Local arts & entertainment news Dec. 7-13
Celebrating 200 years of the SFD
Opens tonight: PPT Youth Theatre presents ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Meet the Cast • CHARLIE BROWN: Elijah Carpenter • SNOOPY: Asher Pethel • LUCY: Emma Theriot • LINUS: Clinton Efird • PIG PEN: Matthew Lynch • FREIDA: Kelsey Goodman • SCHROEDER: Anderson Kesler • VIOLET: Sari Lewin • SALLY: Emma Stamey • PATTY: Sophie Carter • SHERMY: Mason Rollins • Show dates: Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, 10 and 16 at 2:30 p.m. Meet the cast at a complimentary reception immediately following tonight’s performance. Adults $12, students/seniors $10. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., 704-633-5471, www.PiedmontPlayers.com
Horizons Unlimited Holiday events
From 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 9: enjoy cookies with Santa and the Holiday Lasers show.
On Dec. 16 see the Holiday Lasers show, enjoy the Hall of Trees, participate in the silent auction, the Winter Story Walk and Setzer Christmas.
1636 Parkview Circle. 704-639-3004, www.rss.k12.nc.us/horizonsunlimited-margaret-c-woodson-planetarium
Put a little jingle in your Christmas with RPL’s Downtown Beats
Get ready to jingle all the way with Rowan Public Library’s “Downtown Beats: Rowan’s Impromptu Chorus.”
Downtown Beats will meet Monday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Stanback Auditorium at Rowan Public Library, 201 W. Fisher St. December’s song list will include “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Participation is free and open to all; no singing experience or training is required, and first-time (and only-time) attendees are welcome. Downtown Beats is a community sing that offers the opportunity for fellowship and fun without the stress of an extended commitment. Participants will practice the songs and the evening will end with a videoed performance. The sing lasts for approximately an hour.
If you can’t make December’s sing, save the date now for the Jan. 29 session. To learn more, contact Abigail Hardison at 704-216-8248 or Abigail.Hardison@rowancountync.gov or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org
See a video link at http://bit.ly/RPL-DowntownBeatsPromo
Fire Truck Parade Friday will celebrate 200 years of the SFD
In December 1817, 32 citizens pledged $415 total to purchase equipment “to protect the city from fire,” according to city records.
On Friday one of the oldest documented fire departments in the state of North Carolina will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a historical marker dedication in the 100 block of East Innes Street (at the spot where the city’s first hook and ladder building once stood) and a nighttime firetruck parade beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring dozens of fire vehicles and their blazing lights.
The downtown parade will travel along Main Street from Kerr to Monroe Streets, then proceed to Fire Station No. 5 next to Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Both anniversary events Friday are free and open to the public.
Christmas Tradition: Stories & Music of Christmas
Karl Hales and company present their annual Christmas program Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 11-12, at 7 p.m. at the Meroney Theatre, 213 S. Main St. Hales, along with and vocalists Neal Wilkinson with Lauren Stephenson, and Susan Trivette, pianist, will present beloved family-friendly songs and stories. Cost of admission is canned item for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Holiday celebration at CF&A
On Friday, Dec. 8, Center for Faith & the Arts at 207 W. Harrison St., behind and below Haven Lutheran Church, will host a holiday celebration from 5-8:30 p.m. featuring art, crafts, music and entertainment. The galleries will be open for viewing of the Bishop Family Chreche Collection and there will be entertainment thoughout the evening from the Salisbury Youth Orchestra, Ashley Jo Farmer and The Phoenix Readers. In addition, local artists will present their first ever suitcase sale, and there will be face painting and magic as well as homebaked goodies and raffles.
Learn more at www.faithart.org or 704-647-0999.
Christmas at the Hall House
Weekend tours of the Hall House dressed in its holiday best
The 1820 Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St., will be open for Christmas tours from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 9-10 and 16-17. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children ages 5-12. In addition, there will be a special Candlelight Christmas Eve Tour from 6-8 p.m. Admission for the candlelight tour is by donation.
Share a Christmas memory at the History Club meeting
The Rowan Museum will hold its last History Club meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The last meeting always involves audience participation and this year, the topic is Christmas Stories of Rowan County. Members of the audience will be encouraged to share memories of Christmas and to have these stories recorded for posterity in the museum collection.
Admission to History Club is free, there are no membership dues and it is open to the public. Light refreshments are provided. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month. Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St, Messinger Room, (rear entrance, use elevator) 704-633-5946, www.rowanmuseum.org
Rowan Museum’s ‘100 Years of Cheer’ coming to a close
Have you been wanting to see the “100 Years of Cheer” Cheerwine Exhibit at the Rowan Museum but have put it off for one reason or another?
This Sunday from 1-4 p.m. is your last chance before the exhibit is dismantled and taken back to Cheerwine’s archive.
Come out and enjoy a cruise through 100 years of Cheerwine’s history with packaging, advertising, bottles, and so much more. Free Cheerwine will be available as you view the exhibit.
In the year since its opening, “100 Years of Cheer” has been the most well-attended and reviewed exhibit produced by the museum, here in Cheerwine’s hometown. All items are on loan to the museum from Cheerwine and a few private collectors.
The Rowan Museum is located at 202 N. Main St., 704-633-5946 or www.rowanmuseum.org
‘Nutcracker’ to feature international stars
Daniel and Rebecca Wiley, artistic directors of Piedmont Dance Theatre, have secured international ballet stars to take part in the 15th anniversary production of “The Nutcracker.”
Most notably, Yury Yanowsky, who will be performing the role of “Cavalier” in the Salisbury production, has just taken a contract to perform at the Royal Ballet (London, UK) in a production with his sister, Royal Ballet principal Zenadia Yanowsky.
Piedmont Choral Society’s annual Christmas concerts
CONCORD — On Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 10 at 3 p.m. the 50-voice community choir with orchestra willperform familiar carols and songs of the season at Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union St. North, Concord. The concert is free and will be followed by reception. Learn more at www.piedmontchoralsociety.org
Winter in Wartime at Fort Dobbs
STATESVILLE — On Dec. 9, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site will offer a glimpse into the daily lives of French and Indian War soldiers in the winter of 1755.
Historic interpreters representing the garrison of Fort Dobbs will present scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as on-going displays of life in a winter military camp, including open fire cooking.
The free program, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, will offer complimentary seasonal refreshments, including hot apple cider. For more information, call 704-873-5882 or visit www.fortdobbs.org
PPT holds youth auditions for ‘Julius Caesar’
Jan. 2-3 at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Only 25 spots available per time slot. Auditions are by appointment only. Call 704-633-5471 to sign up. Show dates: Feb. 16-24. Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St. PiedmontPlayers.com
Lee Street holds auditions for ‘The Realistic Joneses’
Auditons 7-9 p.m. Dec 10-11. Performances dates Feb. 22-March 3. 329 N. Lee St, 704-310-5507, www.leestreet.org