Arts & Entertainment news Dec. 17-23
Christmas in the Grove
CHINA GROVE — Join the Town of China Grove for a two-night Christmas Celebration. Christmas in the Grove will be held this year on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19. New this year is Sledding on Swink Street. The town is having real snow blown in on the hill beside the Police Department. Bring your family and friends and grab a sled for a fun night of sledding. Hot chocolate, popcorn and s’mores will be available for purchase. Get crafty and make an ornament at the ornament-making tent hosted by Rowan County PTA Council Members and Rowan County Crosby Scholars located on Swink Street. Warm up by one of the fire pits or roast marshmallows for your s’mores and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Kids of all ages will be able to visit Santa in Hannah Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Hop aboard the horse drawn wagon at the Roller Mill and take a ride through the town. It’s S’More Fun In The Grove! Visit http://www.chinagrovenc.gov for details.
Christmas at Kerr Mill on Sunday
MT. ULLA — from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, bring the family and enjoy refreshments at Kerr Mill, decorated for Christmas. Historic Kerr Mill is located at Sloan Park, 550 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla. The Mill is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 704-637-7778 for details.
Horizons Unlimited Laser Holiday Show
Three shows on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3 and 5 and 7 p.m. Laser Holiday show with live sky, holiday decorations, holiday themed science. $5 per person. Horizons Unlimited, 1636 Parkview Circle. Park and enter from Lilly Ave., www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizons-unlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium
Piedmont Players Theatre adds performance of holiday comedy
By Barbara Robinson
All six performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” have sold out. Due to the overwhelming demand, PPT is adding a seventh performance on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Norvell Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults $10, students and seniors $8. Remaining show dates: Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec 19 at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Producing Partner: Crescent Construction Services. The Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704.633.5471, www.piedmontplayers.com
Lee Street theatre’s Christmas production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” presents its final three performances this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each evening. While you may have seen the classic 1946 movie, this production offers a twist: the story is presented by seven actors in a 1940s radio studio. Most of the actors portray a handful of different characters, utilizing different voices and accents to bring the whole town of Bedford Falls to life. Also in keeping with the radio play tradition, all the sound effects are done live, using shoes, newspaper, cornflakes, and other items to create the soundscape for the play. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is written by Joe Landry. The production is directed by Heather Wilson-Bowlby and sponsored by F&M Bank. All performances are at the Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center at the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center, 329 N Lee St. Tickets are available at www.leestreet.org or at 704-310-5507.
Closing weekend at OCT for ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz’
CONCORD — Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this classic tale and watch Charlie, Linus, Snoopy and the Peanut Gang come to life in the closing weekend for “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Shows are at 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20 with 2:30 p.m. weekend matinees on Dec. 19-20. Visit www.oldcourt housetheatre.org or call 704-788-2405. The theater is located at 49 Spring St. NW.
Hall House Christmas tours
A Salisbury holiday tradition: guides in period costume offer tours of the 1820 Dr. Josephus Hall House Victorian house, which is decked out in Victorian period decorations for the holidays. The Hall House Museum is open for tours 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A candlelight tour will be held on Christmas Eve, from 6 to 8 p.m. The last tour days to see the decorations will be Dec. 26 and 27. The museum house is located at 226 S. Jackson St. Admission is $5; $3 for ages 6-12; free for Historic Salisbury Foundation members. Visit www.HistoricSalisbury.org for more information.
PPT’s YOUTH AUDITION WORKSHOP
Saturday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. $40. Instructor Ed Whitney will work on effective audition techniques specifically geared towards PPT’s upcoming Shakespearean comedy “Taming of the Shrew.” 20 spots available.
PPT YOUTH AUDITIONS
For “Taming of the Shrew” Jan. 4-5 at 4 and 5 p.m. 25 spots available per time slot. Auditions are by appointment only. Show dates: Feb 17-27. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up for either. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. PiedmontPlayers.com
KANNAPOLIS —Through Dec. 31 at Village Park, 700 West C St. Celebrate the Christmas spirit in Kannapolis with the Celebration of Lights, boasting more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly from 6–9:30 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Walk through the park and enjoy the light displays or ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas. In addition, other activities will take place. You can roast marshmallows and make s’mores or visit with Santa in his studio. Special appearances from Mrs. Claus are scheduled on some nights so Santa can get some work done back at the North Pole! Stop by and watch a performances from the Kannapolis Singing Bears with a 30 minute Christmas Carol performance each hour beginning at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate and coffee are available for purchase in the concession stand. The Winterland Express takes riders through the lights at the park from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $2 per rider. Visit http:// kannapolischristmas.com /celebration-of-lights/ for more information. Also: Model Train Displays through Dec. 30: The Carolinas Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers will be back with their display of a 36 foot x 22 foot interactive model train layout in the community room. The layout features at least three trains in operation at all times, an 8-track center passing yard, and more than 50 buttons that can be pushed by visitors to operate accessories around the layout. Load and unload logs from a car, operate crossing gates and signals, blow whistles, operate a cattle pen, make a playground come to life, see the dog chasing the mailman, watch the baggage smasher, and much more. For more information, go to www.trainweb.org/acsg and click on the Carolinas Division.
Tickets on sale now for DSI’s upcoming ‘Wine About Winter’
From 5 -9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, tour the wines of Rowan County and beyond right here in Downtown Salisbury during our third annual Wine About Winter tasting crawl. Enjoy this event as night out with your pals or make it a date night. Tickets are a great gift for all the wine lovers on your list this holiday season. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, processing fees and tax not included, and $30 on event day, if not sold out. Wine About Winter tickets include: • one souvenir wine glass • one WineYoke lanyard holder • walking map • wristband. For details on age restrictions and will-call info, visit https://downtownsalisburync.com/
Accepting submissions for Lee Street’s 10-minute play festival
Lee Street theatre’s Original 10-Minute Play Festival is one of the theater’s most anticipated productions each season. Currently in its 8th year, the festival is a patron favorite. Whether you are an experienced playwright or trying to complete your bucket list, submit a play and have the chance to see your ideas come to life! Lee Street theatre is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual 10 minute play festival, to take place June 16-18. Submission deadline is Tuesday, March 1. Email Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org