Auditions for Baby will be held Aug. 20-21 at 7 p.m.. The musical will open Oct. 4 and run through Oct. 21. Auditions for the Farndale Avenue Christmas Carol will be held Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16-17 at 7 p.m. The holiday comedy will open Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 16. All auditions will be held at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St, Davidson, NC 28036, where both productions will be performed.
In Baby, the Musical, three couples, each newly expecting a child, have different but familiar reactions. Lizzie and Danny are college students who have just moved in together. Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. With the help of the friends and colleagues they encounter in their small college town, these characters experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, the desperate lows and the comic highs, that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.
Roles are available for 14 to 18 strong singer/actors ages 17 and older who move well. Actors should plan to attend either the Aug. 20 or Aug. 21 session, and should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off their voice as well as their ability to act through a song. An accompanist will be provided. Callbacks will be held by invitation on Thursday, Aug. 23. Actors should also bring a recent picture and resume as well as a list of conflicts for the August through October time period. The production will be directed by Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, with musical direction by Vicki Harvell.
Farndale Avenue ... Christmas Carol revolves around a fictitious women's acting troupe. When the ladies of the Farndale Dramatic Society get their hands on A Christmas Carol, anything can happen. Missing actors, an appearance by Santa and audience participation are included. This comic play-within-a-play brings a comedic twist to the Dickens classic. Roles are available for four women and one man ages 21 and older. Callbacks by invitation on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. The production will be directed by Matt Cosper. Actors need attend only one session and should bring a recent picture, resume or list of theatre experience, and a list of conflicts for the October through December time frame. Sides for cold reads will be provided, British accent is a plus, and you may be asked to sing a simple song such as "Happy Birthday."
For more information about Davidson Community Players or the upcoming productions, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org or call 704-892-7953.
Food Truck Rally comes to Rural Hill
Under the leadership of Jeff Fissel, Historic Rural Hill has held some new and innovative events to complement the traditional Loch Norman Highland Games and the Amazing Maize Maze. The latest will be the Rural Hill Food Truck Rally scheduled for Friday, July 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the first-ever food truck rally in the Lake Norman area.
All ages are invited to attend and enjoy the cornucopia of culinary delights that is served from local food trucks. Admission to the rally is free, but food pricing will vary per truck menu.
From New York to Florida, food truck rallies are gaining popularity. "We are proud to host this rally for the Lake Norman area," says Fissel, executive director of Rural Hill. "We have a great venue for festivals and events like this one, and we are excited to offer a food truck rally experience for our community."
Long known in New York, Los Angeles and other large cities, food trucks are on the rise locally as well. Michelle Boudin of Charlotte Magazine recently wrote, "some of the Queen City's tastiest dishes are being served from the side of parked vehicles. These chefs of the road are updating Twitter feeds and websites to share where you can find their roving kitchens which offer inexpensive — and often gourmet — food."
The Rural Hill Food Truck Rally will feature live music, cornhole, local merchants, children's activities and living history experiences. Complete event information can be found at www.ruralhill.net. The rally is sponsored by McIntosh law Firm and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, the Town of Huntersville, Smokes Unlimited, Highland Brewing, Shelton Vineyards, Lake Norman Citizen, Mountain Khakis, and Midas Spring Water.
'Rumors' spreading at Davidson College
Davidson Community Players will stage Neil Simon's farce, Rumors, beginning Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. Simon excels in presenting the frustrations of life with humor, and Rumors is no exception.
The play brings together eight colorful dinner guests for the 10th wedding anniversary of the deputy mayor of New York and his wife. The deputy mayor has just shot himself through the earlobe, and his wife is nowhere in sight. Each guest desperately attempts to hush the facts surrounding the mysterious shooting of their host. Couples quickly begin to show their true colors as they scramble for increasingly ridiculous explanations as they peel down to their neurotic, insecure selves in an attempt to protect their social standing.
The cast includes long-time DCP actors Jim Esposito, Cat Rutledge, Phil Robertson and DCP Executive Director, Matthew Merrell. Merrell is a well-known veteran of the Davidson community stage and most recently appeared in the 2010 DCP production of Noises Off.
The production will be directed by Davidson College Assistant Professor of Theater Mark Sutch, who previously directed critically acclaimed productions of Rounding Third and How I Learned to Drive for DCP. Sutch has directed numerous productions at Davidson College, including Romeo and Juliet, Leading Ladies and Hamlet.
Curtain time is 8 p.m, Thursdays-Saturdays, July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4., matinee performances at 2 p.m. Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 5. Tickets cost $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students, and can be reserved by calling at 704-892-7953 or online at www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org. Limited reserved seating is also available. Rumors is appropriate for ages 12 and older. Season sponsors are The McIntosh Law Firm and Davidson Wealth Management. Show sponsor is Brickhouse Tavern.
Davidson Music Dept. sets Concert Series
The Davidson College Music Department has plans to take its annual Concert Series to new heights. The new season will be launched Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. with acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu. As a former Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Nakamatsu is an internationally recognized concert artist.
His appearance is made possible by a contribution from the Adams Foundation. Following the concert the Davidson College Friends of the Arts will host a reception with Nakamatsu
The 2012-13 season in Tyler-Tallman Hall also includes performances from the Akerman-Teixeira Guitar Duo, pianist Phillip Bush and members of the Charlotte Symphony performing Dvorak A Major Piano Quintet; the Contiguglia Piano Duo, Fresh Ink, a mixed instrumental ensemble with percussion; and the return of the Davidson Piano Trio with violinist Rosemary Furniss, pianist Dana Protopopescu and cellist Alan Black.
The Music Department is also teaming with Friends of the Arts and the Smith Artist Series to offer a unique collaborative performance by students from Davidson's Music Department and renowned musicians Daniel Bernard Roumain and Laurelyn Dossett in late September.
For more information about the upcoming concert season, visit www.davidson.edu/music or call 704-894-2848.