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Theater

Abbey Players

This company, based at Belmont Abbey College (just off Interstate 85 in Belmont), does a wide range of theater from Shakespeare to musicals. $10. 704-461-6787 or www.belmontabbeycollege.edu/academics/PerformingArts/abbey-players.aspx.

SEPT. 25-OCT. 4: “The Mousetrap,” by Agatha Christie. The world's longest-running mystery will surprise the unwary.

NOV. 13-22: “Little Women: The Musical.” An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book.

FEB. 19-28: “Measure for Measure,” by William Shakespeare. A very dark comedy about the consequences of lust and infidelity.

APRIL 16-25: “Scapino,” an adaptation of Moliere. A madcap comedy.

JUNE 11-20: “Rock ‘n' Roll” by Tom Stoppard. The play, which ended its Broadway run this spring, spans 22 years in the life of an English professor.

About Town Tours

This company designs murder mystery dinners where the guests solve crimes and eat catered meals. The site this fall is Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place, 6700 Phillips Place Court; $55; 704-650-2799.

NOV. 14-15: “Death Is A Cabernet Ol' Chum” (the 14th) and “Gobble, Gobble, Death & Trouble” (the 15th).

Actor's Theatre

Of Charlotte

This Off-Broadway-style company performs bold works by contemporary playwrights at 650 E. Stonewall St. Season subscription: $95-$119 per five-ticket package. 704-342-2251; www. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Mainstage season

SEPT. 24-OCT. 11: “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” by Martin McDonagh.” Black comedy about a sadistic Irish rebel/assassin seeking to uncover the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of his beloved cat Wee Thomas. (Previews Sept. 19-20)

NOV. 12-29: “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire. The winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama examines a young couple's pain as they struggle to cope after the loss of a child. (Previews Nov. 7-8)

FEB. 18-MARCH 7: “Blue,” by Charles Randolph-Wright. The comedy by this York County native is a semi-autobiographical account of an African American family with an ambitious matriarch, her two sons, a nosy mother-in-law and a mysterious blues musician with a family secret. (Previews Feb. 13-14)

APRIL 15-MAY 2: “Southern Rapture,” by Eric Coble. This commissioned world premiere is a comedy based on Charlotte's battle among artists, politicians, pastors and innocent bystanders around the late Charlotte Repertory Theatre's production of Angels in America. (Previews April 10-11)

JUNE 10-27: “Evil Dead – The Musical,” by George Reinblatt and multiple composers. Five college students break into an abandoned cabin in the woods and let loose evil spirits in this version of the comic horror film. (Previews June 5-6).

Special events

DEC. 5-20: “Seven Santas,” a late-night holiday comedy following Santa's recovery through rehab.

JAN. 8-24: “Bat Boy – The Musical,” a reprise of the comic musical to celebrate ATC's 20th anniversary and fifth year on Stonewall Street.

Blowing Rock Stage Co.

This professional company performs in Hayes Performing Arts Center, 152 Jamie Fort Road (U.S. 321 bypass), Blowing Rock, N.C. Single tickets $14-$32. (828) 295-9627; www.blowingrock stage.com.

AUG. 29-SEPT. 14: “Backwards in High Heels,” by Christopher McGovern. A celebration of Ginger Rogers' song-and-dance career.

OCT. 3-12: “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare. The company's first Masterworks production will be the bard's last solo play, a fantasy.

OCT. 17-NOV. 2: “Lies and Legends – The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin.”

DEC. 5-14: “A High Country Christmas Carol,” by Robert Inman.

Blumenthal

Performing Arts Center

The region's leading presenter, with shows in Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.; Booth Playhouse, off Founder's Hall, same address; Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.; or Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Broadway Lights Series subscriptions range from $208.55 (seven shows, cheap seats) to $470.85 (seven shows, prime seats); single-ticket prices TBA. More events at www.blumenthalcenter.org. 704-372-1000;

www.carolinatix.org.

Broadway Lights Series

OCT. 7-NOV. 16: “Traces,” which combines music, songs, dance and acrobatics.

NOV. 11-16: “Chicago,” the musical about Chicago murderesses competing for attention. Veteran baritone Tom Wopat plays slick lawyer Billy Flynn.

FEB. 10-15: “Frost/Nixon,” about the famous TV encounter between the disgraced ex-president and the British talk show host. Stacy Keach and Alan Cox star.

MARCH 24-29: “Burn the Floor,” with ballroom dancers performing to live music.

APRIL 21-26: “Legally Blonde – The Musical,” the story of lawyer-in-the-making Elle Woods.

MAY 19-24: “The Color Purple,” the musical adaptation of the film shot in Anson County.

JUNE 10-JULY 5: “The Phantom of the Opera,” the musical that just won't die.

Other theatrical events

SEPT. 30-OCT. 26: “Mother Load,” a one-woman comic show by Amy Wilson.

OCT. 21-26: “Defending the Caveman,” a reprise of Rob Becker's one-man show about guyness.

NOV. 21-23: “Squonk Opera – Charlotte the Opera,” a multi-media “celebration” of the city.

DEC. 2-14: “Sister's Christmas Catechism,” a holiday-themed comedy.

JAN 27-FEB 1: “Rent,” Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning updating of “La Boheme.”

MARCH 3-8: “Riverdance,” with its high-kicking Celts.

MARCH 24-29: “Dixie's Tupperware Party.” Comedy and long-lasting plastic containers.

JULY 28-AUG. 2: “Mamma Mia!” ABBA-dabba-do.

Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

Expect the unexpected from CAST, a busy fringe company that performs at 1118 Clement Ave. and other venues. 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com.

SEPT. 11-OCT. 4: “Foxfire,” a down-home drama by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper.

OCT. 23-NOV 15: “Monster,” by Neal Ball. The “true” story of Frankenstein.

DEC. 19-28:“A Tuna Christmas.”

JAN. 8-14: “Someone Who'll Watch Over Me,” by Frank McGuinness, based on the true story of men held captive in Beirut.

FEB. 12-MARCH 7: “Killer Joe,” by Tracy Letts. A violent comedy.

APRIL 2-25: “No Exit,” Jean-Paul Sartre's quiet depiction of Hell.

MAY 28-JUNE 27: “Metamorphoses,” by Mary Zimmermann, in which she explains all science is based on myth. A swimming pool is involved.

Central Piedmont Community College

Performances in Pease Auditorium or Halton Theater, both on the CPCC Central Campus, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. Season tickets, $44-$52, now on sale; single tickets, $14-$18. 704-330-6534; http://arts.cpcc.edu.

SEPT. 26-OCT. 5: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” by Larry Gelbart, Bert Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim.

NOV. 7-16: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” by Tennessee Williams.

FEB. 13-22: “Disney's High School Musical.”

MAY 1-10: “Love Letters,” the romantic two-hander by A.R. Gurney.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte

The city's professional troupe for kids performs on two stages at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. Single tickets are $10-$24, and often sell out. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.

Mainstage

SEPT. 26-OCT. 26: “Peter Pan,” the musical version (with wirework for the flying), for ages 6 and up.

OCT. 24-NOV. 2: “A Thousand Cranes,” about a girl exposed to atomic radiation who turns to origami. Ages 7 and up, done by Tarradiddle Players.

DEC. 5-21: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” ages 5 and up.

DEC. 12-22: “The Velveteen Rabbit,” ages 3 and up, Tarradiddle Players.

JAN. 23-FEB. 15: “A Year With Frog and Toad,” from Arnold Lobel's books, ages 3 and up.

FEB. 13-MARCH 1: “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs,” from Jon Scieszka's book, ages 5 and up, Tarradiddle Players.

MARCH 13-20: “The Drama Club,” Bob Inman's drama about prejudice in high school, for older kids.

MARCH 27-APRIL 4: “The Secret Life of Girls,” Linda Daugherty's drama about a hurtful instant-messaging campaign, for older kids.

APRIL 17-MAY 3: “Alice in Concert,” Elizabeth Swados' musical version of Lewis Carroll's tales, ages 6 and up.

MAY 1-10: “The Commedia Aladdin,” a commedia dell' arte version of the Arabian Nights story, ages 5 and up, Tarradiddle Players.

Special events

NOV. 1-2: Instrumentalist/songsmith Billy Jonas, ages 5 and up.

NOV. 22-23: “Tarradiddle Tales,” ages 3-5.

JAN. 16-18: “The Best of Omimeo,” mime theater, ages 5 and up.

JAN. 31-FEB. 1: “A Tangle of Tales,” Grey Seal Puppets' folk tales, ages 3 and up.

March 6-7: “Djembe Fire!,” African drummers, ages 3 and up.

APRIL 25-26: “Animal Tales,” ages 3-5.

Clover School District Auditorium

Performing Arts

This series includes a few theatrical touring events (among other types of shows) and takes place at 1625 Highway 55 East in Clover, S.C. Season tickets $40; individual tickets vary. 803-222-8018; www.clover2.k12.sc.us/csda.

OCT. 21: The Fettucini Brothers, a blend of juggling and variety arts, seasoned with comedy.

FEB. 9: “The Commedia Aladdin,” performed by Children's Theatre of Charlotte's Tarradiddle Players.

APRIL 2: “Greater Tuna,” a comedy two-hander about a small Texas town.

Collaborative Arts

This company stages classic and contemporary works in various locations. The summer should bring Shakespeare on The Green, performed uptown in the pocket park near Wachovia's headquarters. 704-625-1288; www.collaborativeartstheatre.com.

SEPT. 11-27: “Sitcoms Live!,” a show done in conjunction with the humor troupe Robot Johnson, in which theatergoers become a “studio audience” for classic sitcoms of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College Street, $15, www.carolinatix.org or 704-372-1000.

Community Playhouse of Lancaster County

Campus productions are in USC Lancaster Stevens Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Dr., Lancaster. www.lancasterplayhouse.com.

OCT. 10-18: “I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.”

FEB. 20-28: “Inherit the Wind.”

APRIL 24-MAY 2: “Gypsy.”

Davidson College

Hosts traveling groups and student productions in campus venues. Prices vary. 704-894-2361; 704-894-2135;

www.davidson.edu/tickets.

OCT. 22-26: “Communicating Doors,” a comedy by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Steve Umberger (formerly of Charlotte Repertory Theatre).

NOV 12-22: “Hamlet,” by William Shakespeare, first production in the college's newly renovated Cunningham Theatre Building.

JAN. 28: “The Iliad,” Homer's epic poem adapted by Aquila Theatre Company.

FEB. 18-22: “The Ghost Sonata,” by August Strindberg.

MARCH 27-APRIL 3: “Company,” with music by Stephen Sondheim.

APRIL 21-27: Series of one-act plays.

Davidson Community Players

The community theater has performed in various venues. 704-892-7953;

www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

NOV. 6-16: “Working,” a musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's nonfiction book, this time with new songs added. Location TBA.

Epic Arts Repertory Theatre

This thoroughly unpredictable troupe specializes in local premieres and can be seen at Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square; 704-567-9964; www.epicartsrep.org.

JAN. 23-31: “I Married Odin,” Minneapolis playwright Ari Hoptman's irreverent take on the Nordic pantheon of Gods, the spread of Roman Christianity and rampant bureaucracy.

MAY 29-JUNE 14: “The Arabian Nights” is Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the classic book, weaving ancient tales of wonder into a poetic testament to the power of storytelling.

Flat Rock Playhouse

Since 1961, the State Theater of North Carolina. The resident company performs from May to December at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. $29-$34. 828-693-0731;

www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

THROUGH SEPT. 7: “And Then There Were None,” by Agatha Christie.

SEPT. 10-28: “Unnecessary Farce,” by Paul Slade Smith.

OCT. 1-19: “Tuesdays With Morrie,” by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom.

OCT. 23-NOV. 9: “Hank and My Honky-Tonk Heroes,” written and performed by Jason Petty.

NOV. 14-23: “The Orphan Train,” by Aurand Harris.

NOV. 28-DEC. 14: “Dear Santa,” by Norm Foster.

Hickory Community Theatre

The state's third-oldest community theater performs at 30 3rd St NW. 828-327-3855; www.hct.org.

SEPT. 5-21: “The Producers,” Mel Brooks' musical.

OCT. 11-26: “Holes.”

NOV. 1-22: “Rabbit Hole.”

NOV 28-DEC. 14: “Christmas Eve With Steve.”

JAN. 9-25: “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” written by actor Jeff Daniels.

MARCH 13-29: “Enchanted April.”

APRIL 24-MAY 16: “Moonlight and Magnolias.”

MAY 22-JUNE 7: “Titanic,” the Tony-winning musical.

Johnson C. Smith University

The university sponsors occasional tours and productions of its own in Sarah Belk Gambrell Auditorium; www.jcsu.edu/lyceum/index.htm.

JAN. 21: “The Comedy of Errors,” by William Shakespeare. Performed by The American Shakespeare Center Touring Company.

APRIL 2-3: “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe, a look at African American stereotypes. Performed by the JCSU Ira B. Aldridge Drama Guild.

Matthews Playhouse Community Center

This multi-generational troupe performs in Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. $9-$17. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

OCT. 17-NOV. 1: “Clue – The Musical,” which allegedly has 216 possible endings.

NOV. 7-16: “Annie Jr.,” an hour-long version of the famed musical.

DEC. 31: “Opening Night Matthews,” two one-act murder mysteries with audience participation.

FEB. 27-MARCH 8: “Pinocchio.”

APRIL 24-MAY 3: “Fame,” the musical.

NarroWay Theatre

This Christian troupe performs in its new theater on U.S. 21 in Fort Mill. $9.95-$29.95, includes dinner. 704-831-8893; www.narroway.net.

THROUGH OCT. 18: “The Gospel According to Tennessee,” a musical retelling of the gospels set in the South in 1926.

OCT. 24-OCT 31: “Mystery Dinner Theatre,” with audience participation.

NOV. 1-7: “A Stranger for Christmas,” based on the book by Carol Lynn Pearson.

NOV. 15-DEC. 20: “The Real Christmas Story,” with “guaranteed snowfall at every performance.”

N.C. Shakespeare Festival

The state's professional classical troupe performs in Raleigh, High Point and Winston-Salem; shows listed here are in High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point. $14-$31. 336-841-2273; www.ncshakes.org.

SEPT. 6-OCT. 4: “Much Ado About Nothing.”

SEPT. 13-OCT. 5: “King Lear.”

NOV. 30-DEC. 21: “A Christmas Carol.”

Old Courthouse Theatre

This community theater performs in the historic Old Courthouse at 49 Spring St. NW in Concord. $10-15. 704-788-2405; www.oldcourthousetheatre.org.

SEPT. 25-OCT. 5: “Walking Across Egypt,” an adaptation of Clyde Egerton's novel about a North Carolina widow.

DEC. 4-14: “The 1940s Radio Hour,” a musical.

FEB 12-MARCH 1: “The Sound of Music.”

APRIL 30-MAY 10: “Run For Your Wife.”

Piedmont Players

This community theater performs at 213 S. Main St., Salisbury. $10-$15; $6 for youth productions. 704-633-5471;

www.piedmontplayers.com.

NOV 13-22: “Barnum,” a musical.

JAN 22-31: “A Flea in Her Ear,” a farce.

MARCH 26-APRIL 4: “Smokey Joe's Café,” a musical.

MAY 14-23: “Crowns,” about African American women (and their church hats).

JULY 16-25: “Play it Again, Sam,” Woody Allen's comedy.

Queen City Theatre Company

Off-Broadway-style troupe exists “to celebrate the human experience” and performs in various venues. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org; www.queencitytheatre.com.

OCT. 9-26: “Die! Mommie! Die!” by Charles Busch. Comic thriller spoofs American “Grande Dame Guignol” movies from the 1950s and 1960s, featuring dominating female leads such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. Duke Energy Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

DEC. 6: “Miss Coco Peru in ‘Ugly Coco',” billed as a return of the “girlish and glamorous, funniest, mouthiest diva/icon/trannie/comedian.” McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

FEB. 5-21: “Ruthless! The Musical,” music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking and will do anything to win the part in her school musical, including murdering the leading lady. Duke Energy Theatre.

APRIL 9-25: “Dangerous,” by Tom Smith. A contemporized, all-male adaptation of the novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Duke Energy Theatre.

AUG. 6-26: “Altar Boyz,” Gary Adler, Michael Patrick Walker and Kevin del Aguila wrote this musical spoof. Venue TBA.

Storefront Theatre

This troupe dedicated to area authors and others performs staged readings at Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Highway. $5-$10. 704-243-7283; www.thestorefronttheatre.org.

SEPT. 27-28: “Love Letters.”

NOV. 22-23: “Cerulean Blues.”

JAN 24-25: TBA.

MARCH 28-29: “Earline.”

Theatre Charlotte

The state's oldest community theater performs at 501 Queens Road. Mainstage tickets are $10-$24; other events vary. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Mainstage season

SEPT. 11-28: “Godspell,” the gospel musical.

NOV. 6-16: “The Last Night at Ballyhoo,” Alfred Uhry's drama about German Jews in Atlanta during World War II.

JAN. 29-FEB 8: “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” Ken Ludwig's comedy about the making of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

MARCH 12-22: “Death of a Salesman,” Arthur Miller's drama.

APRIl 30-MAY 17: “The Full Monty,” a musical about doffing clothes to raise dough.

Special events

OCT. 8-12: “Stigmata,” a drama by Don Cook about a woman who awakens in a cell-like room and has no clue where she is or why.

DEC. 4-7: “A Christmas Carol.”

FEB. 12-14: “The House of Bernarda Alba,” Federico Garcia Lorca's play done in Spanish with English supertitles.

MAY 29-30: “Nouveau – the Florence Crittenton Project” (working title), about experiences of the residents of Florence Crittenton dramatized by Theatre Charlotte's resident writers' group, Playwrights in Progress.

JUNE 5-13: “The Fairy Tale Productions,” fairy tales satirically updated for the stage by local authors Jennifer Hubbard, Marla Brown, Iesha Hoffman, Stan Peal and Shannon Reichley. Presented by Donna Scott Productions.

JUNE 26-27: “9 X 9 X 9,” nine short plays by Playwrights in Progress.

Triad Stage

This North Carolina regional theater operates at 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro. $12-$42. 336-274-0067; www.triadstage.org.

Mainstage season

THROUGH SEPT. 21: “The Night of the Iguana.”

OCT. 19-NOV. 9: “Bell, Book and Candle.”

NOV. 28-DEC. 21: “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity.”

JAN. 25-FEB. 11: “Black Pearl Sings!”

MARCH 15-APRIL 5: “Ghosts.”

APRIL 26-MAY 17: “The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.”

JUNE 7-JULY 5: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.”

Upstage Cabaret

SEPT. 25-NOV. 1: “Dracula.”

NOV. 20-DEC. 20: “The Santaland Diaries.”

UNC Charlotte

Department of Dance and Theatre performances are in Anne R. Belk Theater, Robinson Hall, or in Lab Theater, both on campus at 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-2599;

www.performances.uncc.edu.

OCT. 8-12: “The Wager,” by Mark Medoff.

OCT. 29-NOV. 2: “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes.

DEC. 3-7: One-act play festival.

FEB. 25-MARCH 1: “Boston Marriage,” by David Mamet.

APRIL 15-19: “The Winter's Tale,” by William Shakespeare.

Wingate University

Performances are in Batte Fine Arts Center on the campus in Wingate, just off U.S. 74. 704-233-8316;

www.wingate.edu/culture.

SEPT. 19-20: “Cinderella,” a musical adaptation for marionettes.

SEPT. 26: “On Agate Hill,” an adaptation of the novel by Lee Smith.

OCT. 10-11: “G.R.I.T.S. – The Musical,” based on the book by Deborah Ford.

NOV. 8: The Cashore Marionettes.

JAN. 16-17: “The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring,” a play for children.

JAN. 23-24: “The Last Five Years,” a musical moving backward in the chronicle of a romance.

FEB. 20-21: “Acting Up – A Night of Comedy Shorts.”

MARCH 14: “Lady Bird, Pat and Betty – Tea for Three” stars Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka as the former first ladies.

APRIL 3-4: “Alice in Wonderland,” where the audience is part of Alice's forest.

APRIL 7: “Moliere Than Thou,” a one-man play about the French author..

Winthrop University

The theater department season typically consists of three faculty-directed plays in Johnson Theatre, three or four student works in Studio Theatre, the student-directed Winthrop One-Act Play Festival on the Rock Hill campus. 803-323-4014; www.winthrop.edu/arts.

OCT. 1-5: “Remnants of Desire,” by Terry Roueche.

OCT. 29-NOV. 2: “Step on a Crack,” by Susan Zeder.

DEC. 5-7: Fall one-act festival.

FEB. 20-MARCH 1: “Anything Goes,” the Cole Porter musical.

APRIL 1-5: “The Deer and the Antelope Play,” by Mark Dunn.

APRIL 8-12: “On the Verge,” by Eric Overmyer.

APRIL 17-19: Spring one-act festival.

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