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Arts & Entertainment news Nov. 24-30

Christmas Concert benefits Rowan One Church One Child Ministry

SPENCER — At 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, a live concert featuring Raising Glory Band benefits Rowan One Church One Child Ministry and is hosted by Oakdale Baptist Church, located at 200 Charles St.

Find out how you can make a difference in the life of a Rowan County child or teenager receiving Child Protective or Foster Care Services. Bring a toy to give to a child for Christmas, give a love offering to help purchase a bed for a child or even become a foster parent or adoptive parent to a Rowan County child.

Learn more at the concert or email Jon.Hunter@rowancountync.gov for more information.

Pickin’ for the Master — 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25: Concert by MJ and Friends followed by open jam session. Concessions available. No admission charge, donations accepted. Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, 704-633-5986, www.tradingford.net

Open mic at Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St. — 7-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25: Java Jam Open Mic hosted by local favorite blues-woman Sue McHugh. 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Hotspot Concert at Mean Mug Coffee Co., 1024 S. Fulton St. — 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26: Featuring Danny Franklin, the walking juke-box. 704-754-4615, www.meanmugcoffeeco.com

Holiday hysteria and hijinks take stage in ‘10 Minutes To Christmas’

By Caitlin Billings, LSt Marketing Director 

Lee Street theatre hightails it into the holiday season with its ninth annual 10-Minute New Play Festival: “10 Minutes to Christmas.” Opening Dec. 7 and playing through the 10th, “10 Minutes to Christmas” is sure to delight audiences and leave them in stitches. Lee Street has compiled six original 10-minute plays all centered around the holiday season. But, these aren’t your average family gatherings!

“Trimmed to Nothingness” by Steven D. Miller brings us Meghan and her fiancee Andrew, who is about to experience a Dougherty family Christmas for the first time.

“Thanks But No Thanks” by Roy Proctor features Egbert and Janetta Buckingham, a middle-class London couple, who dread nothing quite so much as writing thank-you notes for Christmas gifts they never wanted and would just as soon never have gotten.

And in “Star of Wonder” by Andy Rassler, an exasperated woman named Bina follows her husband through the desert to see what’s under a bright new star.

“In The Elf on a Shelf” by Bill Greene, we find out that nothing good happens when the family that an elf watches over loses its Christmas spirit.

“Christmas Boxes” by Tom Bennett gives you Julie and David in a couple’s spat that escalates with to a plate and banana being thrown before ending on a touching — and actually fairly profound — note.

“The Bare Necessitrees” by Jenny Hubbard will show you how far some people are willing to go for Christmas. Four red hat-wearing women pool their resources to try to win a local tree decorating contest and their ornaments are probably not what you’d expect.

Peyton Glendinning and Trey Irby lend their Catawba College education to the theatre as directors, furthering the collaboration between Lee Street theatre and the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department. Students are able to work with professionals in their field and receive real-world experience through this partnership.

“10 Minutes to Christmas” features students of Catawba College, writers from across the country, and local talents to create a variety of fun-filled experiences.

Lee Street Theatre’s annual 10-Minute New Play Festival is a beloved favorite each season. Performances run Dec. 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Lee Street Theatre and Performing Arts Center at the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center on 329 N. Lee St. Tickets are $15+tax at www.leestreet.org or by phone 704-310-5507.

Christmas at the Hall House 

Bring your family to the Hall House Museum in December to enjoy beautiful Christmas displays. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall’s house and transport visitors back in time. Each room will delight young and old alike and many have made the tour a part of their family holiday traditions. This year’s theme is “Twas A Night Before Christmas.”

Regular tours are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 from 1-4 p.m. A special evening tour is held on Christmas Eve from 5:30- 8:p.m. Admission for the weekend tours is $5 per person. Admission to the Christmas Eve Tour is by donation. The house is located at 226 South Jackson St.

 

PPT holds auditions at the Meroney Theater

Open auditions for actors on Dec. 5-6 at 7 p.m. for “Act One.”

Growing up in an impoverished family in the Bronx, Moss Hart dreamed of being part of the glamorous world of the theatre. Forced to drop out of school at age 13, Hart’s famous memoir “Act One” is a classic Hortatio Alger story that plots Hart’s unlikely collaboration with the legendary playwright George S. Kaufman. Tony Award-winning writer and director James Lapine has adapted “Act One” for the stage, creating a funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful play that celebrates the making of a playwright and a Broadway legend.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. Held at the Meroney Theater third floor, 213 S. Main St. Show dates are Jan. 26-Feb. 4, 2017.

See descriptions of available roles at www.PiedmontPlayers.com

 

Rowan Public Library offers Christmas programming

Submitted

‘Tis the season to be merry, and Rowan Public Library’s holiday programs are guaranteed to spread cheer. www.rowanpubliclibrary.org

Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., RoBoJo Theatre Troupe returns for the 19th annual performance of its Holiday Theatre at Rowan Public Library Headquarters in Salisbury. The troupe of local actors,  joined by members of RPL staff, will perform an hour-long variety show featuring skits, songs, readers’ theater, jokes, limericks, puppets and audience participation. RoBoJo’s Holiday Show is one of several seasonal programs at RPL. All are free and open to the public.

The Nutcracker program shares dance selections from Piedmont Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker Ballet,” presented by RPL and members of the Salisbury Symphony. Light refreshments will be served. All ages are welcome. 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Headquarters (Salisbury), 704-216-8234.

Movie Night at East presents “The Preacher’s Wife.” Angel Dudley (Denzel Washington) tries to save a marriage and earn his wings. Also starring Whitney Houston and Courtney B. Vance, this 1996, PG-rated film runs 124 minutes. All ages are welcome; light refreshments will be served. 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 30, at East Branch (Rockwell), 704-216-7842.

Winter Traditions gives children under 11 years old the opportunity to learn about winter traditions around the world. Sponsored by Smart Start Rowan. 10 a.m-noon Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Headquarters (Salisbury), 704-216-8234.

Holiday Pajama Express offers an evening of holiday fun for children under 11 years old, who are invited to wear favorite holiday pajamas. There will be refreshments and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 6-7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Dec. 6, at South Rowan Regional (China Grove), 704-216-7729.

Stories with Elves features Christmas stories and light refreshments for children under 11 years old. Also crafts, activities, Christmas Karaoke, and a visit from Santa Claus. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at East Branch (Rockwell), 704-216-7842.

Family Movie Night presents “Arthur Christmas.” Can Arthur help Santa deliver billions of presents to the world in one night? Rated PG, runs 97 minutes. Light refreshments will be served. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at East Branch (Rockwell), 704-216-7842.

Treemendous Christmas has holiday stories and fun, with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. For children under 11 years old. 10 a.m.-noon  Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Headquarters (Salisbury), 74-216-8234.

 

Caldwell Arts seeks artists for 2018 

LENOIR — The Caldwell Arts Council is currently accepting portfolios from artists for possible exhibitions in 2018. Find details at www.caldwellarts.com/157-guidelines/

Portfolios will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2017. Email to office@caldwellarts.com

 

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