Central Piedmont Theatre presents ‘Chess the Musical’

Chess the Musical “Chess the Musical” is coming to the Halton Theater Stage!

Chess is a rock musical with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters from America and the USSR and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Revered as “one of the best rock scores ever produced”, by TIME Magazine, make sure you check out “this  “angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show” which is sure to entertain.

Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will receive FREE admission. Tickets are $5 for all non-Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.  Visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534 for more information.

Central Piedmont Galleries Announces New Exhibits

To kick off the new year, The Central Piedmont Art Galleries are pleased to present two new exhibitions.

Overcash Gallery:

“Structure and Void” by Richard Elaver

“Structure and Void” is an investigation into surface, structure, and systematized randomness. The work re-presents patterns from nature in organic forms and fluid surfaces. Those forms are deconstructed into cellular elements and reconstructed in a variety of materials using generative software and digital fabrication techniques.

Richard ElaverWhen: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Lecture: January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery
Where: Overcash Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 2820


Ross Gallery:

“I Am My Things and My Things Are Me” by Allison Tierney

Allison Tierney’s work relies heavily on painting and a decorative aesthetic to discover personal identity, comment on consumerism, and investigate the divide between craft and art. Through the act of repurposing, Tierney is able to transform unwanted items into colorful and optimistic works of art that give value to the value-less.

Allison Tierney art

  • When: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Artist Lecture: February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
  • Opening Reception: February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery
  • Where: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204


Both galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Drama Students to Present One-Act Plays

Central Piedmont Drama students will present several one act plays this semester at the Central and Levine campuses.

November 13 at 2 p.m.: An Afternoon of One Acts:  “Gorilla Gorilla” and “The Bear” in the Overcash Food court/ Commons Area

November 20 at 2 p.m.: Another Afternoon of One Acts: “The Marriage Proposal” in the Overcash Food court/Commons Area

December 4 at 10:30 a.m.: A Morning One Act: “The Zoo Story” In Overcash, Room 300

December 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.: A Complete Evening of One Acts: “Gorilla Gorilla”, “The Bear”, “The Marriage Proposal” and “The Zoo Story” Levine Campus Georgia Tucker Fine Arts Hall

All performances are FREE!

For additional information, contact Tom Hollis at 704.330.6835 or at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu.

An Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss!

Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery is fortunate to exhibit an eclectic selection of both 2D and 3D works from the private art collection of Dr. Larry Brady, and WOW! You gotta see it! The pieces range from the abstract to modern contemporary, ceramics to collage. It is a sight to behold. We only have this exhibit up until Winter Break!! So get out to Harris Campus and give them a look!


The Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery, Harris Conference Center
3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte, NC
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Central Piedmont Dance Theatre to Present ‘The Moon: A Little Theatre of the World’

The Moon

Central Piedmont Dance Theatre is excited to present “The Moon: A little Theatre of the World.”  This modern opera by Carl Orff is based on a  fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, of the consequences of greed and possession upsetting the natural order of the world.

Choreographed by Dance Program Chair Clay Daniel, and conducted by Arts Division Chair Dr. Alan Yamamoto, “The Moon” will feature moving sets, magical theatrics, and a wonderful lesson in the enchanting musical depths of Orff’s rarely-performed masterwork!

Performances are November 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Halton Theater. Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will receive FREE admission. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for all non-Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.  Visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534 for more information.

Central Piedmont Opera Theatre to Present ‘Orphee et Euridice,’ Students Attend FREE!

Orphee et Euridice

The Central Piedmont Music Department is excited to announce their Fall 2019 opera, “Orphee et Euridice!”

Gluck’s second adaptation of the Orpheus mythological legend took place in Paris, France in 1774.  In our present day, the first version, which premiered in Vienna in 1692 is more often performed.  Due to the additional beautiful vocal and dance music and the title role being performed by a full lyric tenor voice, Central Piedmont Opera has chosen to produce the Paris Version of this opera.

The presence of dance is especially strong in the Paris Version, and the additional music is stunning.  Central Piedmont Opera is pleased to be collaborating with Central Piedmont Dance and Nouveau Süd to bring you this ‘feast for the senses’ known as “Orphée et Euridice.”

Performances are November 22nd and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and November 24 at 2:30 p.m., in Halton Theater, Central Campus. Central Piedmont students can attend FREE with a valid Central Piedmont student ID. For more information, visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534.


2019 Holiday Art Market

Holiday Market

Holiday Art Market 2019

Join us for our sixth annual Holiday Art Market in our new location, Overcash Gallery.

The Holiday Art Market includes our students, alumni, and faculty artists to offer their artwork for sale.

Promoting affordable art for under $50.

October 16 – December 5, 2019
Holiday Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 2019; 5 – 7 p.m.
Overcash Gallery, 1st floor Overcash Center, Central Campus

Market Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday Hours: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/22
Saturday Hours: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on 10/26, 11/2, 11/16, 11/23
Sunday Hours: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on 10/27,  11/3,  11/17, 11/24

Participating student, alumni, and faculty artists:
Abena-Adora Gwin, Alvaro Torres, Ally Whitman, Ayah Hajjar, Becki Vaughn, Carlos Anzola, Carolyn Jacobs, David Clark, E’Ne’Chie Otis, Erick Ramirez, Evan Friday, Felicia van Bork, Gary Rubin, Jennifer Bready, Ju-Ian Shen, Kathleen McNamara, Khrystyna Yurchenko, Mary Hills Powell, Michael Kiwanuka, Morgan Madaffari, Mudit Mehta, Myesha Winston, Nancy Nieves Dreith, Olivia Scarborough, Paige Reitterer, Patty Campbell, Paula Smith, Phil Sciabarrasi, Rebecca Buchanan, Stephen Homer, Tate Viviano, Terry Galante, Thomas Buchanan, Vincent J. Ligas

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Comes to the Halton Theater Stage!

Little Shop of Horrors

“Little Shop of Horrors” is coming to the Halton Theater Stage!

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years, by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Opening night is October 25 at 7:30 in Halton Theater, and performances run October 25 – 27, and November 1 – 3.

Tickets for current Central Piedmont students are FREE with a valid Central Piedmont student ID! For more information about tickets and show times, visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the box office at 704.330.6534.

Blur: A Community Portrait Project

Artist Standing against a wallBlur: A Community Portrait Project
Artist Melissa Alexander
Curator Jonell Logan
October 16 – December 12, 2019 – Ross Gallery, Overcash Center, Central Campus

Artist Lecture
Thursday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. – Bryant Hall, 1st floor Sloan Morgan, Central Campus

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. – Ross Art Gallery, 1st floor Overcash Center, Central Campus

Moments from our lives pass in a blur and tend to be forgotten. We are constantly moving, talking, watching, sending, and working – so much so that losing sight of ourselves is a shared reality. What happens, however when we slow down? When we sit? When those moments are stilled and remembered in a photograph?

Early in the semester, Atlanta-based photographer Melissa Alexander used her camera to capture the students that embody Central Piedmont’s campus life through portraiture. These portraits have transformed Ross Gallery into the exhibition titled Blur: A Community Portrait Project that reclaims not only our time, but ourselves.

*photo credit: Chris Henderson

Central Piedmont Theatre Wins 10 Metrolina Theatre Awards

On Sunday, Sept. 29, at the MTA Awards, Central Piedmont Theatre and Central Piedmont Summer Theatre were awarded in 10 categories:

Stephen Lancaster- Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide
Emily Witte- Outstanding Female Supporting Actor(Musical) for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan- Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan for Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Ron Chisholm- Outstanding Musical Choreography for Show Boat
Lisa Bradley- Outstanding Lead Actor Female for Gypsy
Kevin Roberge- Outstanding Lead Actor Male for Gentleman’s Guide
Payton Dills- William Rackley Award for Technical Excellence
Central Piedmont Summer Theatre – Outstanding Musical Production for Gentleman’s Guide
Tom Hollis – Theatre Person of the Year.

Congrats to all of our award recipients and to all of our students, staff, and faculty who were nominated.

In addition Dr, Corlis Hayes received the award for Outstanding Direction of a Play for Two Trains Running at BNS Productions and James Duke was awarded Outstanding Set Design Play for Two Trains Running.

Central Piedmont Drama Alum Rory Sheriff’s BNS Productions won several awards for his work on Two Trains and Be a Lion. He is a credit to our program.

$HAN Wallace’s ‘cutXcopy’ Comes to the Gorelick Gallery at Levine

SHAN WallavePhotographer $HAN Wallace presents “cutXcopy” at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery Levine Campus
Now through December 13, 2019
Artist Lecture, Thursday, September 26, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., LV 2150

A conversation with photographer $HAN Wallace about her life and inspirations for her exhibit “cutXcopy.”

$HAN is an award-winning photographer, artist, and freedom fighter from East Baltimore. The Baltimore City Paper named $HAN Wallace Best Photographer (2016) and Best Solo Show (2017).  Recently, $HAN lectured at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art-Hodges Taylor as part of the Charlotte Millennial Art Program. $HAN is a current artist-in-residence at The Roll Up CLT.

Inspired by the service of social change and the social power of art, and harsh realities rooted in racial and economic divides during her upbringing in poverty, $HAN uses the lens to document communities of the African diaspora. Her work conveys and reveals the social, cultural, and political narratives of black life serving as photographic documentation and archive of Blackness.

Artist $HAN Wallace pulls from her own collection of photographs to piece and layer imagery of landscapes, textures and people to create new narratives. Using collage techniques as a means of addressing topics like race, class and politics, $HAN is able to communicate a sense of new worlds that feel both foreign and familiar.

New Exhibit at Cato Campus: ‘Illuminate’

Art PopIlluminate
by the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018
Now through December 13, 2019

Through “Illuminate,” Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery partners with the ArtPop Street Gallery’s Class of 2018 in the shared vision of bringing art to students, faculty, and the community. This collective showcase of eclectic pieces created in paint, collage, photography, stoneware, and glass reflects the diversity and depth of Charlotte’s local art. Some of the works are recognizable as those that were lit up over the city, while others are new endeavors. All reflect the aspiration and passion of the artist. 

Participating artists from the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018″
Eva Crawford – Cortney Frasier – Gordon C. James – Carmella Jarvi-
Katherine Kirchner- Pauline Dove Lamal – Julia Lawing – Monique Luck
Arthur Rogers – Maria Senkel – Hilary Siber – Holly Spruck – Stella Hyewon Yang

“Illuminate” debuts at the Cato Campus. In 2020, the exhibit moves to the expansive Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery Harris Campus.

Gorelick Gallery at Harper Campus to Feature ‘Frieze’ by Tom Stanley

​Frieze, by Tom StanleyTom Stanley
Exhibited with works of art from the collection of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick
Now through July 31, 2020

Tom Stanley’s series are often hung as a frieze even as he works on groups of paintings. Size, imagery, color, and format for each series is distinct and help to create a visual theme within the group of related works.

The architectural realities of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at the Central Piedmont Harper Campus lend themselves well to a frieze-like installation. As a result, three of Stanley’s series are on exhibit now through July 2020. Each series will include six to eight works of acrylic on canvas.

Drawing with paint, Stanley uses common graphic strategies, such as mechanical drawing, silhouette, and sgraffito to make something he has never seen before. His works are a conversation between hands and eyes.

frieze /frēz/
a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, especially on a wall near the ceiling​

Harper Campus, Harper IV
Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery
315 W. Hebron St., Charlotte, NC

Auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Aug. 26 – 27

Little Shop of Horrors

Central Piedmont Theatre will hold auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” on August 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Hall of the Overcash Performing Arts Center. You do not have to be a student in order to audition.

Auditions will consist of a prepared song of 16 to 32 bars with sheet music in the correct key. Be dressed to move. No preparation necessary or appointment necessary.

We are looking to cast approximately 20 performers ages 16 to 60+. For more information and to see the list of characters needed, click here.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6835.