Arts & Entertainment News Oct. 6-12

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 6, 2016

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ opens tonight

Piedmont Players Theatre will upend the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Show dates: 7:30 p.m.Oct 6-8 and 12-15; 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee Oct. 9. Tickets: Meroney box office 704-633-5471 or online at  Adults $20, students/seniors $17.

Meet The Cast: BLACK STACHE: Josh Wainright • MOLLY: Brooke Baldwin • BOY/PETER: Joe Cornacchione • PRENTISS: Tanner Groppi • TED: Sirravada Norng • SLANK/HAWKING CLAM: Austin Young • CAPTAIN SCOTT: Darius Price • ALF: Jeremy Peterson • SMEE/GREGGORS: Benjamin Thomas-Reid • MRS. BUMBRAKE/TEACHER: Brien Lewis • GREMPKINS/FIGHTING PRAWN: Jon Mitchell • LORD LEONARD ASTER: Shawn Van Wallandael • MACK: Drew Gobbel • SANCHEZ: Keshun Bradley • STAGE MANAGER: Morgan Warren • Producing Partners: Carrol Fisher Construction Company & Crescent Construction Services.


Old Courthouse Theatre offers up the classic ‘Death Trap’ this weekend  

CONCORD —  In “Deathtrap,” a play within a play written by Ira Levin in 1978, the basic components of thrillers and horror stories — murder, deceit, innocent dialogue with hidden sinister meanings, plot reversals, unexpected turns of events, etc. — are twisted and rearranged again and again. Performance dates are Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. There will be a Sunday matinee on Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at or OCT’s box office at 704-788-2405. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW, Concord.


Lee Street theatre presents Tuesdays with Morrie


Lee Street theatre will present “Tuesdays with Morrie” Oct. 13-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $15+tax and available at or 704-310-5507. Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch, a journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie, his former college professor.

Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit becomes a weekly pilgrimage and one last class in the meaning of life.Tuesdays with Morrie” will be presented “in the round,” a configuration where the stage is surrounded by audience members on all sides. While this setup poses challenges to Daye and the cast, its advantages include allowing the audience to form a closer connection with the actors.

All performances are at the Lee Street theatre and Performing Arts Center at the Tom & Martha Smith Event Center, 329 N. Lee St. The script is written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on Albom’s best-selling book. Lee Street theatre’s production is directed by Brian Daye and sponsored by Cloninger Ford.

Unity in the CommUnity Block Party Saturday 

KANNAPOLIS — From 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, three host churches, which are predominantly African-American, Hispanic and White, are coming together to show that unity can be found through Jesus Christ. The event will consist of Christian music from various cultures, bouncy houses, free hot dogs and popcorn, testimonies, new TV giveaway and more. For details contact one of the host churches or call 704-785-0549. The block party will be held at Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St. where the Rev. Willie Rash is pastor. The other two churches are Conquerors Shield of Faith, Bishop Tony Hall; and Iglesia Bautista Discipulos de Cristo, Pastor Barry Matos.


The Extraordinaires entertain at annual fish fry fundraiser 

CHINA GROVE — Grace Lutheran Church Men in Mission’s eighth annual fish fry fundraiser (plus hotdogs!) is 4 p.m. until on Saturday, benefiting 3-year-old Austin Mowry who was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma last year. There will be a tractor show from noon to 4 p.m. as well as live music by The Extraordinaries. Bring a lawn chair. The evening includes live music, basket raffles, a dine-in or carryout meal, a playground for the kids, Corn Hole Toss and dancing. Raffles will be drawn the same evening. Details at


Special Olympics Rowan County regional Bocce tournament

Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 8. Registration is at 9 a.m. and play begins at 10 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at the conclusion of play. Held at Christ United Methodist Church, 3401 Mooresvillle Road. For more information, call 704-216-7782 or email

RCCC fine arts faculty exhibition at ClearWater 

CONCORD — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and ClearWater Artist Studios announce a new facet of their ongoing three-year collaboration: the inaugural Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Fine Arts Department Faculty Exhibition. A collection of works by 12 or so of the visual arts faculty will be on view in the ClearWater Gallery, Oct. 8-31 for ClearWater’s monthly ‘2nd Saturday Open Studios’ open house, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 8.

The official opening reception is Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. 

Both events are free and open to the public, with refreshments at the opening reception. Artist Talks by RCCC visual arts faculty included in the show are TBA; check the ClearWater Artist Studios at for dates and times. All told, the show will have some 30+ fresh, contemporary artworks on exhibit.

The students in the fine arts and design programs at RCCC have had a venue in the Student Art Show every April in ClearWater’s Gallery for three years. ClearWater Artist Studios is near Historic Downtown Concord, at 223 Crowell Dr. NW. For details see the CW Facebook Page, or call 704-784-9535.


The English Speaking UnionSalisbury Branch presents ‘The Christian witness of Jazz music’ 


Back by popular request, accompanied by his daughter Anna and using the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter, Dr. Paul Murphy will address the age-old questions concerning the nature of Jesus’ presence in the sound of secular music.  What does music have to say about the goodness of God? How does music reflect the redemptive nature of God’s Love through Jesus Christ? How does the essence of music function in ways similar to the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives — all through the American improvisational art form called Jazz. Murphy has been a professional musician since 1983 and has performed alongside Carl Anderson, George Winston and Lou Rawls. He studied with Roger Hannay, Stephen Jaffe, T.J. Anderson, Scott Lindroth and with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ellen Taft Zwilich and Louis Andriessen. He was coached by Tony Bennett. Murphy is a veteran of the US Army and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.

The dinner program is Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury; reservations are $32 each. You do not have to be a member to attend. RSVP to Gerry Wood at or 704-216-2660.  Sponsored by The English Speaking Union Salisbury Branch,


NC Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

KANNAPOLIS — On Oct. 20 from 7-11 p.m., The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will welcome 2016’s eight new inductees:

•The Avett Brothers – folk rock/bluegrass/Americana, from Concord; •Band of Oz – popular pioneer Beach music band, from Raleigh; •Chuck Brown (deceased) – funk guitarist known as the “Godfather of Go-go,” from Gaston; •The Carolina Chocolate Drops – Grammy award winning old time string band, from Durham; •Percy Heath (deceased) – jazz musician/bassist and member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, born in Wilmington; •David Holt – Grammy Award winning folk musician and story teller who appears regularly on PBS television, from Asheville; •Kellie Pickler – country vocalist and American Idol contestant, born in Albemarle; •Ron Tyson – longtime member of the Temptations, from Monroe.

This red carpet event is open to the public. VIP tickets are sold out but general admission tickets are available at www.NorthCarolina and at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Museum, 600 Dale Earnhardt Blvd.  Contact the Hall of Fame Museum for more details: at or 704- 934-2320.


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