When the Union County Playmakers offers its premiere performance of “Death is a Cabernet, Ol’ Chum” on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, the audience will be treated to an evening of entertainment that is a tribute to the creative talents and vision of the playwright, the Union County Arts Council, the cast and Director Larry Robinson.This will be the maiden voyage for the Union County Community Theatre. The dinner theater event will be staged at Treehouse Vineyards, 301 Bay St., Monroe. The cost is $60 per person. For ticket information, call 704-283-2784 or go to www.unionarts.org. I learned of the rebirth of Union County Community Theater from Barbara Faulk, executive director of Union County Community Arts Council, during the Council’s fundraising breakfast in June. “Credit for organizing the Union County Playmakers goes to many local residents who feel that our area has a niche for a performing arts group in Union County,” Faulk said recently.“Union County had a very active theater group in the ’80s and ’90s called the Union County Players. Being without a local community theater for the years since has spurned an interest in seeing a rebirth. The Union County Community Arts Council exists to support and encourage all forms of art in our county, and to contribute to a thriving and vital community. The community theater project is another avenue for us to showcase the arts, invite participation and provide cultural arts opportunities for our residents. “‘Life is a Cabernet, Ol’ Chum’ is the story of a murder that actually happened in a vineyard. Solving a vineyard murder in an actual vineyard is the perfect venue. ... The story is lively, mysterious, interactive and engaging for patrons, whose goal is to solve the mystery,” Faulk said.In my opinion, there is nobody more qualified to direct this production – which involves both seasoned and novice actors in a nontraditional outdoor venue – than Larry Robinson. During the school year, Robinson is the award-winning educator who is the theater director at Central Academy of Technology and Arts. In addition to his responsibilities as a teacher, he directs the Union County Performance Ensemble's annual productions on the CATA campus. I met Robinson in the late ’90s when he was directing Waxhaw’s Outdoor drama, “Listen and Remember.” As I performed the role of Major Crawford, I marveled at Robinson’s dexterity and tact as he guided divas of all ages while coping with thunder, rain, lightning – and even large snakes. “As the Playmakers continue to evolve and grow, we welcome the opportunity to use other venues throughout the county,” Faulk said. “The Center Theater in downtown Monroe has recently been purchased, so we look forward to the time when ... theater productions can be staged in this beautiful historic property.”The Storefront Theatre The Storefront Theatre begins a new season with a new home and new look Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., followed by an afternoon show Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. The theater will will be performing “Foxfire” by Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn.Cook also said Storefront Theatre-goers should remember the theater has relocated to its new site, 8100 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road at Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.Call 704-243-7283 for reservations. Season tickets are $55 each; individual tickets are $12.50. But changes are in the works for ticket purchases.“Soon you’ll be able to go to our newly designed website where you can buy season tickets, tickets for individual shows or become a patron,” Storefront Director Judy Simpson Cook said.
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013
Union County theater group preps for fall debut
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