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Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte

Off-Broadway-style company performs bold works by contemporary playwrights. 650 E. Stonewall St.704-342-225; www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Two previews are offered at reduced prices.

Sept. 12-Oct. 5: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Oct. 31-Nov. 23: “Venus in Fur.”

Jan. 8-25: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Feb. 20-March 15: “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”

April 17-May 10: “Other Desert Cities.”

June 5-28: “Passing Strange.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts

The region’s leading presenter produces shows but usually imports them, mainly for its Broadway Lights Series. Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.; McGlohon Theatre and Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon; Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. The national Broadway Lights tours are indicated by BL after a title. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org; www.blumenthalarts.org.

These plays are national tours:

Oct 15-20: “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience.”

Nov. 5-10: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty.” (BL)

Nov. 12-24: “Forbidden Broadway.”

Dec. 3-8: “Godspell.”

Dec. 26-Jan. 5: “The Book of Mormon.” (BL)

Feb. 4-March 2: “The Mountaintop.”

Feb. 21-23: “Rock of Ages.”

March 4-9: “Evita.” (BL)

April 1-6: “Ghost: The Musical.” (BL)

April 15-20: Blue Man Group.

April 29-May 4: “Peter and the Starcatcher.” (BL)

May 27-June 1: “We Will Rock You.” (BL)

July 15-20: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” (BL)

Sept. 30-Oct. 5: “Once.” (BL)

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

Expect the unexpected from CAST, which ranges from Broadway classics to off-off-Broadway discoveries – and redesigns its theater for each show. 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542, www.nccast.com.

Through Sept. 21: “Elemeno Pea.”

Sept. 12-Oct. 12: “Recent Tragic Events.”

Oct. 17-Nov. 19: “Good People.”

Nov. 22-Dec. 14: “O Guru Guru Guru.”

Nov. 29-Dec. 22: “Tuna Christmas.”

Jan. 10-Feb. 2: “The Other Place.”

Jan. 16-Feb. 9: “Boeing Boeing.”

Feb. 21-March 15: “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead.”

March 6-29: “Reasons to Be Pretty.”

April 10-May 3: “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.”

May 7-May 31: “Angels in America.”

June 6-July 12: “Gruesome Playground Injuries.”

CPCC Theatre

Musicals usually take place in Halton Theatre, straight plays in Pease Auditorium; both near Kings Drive and Elizabeth Avenue. www.cpcc.edu/arts; 704-330-6534.

Sept. 27-Oct. 6: “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.”

Nov. 15-24: “Les Miserables.”

Feb. 14-23: “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.”

April 4-13: “The Sunshine Boys.”

Children’s Theatre Of Charlotte

Professional troupe mounts its own productions, teams with local artists and imports tours to two stages at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.

Sept. 20-Oct. 20: “Tarzan: The Stage Musical.”

Oct. 12-13: “Balloonacy.”

Oct. 26-Nov. 10: “Hansel & Gretel.”

Nov. 16-17: Billy Jonas.

Nov. 22-Dec. 22: “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Dec. 14-29: “A Commedia Christmas Carol.”

Jan. 10-12: “Omimeo’s Black Light Magic.”

Jan. 24-Feb. 9: “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly.”

Feb. 21-March 9: “Petit Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood.”

March 1-9: “Too Many Frogs.”

March 15: Sunjata Kamalenya.

March 29-April 6: “Spelling 2-5-5.”

April 11-May 4: “The Reluctant Dragon.”

April 26-27: “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.”

May 10-11: “100 Dresses.”

Davidson Community Players

This community theater has a home at 307 Armour St., Davidson, and does bigger shows at Davidson College. The offshoot Connie Company does shows for young audiences. 704-892-7953; www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Oct. 3-20: “An Evening With Tennessee Williams.”

Nov. 9-17: “Narnia.”

Dec. 5-22: “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Little Theatre of Gastonia

Community theater, 238 S. Clay St., Gastonia. 704-865-0160; www.littletheaterofgastonia.com.

Sept. 19-28: “Chicago.”

Nov. 14-23: “It Runs in the Family.”

Feb. 6-15: “An Inspector Calls.”

April 3-12: “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

May 29-June 7: “Little Women: The Musical.”

Matthews Playhouse

Multi-generational troupe often abridges popular works to make them easier for kids to absorb. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Oct. 11-27: “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Nov. 8-17: “Willy Wonka.”

Dec. 13-15: “A Classic TV Christmas Special.”

Feb. 7-16: “Sweeney Todd.”

Feb. 21-March 2: “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.”

March 28-29: “The Crucible.”

April 4-6: “Peter Pan.”

June 13-29: “Shrek: The Musical.”

Theatre Charlotte

The state’s oldest community theater performs at 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte.org; www.carolinatix.org.

Through Sept. 22: “Gypsy.”

Oct. 25-Nov. 10: “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

Dec. 6-15: “A Christmas Carol.”

Jan. 24-Feb. 9: “The Miss Firecracker Contest.”

March 21-April 6: “Driving Miss Daisy.”

May 16-June 1: “Hair.”

Notable touring shows at colleges

Colleges generally feature productions by students and faculty members, but some bring in tours. Here are a few worth noting:

Oct. 16-19: “Othello” by Actors from the London Stage, UNC Charlotte, www.uncc.edu.

Jan. 24: “All the Great Books (Abridged)” by Reduced Shakespeare Company, Davidson College, www.davidson.edu.

Feb. 4: “Fahrenheit 451” by Aquila Theatre Company, Davidson College.

Feb. 25: “The Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion,” Davidson College.

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