In the months before our second child arrived last November, I went on a mini-binge of Charlotte theater performances, From “Motown” (part of the Broadway Lights series) at Blumenthal Performing Arts, to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s performance of the “Elephant and Piggie” book series, to “Inc.” at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.
Fall is a great time to add shows to your calendar and support Charlotte’s theater scene — check out the lineups at these 6 local theater groups (Actor’s Theatre hopes to debut in their new space in mid-fall, date TBD):
Blumenthal Performing Arts
Charlotte’s premier theater organization kicks off fall with ’80s favorite “Dirty Dancing” (Sept. 23-25) and “First Date” (Sept. 27-Nov. 20), a Broadway musical comedy with a set custom designed for Charlotte (you can be part of the show by booking seats on stage). Home to the popular Broadway Lights series, Blumenthal’s uptown venues also feature shows produced by local groups. Non-profit Different Roads Home and Theater Charlotte will bring “Sordid Lives” to the stage (Oct. 13-15), a play billed as a “black comedy about white trash.” The Tony Award®-winning production of “Cabaret” dances its way into Belk Theater (Nov. 8-13), followed by the lethal hilarity of musical “Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (Nov. 22–Dec. 4).
Find Blumenthal Performing Arts information here.
A volunteer-based company that has performed in the heart of Myers Park since 1941, Theatre Charlotte debuts its main stage season with the disco musical “Saturday Night Fever” (runs through Sept. 25). For the special presentation of “Sordid Lives” (see above), the group moves uptown to the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (Oct. 13-15). The company will revive the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “You Can’t Take It With You.” (Oct. 28-Nov. 13), and get in the holiday spirit with a special presentation of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 2-11).
Find Theatre Charlotte information here.
Central Piedmont Community College Theatre
CPCC has a vibrant arts program and welcomes the community to two theatrical shows this fall. The theatre first presents musical “1776” (Sept.23-Oct. 2), the award-winning rendition of our forefathers’ quest for independence from the British monarchy. Curtains will then rise on a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” capturing the romance and nuance of 18th century British society (Oct. 28-Nov.6).
Find CPCC Theatre information here.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
My almost-six-year-old daughter is at the perfect age for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and we’re hoping to get to many shows in this year’s lineup. The fall season debuts with the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” (Sept. 30–Oct.16), a story of friendship based on the classic children’s books. The world premiere of “Grace for President” takes the stage next (Oct. 21–Nov. 6), the tale of a girl’s quest to become the first female president. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” (Nov. 25–Dec. 23) is another world premiere, a new musical comedy based on the favorite book.
Find information for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte here.
Davidson Community Players
Davidson is a hot destination thanks to culinary accolades for Kindred restaurant, and the college town’s local theater group gives us another reason to visit. The Players purchased the Armour Street Theater in 2008, an intimate performance space set in a converted church. DCP will present two Main Stage shows this fall: family comedy “Over the River & Through the Woods” (Sept. 29-Oct. 16), and “Holly & Tinsel” (Dec. 1–18), a musical Christmas production written by executive director Matt Merrell. The Players’ Connie Company youth division will bring Shrek and friends to the stage with a production of “Shrek Jr.” (Nov. 4-13).
Find Davidson Community Players information here.
Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
Set in the Matthews Community Center in downtown Matthews, the playhouse has produced shows since 1995 with a focus on family theater. This fall the playhouse will present “Charlotte’s Web,” (Oct. 14–23) E.B. White’s classic tale of an unlikely friendship in the barnyard. Next the playhouse will bring comedy to the holidays with their production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (Dec. 2–18).
Find information for Matthews Playhouse here.
Photo: Justin Barbin