CPCC adds its brand of seasoning: Summer savory

A fair lady, an unfair witch, a couple who need a chaperone and a chaperone who's probably already had a couple will populate the CPCC Summer Theatre stage this summer, starting Friday. And kids can spend a year with a frog, a toad and their amiable animal pals.

The company that calls itself "Charlotte's only professional summer stock since 1973" begins with Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" June 4-12 - or should one say George Bernard Shaw's, as the musical comes from his play "Pygmalion"? Dennis Delamar plays elocutionist Henry Higgins, who falls in love with flower girl Eliza (Susan Roberts Knowlson) while tutoring her.

Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" blends fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, some sweet and some sadistically cruel, into a musical that operates on many emotional levels. It's about what happens when a seemingly wicked witch interacts with Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and other characters, who find out their destinies are not what they'd imagined. It runs June 18-26.

The children's play is "A Year With Frog and Toad," which runs mornings from June 30 through July 10 and is a musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel's book. You'll meet their friends Snail, Turtle and Lizard as they plant seeds, eat cookies and take a hair-raising ride on a bobsled. A little Christmas flavor is thrown in for spice.

"Barefoot in the Park," Neil Simon's first hit about an ill-matched couple, runs July 2-11. Simon's early comedy is about newlyweds in New York who cope with intrusive family members, strange neighbors and their own insecurities.

The last show is "The Drowsy Chaperone," the most offbeat of these offerings. It takes place in the New York apartment of an obsessive, lonely man, who puts on a recording of his favorite musical and finds the characters coming to life. This revved-up 1920s song-and-dance frolic runs July 16-24.