.ocytnc.org or call 704-788-2405.


Old Courthouse Theatre holds auditions for Grisham’s ‘A Time to Kill’

Carl Lee’s 10-year-old daughter was brutally raped. He killed the two men who did it. Now it is the job of Jake Brigance to defend Carl on capital murder charges. In 1984 Mississippi what is justice when a black man kills two white rapists? The town is divided between the Klan and the NAACP, with the National Guard between them in the street. But the real battle is in the courtroom, between Jake and the District Attorney, for Carl Lee’s life.  “A Time To Kill,” based on the novel by John Grisham, is rated PG-13. Performance dates are Feb. 11-28. Auditions are 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Be prepared to cold read from the script. See www.oldcourt housetheatre.org or call 704-788-2405 for details.


Caldwell Arts Council Seeks Artists for 2017 Exhibitions

LENOIR — The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from local and regional artists for possible exhibitions in 2017 at the Caldwell Arts Council gallery or the Art-in-Healing Gallery. Details for submitting are available atwww.caldwellarts.com/157-guidelines/. Portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 30, 2016 and may be delivered or mailed to Caldwell Arts Council Exhibit Selection Committee, 601 College Ave. SW (PO Box 1613), Lenoir NC 28645 or emailed to office@caldwellarts.com

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