By: Caroline Renfro
Charlotte’s “Local” Theatre Scene
What does Charlotte’s local theatre scene look like? In a very informal email poll I found that many “average Charlotteans” view local theatre differently than those in the theatre community do.
Many of the responses I got to the question - “What do you think of the local theatre scene in Charlotte?” - focused on the Blumenthal’s Broadway series, which are nationally touring shows that very rarely use local actors, directors or designers (though they do employ local crew to supplement their touring crews).
But what about “local theatre” as in theatre produced, cast and staffed by Charlotteans?
Charlotte is FULL of Local Theatres!
Not only does Charlotte have numerous local community theaters - from Theatre Charlotte, (who has been around nearly ninety years) to the recently developed League of Independent Theatres (a theatrical co-op of sorts) - we’re home to multiple excellent professional companies. By far the most well-known are Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Children’s Theatre.
But if you’re a college student in the southeast looking to pursue a career in musical theatre, there’s one program that tops your list of summer vacation plans: CPCC Summer Theatre.
What is CPCC Summer Theatre?
CPCC Summer Theatre is a professional summer stock program that has brought Charlotte Theatre audiences jam-packed summer seasons for the last 43 years.
The concept of summer stock is simple: you hire a company of performers who can juggle multiple roles in multiple shows, with one show entering tech and performances in the evenings as the next begins rehearsals during the day. This allows for weeks of non-stop entertainment (and performers get to really cut their teeth for show business).
Audiences are treated to three musicals and one mystery or comedy, plus a week of daytime performances for the children’s show. You’ll find a slew of local heavyweights on stage, along with top local and regional up-and-comers.
The best part?
At $18-22 for an individual show ticket it’s one of the best professional theatre bargains in town. Find the show for you or see below for the lineup. To purchase tickets visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust box office at 704-330-6534.
Annie - Halton Theater
- June 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 @7:30pm
- June 5, 11 @ 2:30pm
- June 8 @ 7:00 pm
Chicago - Halton Theatre
- June 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30pm
- June 19 @ 2:30pm
- June 22 @ 7:00pm
Sleuth - Pease Auditorium
- July 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 @ 7:30pm
- July 3, 10 @ 2:30pm
- July 6 @ 7:00pm
- July 15, 16, 21, 22,23@7:30pm
- July 17 @ 2:30pm
- July 20 @ 7:00pm
Disney’s Aladdin Jr.
- June 29, 30,
- July 1,2,5,6,7,8,9 @ 10:00am