Local arts & entertainment news Feb. 1-7
Piedmont Players Theatre announces cast of Tony-winning musical ‘The Producers’
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, “The Producers” skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” Based on the 1968 film.
Show Dates March 15-17 and 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.,Tickets go on sale March 5. 704-633-5471, PiedmontPlayers.com
Meet The Cast: Max Bialystock: Josh Wainright • Leo Bloom: William McGuiness • Ulla: Cortlyn Kerns • Rogers De Bris: Paul Reeves Leopard • Carmen Ghia: Andy Abramson • Franz Liebkind: Brien Lewis • Kevin (Roger’s Costumer): Darius Lamar • Brian (Roger’s Set Designer): Kevin Maldinado • Scott (Roger’s Choreographer): Keilen McNeil • Stormtrooper: Austin Young • Touch Me Feel Me: Robin Rogers • Usherette/Dancer/ Little Old Lady: Brenna Herbst and Leah Campion • Dancer/Little Old Lady: Lauren Stephenson, Winnie Mikkelson, Ava Drexel • Shirley/Dancer/Little Old Lady: Wendy Wendt • Accountant/Little Old Lady: Lee Roberts • Accountant(Mr. Marks)/Little Old Lady: Marc Anderson • Accountant/Little Old Lady: Kevin Aitken • Opening Night Patron/Little Old Lady: Lisa Matthews, Sabrinah Hartsell, Elizabeth Smith, Barrie Kirby, Alison Tesh • Director: Reid Leonard • Choreographer: Ashlyn Keller Silver • Music Director: Adrian Smith
Enjoy An Evening With Charles A. Cannon
KANNAPOLIS — Kannapolis History Associates assures you there is no error — Mr. Charles A. Cannon, president of Cannon Mills, will be our guest speaker for our February meeting. Mr. Cannon will share parts of his personal story about his beginnings in the textile world for which he became famous as a great industrialist. It will be a one-of-a-kind meeting. Bring your own favorite story, memory or photos of Mr. Cannon to share. This is a postlude to the Charles A. Cannon film, “Charles A Cannon: A Mind for Business. A Heart for People,” which premiered in October and recently on TV. Our originally scheduled presentation in September was postponed due to inclement weather.
The meeting is Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the A. L. Brown High School social room, 415 E. First St. Hosted by Norris Dearmon and Ed Robinette. For more information call the history room at 704-932-7518 or Phil Goodman at 704-796-0803/
Catawba College Theatre presents ‘Twilight Los Angeles’
Feb. 13-17: Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St., presents the Tony-nominated drama that documents the aftermath of the acquittal of the four LAPD officers charged with assaulting Rodney King.
Constructed solely from interview material with both well-known and anonymous “characters,” Anna Deavere Smith’s play — originally performed as a one-woman show — gives voice to 36 individuals touched by this now infamous event and the historic riots which ensued.
This production, presented by a multi-actor cast, will capitalize on Smith’s signature documentary style to attempt to provide perspective on and promote continued discussion.
Tickets: $10-$15 at 704-637-4481 or http://www.catawba.edu/theatretix
Historic Salisbury Foundation Century Farms & Barns bus tour
HSF introduces a new spring tour. Hop aboard a Crossroads Tours bus to venture through the southwestern part of Rowan County with stops at five Century Farm sites and the Corriher Grange. Tour includes bus fare, lunch, owner led tours of these treasured rural properties, and viewings and stories of “barn quilts” along the route. Saturday, April 28, 9a.m.- 4:30 p.m. $35 per person
Tour sites inbclude Villa Franca Estate, Henry Clinton Corriher Farm, Moses Corriher Farm, Circle D Farms, Jesse Chalmus Waggoner Home Place, Corriher Grange. Learn more at https://www.historicsalisbury.org
History of Fort Dobbs attack
STATESVILLE — In the dark of the night on Feb 27, 1760, Fort Dobbs was attacked by a band of Cherokee Indians. As part of the larger conflict between British and French settlers and American Indians, around 60 to 70 Cherokee attacked the garrison of provincial soldiers as they marched out of the Fort. A letter written by Hugh Waddell to Governor Dobbs estimated 10-12 Cherokee killed or wounded, while only 2 provincials were wounded and a young colonial boy was killed. Learn more about the story of the attack, Fort Dobbs, and life in colonial North Carolina at this free event on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at www.iredellmuseums.org or Facebook or 704-873-7347.
Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to present ‘the funniest farce ever written’
WINSTON-SALEM — The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present “Noises Off” opening Friday, Feb. 9, at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive. Additional performances will be held Feb. 10-11 and 15-18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 at 336-725-4001 or www.thelittletheatreofws.org
Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off follows an ambitious director and his colorful troupe of mediocre actors as they rehearse a flop called Nothing’s On. Onstage and backstage intrigue, slamming doors and an errant plate of sardines all figure into the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. The New York Times deemed it, “…spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is a festival of delirium.”
The opening night reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9.
Wilmington Celebration Choir: Sat., Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, First Ministry Center Gym, 220 North Fulton St. Admission: Free. A fund raiser for Kentucky Missions Efforts and Hope Boxes. A love offering will be taken as well as canned soups and new socks for children ages 4 -14 are appreciated.
The Wilmington Celebration Choir is not a church choir but a traveling gospel choir singing a variety of styles of Christian music including Southern Gospel, Praise and Worship, traditional Hymns, Black Gospel and more. The group represents 15 – 20 different churches and denomination aging from 17 to past 70, all from southeastern NC.
The choir has ministered in various venues including churches of all denominations, events such as Singing in the Sun in Myrtle Beach, SC, Gatlinburg Gathering in Gatlinburg, TN, Bill Gaither Homecoming and Christmas events in Myrtle Beach and in Concord NC. Also sang on the Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines to name a few. They have also have sung in Shipshewana, IN, Hartford, CT, Lake Placid, FL and more to include Cape Town, South Africa.
MCCT presents ‘The House at Pooh Corner’
MOORESVILLE — The Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre’s will present “The House at Pooh Corner” Feb. 22-25 at The Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St.
In this delightful tale, Christopher Robin has decided to run away with his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and the rest. Probably they’ll go to the North Pole or to the South Pole for there is a dark, mysterious threat that he’s to be sent away to Education. Nobody knows exactly what or where that is, and if he’s sent to such a distant place, what can his friends possibly do without him? So, it’s generally agreed that they’ll run away. As the situation becomes clearer, Christopher Robin isn’t quite so sure that running away is the answer. This heart-warming play appeals to all ages.
Tickets at www.mooresvillechildrenstheatre.org. At each performance, the cast will collect blankets of all types and sizes for donation as part of MCCT’s Play With A Purpose program.