On the next two weekends, the Union County Playmakers will present their first full production.
“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop will be performed on March 13, 14 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., and on March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Cuthbertson High School Auditorium, 1400 Cuthbertson Road, Waxhaw.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $11 at the door. To buy tickets, call 704-238-3394.
“This is our first production on an actual stage, and the set for this show is extremely complicated,” said Ginger Heath, the production’s coordinator and the Union County Playmakers’ vice president. “ … Erica Owens, the director of the play, designed the set, which has secret passageways, hidden doors, trick set pieces and, well, … I won’t give it all away.”
Heath said the play will particularly appeal to students and seniors.
“Students will love the silly, fast-paced action of the farce, and seniors will appreciate all of the references from the 1940s,” Heath said.
Audiences are also likely to recognize some familiar faces. The cast of 10 includes two theater arts teachers, Jamie Hutteman and Todd Ford; Central Academy of Technology and the Arts students Lindsey Wesoly, Justin Rivers and Daniel Morrison; retired Wingate professor Robert Billinger; Union County newcomer Sandra McAlister; retirees Jeanne Howell and Edee Tudor; and Waxhaw resident Gene Melchior.
Heath said the project is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council and the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Siler Presbyterian Church will host their fifth annual conference on aging issues: “Transitions.”
“Transitions” will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21 at the church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road in Wesley Chapel.
“This conference will offer vital information and resources for individuals who are planning for their own retirement or assisting parents with retirement issues and issues related to aging,” said Dona Haney, “Transitions” founder and coordinator.
Topics will include legal, financial and social concerns along with insurance, Medicare and gerontological health, scam awareness and prevention. A complete schedule of topics and speakers can be found on the church’s website, www.silerchurch.org.
The conference is open to the public, with registration requested. Registration can be made at the website or by calling the church office at 704-821-7445. The conference fee is $10.
The United States’ seventh president, Andrew Jackson, was born March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaws settlement.
Whether his actual birthplace was in North Carolina or South Carolina is still a matter of debate. There is no question, however, that there will be a celebration of his birthday at The Museum of the Waxhaws, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 21.
Festivities include tea and snacks with the president from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by the historical re-enactor about the events of Jackson’s presidency. At the 1830s homestead cabin, there will be a daylong demonstration of Scots-Irish heritage cooking on the fireplace hearth, among other activities.
House of Hope yard sale
House of Hope will host an indoor yard sale 7 a.m.-noon March 14 at American Legion Post 208, 801 E. South Main St., Waxhaw.
House of Hope works to help those in need. The purpose of the yard sale is to raise funds for the organization to pay its monthly utilities. If you have items to donate or want to rent a table at the sale for $20, bring your items to Sweet Repeats or call 704-248-1017.
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