Davidson Community Players announce season, gala

The folks running Davidson Community Players know one thing about the newly announced 2015 season: At least one event will turn to gold.

That’s the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala March 21 at The Peninsula Club at Lake Norman. The charity event will raise money for the company and include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets aren’t available yet, but they are for the rest of the season. As usual, that consists of a balanced selection of musicals, light comedies, shows for kids and a soupçon of weighty drama.

You can get season tickets at davidsoncommunityplayers.org or 704-892-7953. A full mainstage ticket for adults costs $95 ($80 for seniors); a mainstage “Pick 3” costs $63 ($55 for seniors). Season tickets to the Connie Company, DCP’s arm for children, cost $25 for any age.

The company has announced changes for the new season: theatrical-style seating at Armour Street Theatre (as opposed to pews), a return to two summer shows at Duke Family Performance Hall, reserved seating for donors and season ticketholders.

Here’s the lineup of adult plays:

• “Ordinary People,” Feb. 26-March 15 at Armour Street Theatre: Nancy Pahl Gilsenan adapted Judith Guest’s novel about a family riven by depression after the older son dies in a sailing accident.

• “Chicago,” June 18-27 at Duke Family Performance Hall: The Kander and Ebb musical centers around Velma and Roxie, merry murderesses who vie for public attention in the 1920s.

• “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” July 16-26 at Duke Family Performance Hall: In Marc Camoletti’s farce, a romantic weekend in the French countryside is undone when a mistress, cook, best friend and wife will not cooperate with an erring husband.

• “Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell,” Oct. 1-18 at Armour Street Theatre: Charlotte-based playwrights Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate put a famed producer, new director, respected scriptwriter and loyal secretary on the spot to adapt “Gone With the Wind” in a week.

• “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 3-20 at Armour Street Theatre: This is the nonmusical adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoirs about his boyhood.

Here’s the Connie Company’s season:

• “Rumplestiltskin,” Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in partnership with Davidson Day School Theatre, 750 Jetton St.: Rupert Barber adapted the fairy tale about a beleaguered maid and her odd assistant.

• “Alice in Wonderland,” April 17-26 at Armour Street Theatre: Lewis Carroll’s tale features a talking white rabbit, ambulatory playing cards and other odd beings.

• “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Nov. 6-15 at Armour Street Theatre: This is the musical version of a young flapper’s search for work and romance in 1920s New York City.