“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.”
“One of the best rock scores ever produced. This is an angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show.” – TIME
Chess opens Friday, February 14th at 7:30pm in Halton Theater. Shows run from February 14 – 23.
For tickets and showtimes, visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust box office at ext. 6534. Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will get FREE admission. Non-Central Piedmont student tickets are $5 with a valid student ID.
Central Piedmont Drama Department will hold a series of auditions over the next few weeks.
Summer Theatre 2020 Auditions- February 15, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
Actors between ages 14 to 60+ and both paid and intern technicians needed for a five-show season June 5 to July 25. Call 704-330-6835 for an appointment. Visit the Theatre at Central Piedmont blog to learn more info.
Auditions for Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility – February 17 & 18 at 7:00pm:
Auditions are being held in the Halton Theatre on Central Campus. No appointment is necessary. Actors will complete cold readings from the script. Click here for more info.
Kid’s auditions for Summer Theatre 2020 – March 9 & 10 at 7:00pm in the Halton lobby:
We are looking for kids 8 to 13 for The Music Man and for Peter Pan Jr. – Prepare a short song and be dressed to move freely. No appointment is necessary. Click here for more info.
All ages, ethnicities, and genders are encouraged to audition. Please contact Tom Hollis at 704.330.6835 with any additional questions.
“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.
Please join us in congratulating the Drama Department’s students, staff, and faculty for their well-deserved nominations for the 2019 Broadway World Regional Theatre Awards. Voting is now open! Visit Broadway World’s website to vote and see the rest of the nominees in the area.
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.
Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!
Sensoria – April 12-20, 2013 Sensoria, CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts, brings the best in literature, music, visual arts, theatre, opera, history, culture and culinary experiences together for more than a week of cultural enrichment, community engagement and pure entertainment.
Sensoria Nights New this year is a Sensoria Nights, a special highlighted event each evening. Sensoria Nights events include:
More Sensoria Events + Mobile Sensoria Nights are just a part of what Sensoria has to offer. A complete list of each day’s events is available on the Sensoria website. You can also download a convenient Sensoria mobile app for iPhone and Android devices!
Food Trucks Also new this year, an assortment of food trucks will visit the Central Campus several days during Sensoria. Be sure to stop outside Overcash and sample some delicious food:
Saturday, April 13 Roaming Fork (During Jazz on the Green)
Monday, April 15 Roots Farm Food Truck
Tuesday, April 16 Sal’s Roadside Eatery and The Homegrown Crepe
Wednesday, April 17 Cupcake Delirium and Roaming Fork
All CPCC Arts tickets (theatre, opera and dance) are just $5 for students. Stop by the box office in the Overcash Building on Central Campus and use your CPCC ID to purchase a $5 ticket today. One ticket per ID, please. Tickets are
Arts at CPCC
now on sale for 2012-13 CPCC Theatre performances, including “Godspell,” September 28 – October 7 at Pease Auditorium. Come see this groundbreaking musical with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Tickets are also available for:
A romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog.
Oct. 26 – Nov. 4, Pease Auditorium
A celebration of pure Americana with an award-winning score from country music king Roger Miller.
Feb. 15-24., Dale F. Halton Theater
A Pulitzer Prize winning drama about race, family and dreams.
Season tickets go on sale August 15. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 1.
September 28 – October 7 Featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, composer of “Wicked,” “Pippen” and “Children of Eden,” “Godspell”boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, “Godspell” is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.
October 26 – November 4
Looking for a hilarious good time this fall? Then grab your tickets to “Sylvia,” a modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. That’s right – a dog! Never has man and his best friend been presented in more touching way. CPCC Theatre brings the story of Greg and Kate and their foundling Sylvia to the Pease stage for the first time. If you’re a dog lover, you’ll love this show. If you’re not, you will be by the time it is over. Get your tickets now for a howling good time!
February 15 – 24, 2013
Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.
August Wilson’s Fences
April 12 – 21, 2013
Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August Wilson’s “Fences” is a sensational drama focusing on Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Written by the author of “The Piano Lesson,” “Fences” will be part of the Sensoria Festival.
The CPCC Opera Theatre will perform Verdi’s “La Traviata” (in Italian) in November 2012, and Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (in English)in April 2013. Auditions will be held on the stage of the Halton Theater on August 14, 2012, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no advanced registration. If needed, an accompanist will be provided.
When star sorority girl Elle Woods gets dumped by a boyfriend who is looking for a more serious girl, the UCLA Fashion Merchandising major puts down her credit cards and hits the books to go where no Delta Nu has ever gone before: Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. A hit on Broadway, “Legally Blonde” is a feel-good musical that will have you on your feet cheering for Elle and her friends. From the opening notes of “Omigod You Guys” to the finale, “Find My Way,” you’ll understand why this perky charmer with a penchant for pink has delighted theatre audiences since the show opened on Broadway in 2007.
On stage July 13 – 21, at the beautiful Halton Theater on the CPCC Central Campus, “Legally Blonde” is the perfect summer show. Great tickets are just $18 and $22. Best of all, a special BOGO (buy-one ticket, get-one free) offer for the Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m. performance makes this the perfect and MOST AFFORDABLE summer show! This is the first time CPCC Summer Theatre has offered a BOGO ticket to the public, so don’t miss out. Call the box office at 704.330.6534 and ask for the Wednesday BOGO offer for “Legally Blonde.” Tickets to other performances of “Legally Blonde” are also available online at tix.cpcc.edu. To take advantage of this BOGO offer, you must call the box office. Grab a friend, family member, sorority sister, manicurist, UPS man, or anyone else and come enjoy a great show for as little as $9 a ticket. Did we mention that parking is free?