CPCC State of the Arts August 2018

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CPCC Summer Theatre 2018 Presents Disney’s Newsies

CPCC Summer Theatre 2018  opens Disney’s Newsies July 13th at 7:30pm in the Halton Theatre. Performances run through July 21st. For details visit tix.cpcc.edu. Call the SunTrust Box office at 704-330-6534 or get your tickets at the door.

CPCC Summer Theatre 2018 Presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap

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CPCC’s New Whodunit Has Kept Crowds Guessing for 66 Years

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Between the time that Queen Elizabeth II began her reign and the official date of her coronation in 1953, another queen began her ascent to a regal London throne. Late in November 1952, Agatha Christie brought her murder mystery drama The Mousetrap to the Ambassadors Theatre. By the time the show transferred to the larger St. Martin’s Theatre in 1974, Dame Agatha had long since worn the crown for the longest running show in London’s fabled West End — for both plays and musicals.

It’s been there ever since, making St. Martin’s a London landmark.

click to enlargeSt. Martin’s Theatre (pictured in 2014) has been hosting ‘The Mousetrap’ since 1974. - (Photo by Oxfordian Kissuth)

  • St. Martin’s Theatre (pictured in 2014) has been hosting ‘The Mousetrap’ since 1974.(Photo by Oxfordian Kissuth)

This week, The Mousetrap returns to CPCC Summer Theatre after a hiatus of 37 years. Paula Baldwin, who directs the whodunit, says she saw a production a few years ago in Mint Hill.

Scarcely as popular in Metrolina as it is in the U.K., productions have only appeared on the outskirts of Charlotte since the turn of the millennium, popping up in Davidson during the summer of 2004 and again at Fort Mill in 2008.

“I love the script!” says Baldwin. “The characters are well developed and they all have a secret. In many murder mysteries, the audience knows who the killer is and watches for the climactic moment, but in The Mousetrap, the audience makes discoveries as the characters do, and all of the characters appear to be guilty at one point or another.”

That includes Giles and Mollie Ralston (Andrew Tarek and Lisa Hatt), our hosts at Monkswell Manor. On a snowy night, after listening to radio reports of a murder and a police manhunt, the Ralstons welcome four anticipated boarders to their isolated guesthouse — plus two people they hadn’t bargained for. Mr. Paravicini (Charles Laborde) seeks shelter from the storm after his car has overturned in a snowdrift. That’s his story, anyway. After that, Detective Sergeant Trotter (Cole Pedigo) arrives to investigate, believing that the murderer is somewhere in the house.

Don’t bet against it. Nor should we assume that all the killing is over, especially since — hey, we’re back in the ’50s, and it’s been snowing! — the lights and the phone might go out.

So is it murder and suspense that account for the uncanny success of The Mousetrap? Probably not. Nor is it the notorious pact with the audience not to reveal the final plot twists unique to this mystery thriller.

Ticket sales aren’t completely on autopilot midway into the show’s 67th year. Marketing continues long after some might see its necessity. “The mystery lives on!” proclaims the current poster, evidence that somebody might be up late at night worrying about the future.

Truth be told, reputation and tradition are likely more pertinent to the endless run than mundane marketing. Next to Shakespeare and the authors of the Bible, Christie has sold more books than anyone one else in the history of the planet, the best-selling novelist of all time.

We can safely declare that Dame Agatha benefits from a build-up of goodwill and adoration. Nor was the Queen of Crime a one-hit wonder on the stage. Productions of Witness for the Prosecution and Ten Little Indians are still done.

If there’s a secret ingredient to the success of The Mousetrap, it’s Christie’s charm.

click to enlargeLisa Hatt as Mollie Ralston (left) and Cole Pedigo as Detective Sergeant Trotter. - (Photos by Oxfordian Kissuth)

  • Lisa Hatt as Mollie Ralston (left) and Cole Pedigo as Detective Sergeant Trotter. (Photos by Oxfordian Kissuth)

“Agatha Christie had a lot of fun with this particular play and really pokes fun at murder mysteries with some of the dialogue and actions within the play,” says Baldwin when asked to detect its secret sauce. “I do think that seeing the show in London has become a tradition for tourists, very much like American tourists flock to see shows like Phantom of the Opera or Wicked when they go to New York. Londoners go to see the show when the cast changes or to take their children and later their grandchildren.”

Of course, 37 years after the last CPCC Summer Mousetrap, people who saw the 1981 production might just come back to refresh their memories — with or without kids and grandkids. Baldwin has no intentions of layering on any updates or retrospective condescension, planning to preserve the suspense built into the script and present the snowbound mystery as a period piece.

The new CPCC production will sport a not-so-secret sauce of its own, the 15th collaboration between Baldwin and LaBorde since the two met up at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in 2008 in the CAST production of Foxfire. It was Baldwin’s Charlotte debut and LaBorde’s first acting gig after retiring from his position as principal of Northwest School of the Arts.

“I feel we clicked immediately,” LaBorde recalls. “We each liked the other’s professionalism and commitment to hard work on the process. She is quite firm but nice. She’s often been a strong positive character in shows we have done together – Foxfire, Metamorphoses, Death of a Salesman, To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Ah yes, but then there are all of Baldwin’s mean and nasty roles in Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Actress. Maybe meanest of all was August: Osage County, where she usurped the leadership of the Weston family and yelled out at the end of Act 2, “I’m running things now!”

LaBorde has directed Baldwin eight times, if we count Angels in America twice for parts 1 and 2. Mousetrap really will be the first time in their professional relationship that Baldwin is turning the tables and running things.

“It has been an easy transition to acting for her and being bossed around by her,” LaBorde tells us, diplomatically. “I’ve had the good sense to learn my lines, do the blocking she gives me, and keep my mouth shut at other times.”

After getting cast by LaBorde as Blanche DuBois in Streetcar and Martha in Virginia Woolf, Baldwin couldn’t be blamed if she retaliated by casting LaBorde as Christie’s killer. But did she? Baldwin won’t say.

“Everybody is a suspect!” she exclaims.

We can’t get a full confession from LaBorde, either.

“Paravicini is a mysterious character to be sure,” he evades. “He drops in out of the storm unannounced, he speaks with a French accent — peppering his speech with oui’s, charmante’s, and even soupçon. But he has an Italian name, which he appears to make up on the spot. He is clearly worried about the arrival of the police, but his more obnoxious self gets the better of him and sets him in a battle of wits with the detective.”

Cross-examination proves to be fruitless. Even when we ask a trick question, how many people did Paravicini murder, LaBorde answers ambiguously. Asked whether there’s anything we will like about Paravicini, the wily LaBorde finally divulges a hint of a tease.

“He seems to have perverse fun with the subject of murder,” he says wickedly, “always a crowd-pleaser in an Agatha Christie play.”

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Get your tickets at the SunTrust Box office 704-330-6534, or online at tix.cpcc.edu 24/7.

CPCC Summer Theatre Opens Shrek TYA June 27th 10:00am

Shrek TYA

June 27,28,29,30, July 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 10:00am

Halton

“Once Upon a time, there was little ogre named Shrek…” and CPCC Summer Theatre brings him to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued.

This hour-long adaptation of the award winning film and stage production is filled with all of your favorite songs. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen fairy tale misfits and you’ve got an experience that your family will fondly remember for years to come.

Get your tickets at CPCCTix 24/7, by calling the SunTrust Box office 704-330-6534 or at the door.

CPCC Summer Theatre 2018 Casts

CPCC Summer Theatre Casts 2018

CPCC Summer Theatre is proud to announce the casts of Summer 2018. We’ve got an exciting troupe of actors to bring the best of Broadway to Charlotte this year. Get your tickets at the SunTrust Box Office 704-330-6534 or online at CPCC Tix. Season Tickets on sale April 1. Single tickets on sale May 1.

Oklahoma!

Laurey Williams………………………Sarah Henkel

Curly McLain………………………….Ashton Guthrie

Aunt Eller………………………………Paula Baldwin

Will Parker…………………………….Steven James

Jud Fry…………………………………Steve Martin

Ado Annie……………………………..Amber Dawn French

Ali Hakim……………………………….J. Michael Beech

Gertie Cummings……………………..Jana Dykhuis

Andrew Carnes……………………….James K. Flynn

Ike Skidmore…………………………..Mike Carroll

Fred…………………………………….Tony Richardson

Slim…………………………………….Brendan Hanks

Ellen……………………………………Susannah Upchurch

Kate……………………………………Alexis Harder

Sylvie………………………………….Amelia Cary

Armina…………………………………Katherine Cherok

Aggie……………………………………Bailey Greemon

Cord Elam………………………………Brian Holloway

Jess……………………………………Jeremy Borja

Chalmers………………………………Justin Rivers

Mike…………………………………….Caleb Warren

Joe ………………………………………Carson Palmer

Sam………………………………………Colin Gallagher

Mrs. Skidmore…………………………Jerilyn McDonald

Mrs. Elam………………………………Cathy Doheny

Betty…………….………………………Bella Pavia

Susie……………………………………Emma Metzger

Sancho…………………………………Neifert Cornejo-Ordonez

Featured dancer………………………Collin Newton

Featured dancer……………………….Robin Dunavant

Featured dancer………………………Treston Henderson

Featured dancer……………………….Philip Stock

Buck………….…………………………Christian Regan

 

Grease

Danny Zuko………………………………Philip Stock

Sandy Dumbrowski……………………….Robin Dunavant

Betty Rizzo…………………………………Lindsey Schroeder

Frenchy …………………………………….Ava Smith

Marty………………………………………..Katherine Cherok

Jan……………………………………………Amelia Cary

Doody…………………………………………Ashton Guthrie

Kenickie………………………………………Treston Henderson

Sonny…………………………………………Colin Gallagher

Roger…………………………………………Collin Newton

Vince Fontaine……………………………………..Aaron Coulson

Cha Cha ………………………………………Alexis Harder

Eugene Florczyk………………………………Carson Palmer

Johnny Casino……………………………………..Aaron Coulson

Miss Lynch…………………………………….Megan Postle

Patty Simcox………………………………….Susannah Upchurch

Teen Angel……………………………………..Aaron Coulson

Male Ensemble……………………………….Tony Richardson

Male Ensemble……………………………….Jonathan Davis

Male Ensemble……………………………….Justin Rivers

Male Ensemble……………………………….Caleb Warren

Female Ensemble…………………………….Leila Wu

Female Ensemble…………………………….Sophie Hardy

Female Ensemble…………………………….Bailey Greemon

Female Ensemble…………………………….Abigail Hackenberg

 

 

The Mousetrap

Mollie Ralston………………………………………….Lisa Hatt

Giles Ralston…………………………………………..Andrew Russell

Christopher Wren………………………………………Garrett Bradshaw

Mrs. Boyle……………………………………………….Zendyn Duellman

Major Metcalf……………………………………………Bob Paolino

Miss Casewell………………………………………….Emily Witte

Mr. Paravicini……………………………………………Charles LaBorde

Detective Sergeant Trotter…………………………….Cole Pedigo

 

Shrek TYV

Shrek…………………………………………………………..Collin Newton

Fiona…………………………………………………………..Robin Dunavant

Donkey………………………………………………………..Treston Henderson

Lord Farquaad………………………………………………..Philip Stock

Dragon………………………………………………………….Brittnay Harrington

Gingy/Ensemble……………………………………………..Eva Rose Cole

Pinocchio/Ensemble…………………………………………Herbert White

Peter Pan/Teen Fiona/Ensemble……………………………Caroline Farley

Baby Bear /Young Fiona/Ensemble…………………………Anabelle Lamm

Pig 1/Ensemble…………………………………………….Sayo Oni

Pig 2/Ensemble…………………………………………….Aamar Culbreth

Pig 3/Ensemble…………………………………………….Bennet Harris

Ugly Duckling/Ensemble……………………………………Erin Frase

Mamma Bear/Ensemble ………………………………….Ahzjai Culbreth

Pappa Bear/Ensemble……………………………………Andrew Sickles

Wicked Witch/Ensemble…………………………………..Carmen Myrick

Guard/Ensemble……………………………………………Marquaivis Ellis

Wolf/Ensemble……………………………………………..Colin Gallagher

 

Newsies

Jack Kelly……………………………………………………….Philip Stock

Crutchie…………………………………………………………Treston Henderson

Newsboy………………………………………………………..Colin Gallagher

Newsboy…………………………………………………………Bennet Harris

Newsboy…………………………………………………………Carson Palmer

Newsboy………………………………………………………….Thomas Young

Newsboy…………………………………………………………..Caleb Warren

Newsboy…………………………………………………………..Rixey Terry

Newsboy…………………………………………………………..Tony Richardson

Newsboy……………………………………………………………Andrew Sickles

Newsboy……………………………………………………………Sayo Oni

Newsboy……………………………………………………………Justin Rivers

Newsboy……………………………………………………………..Neifert Cornejo-Ordonez

Katherine Plummer…………………………………………………Robin Dunavant

Morris Delancy/Ensemble…………………………………………Jalen Walker

Oscar Delancy/Ensemble…………………………………………Patrick Stepp

Wiesel/Jacobi/Mayor/Citizen of NYC…………………………….Jonathan Bruckner

Davey Jacobs……………………………………………………..Collin Newton

Les Jacobs…………………………………………………………Alex Kim

Joseph Pulitzer…………………………………………………….Rob Addison

Seitz/Cop/Citizen of NYC…………………………………………Mike Carroll

Bunsen/SM/Cop/Citizen of NYC………………………………….Brian Holloway

Hannah/Nun/Citizen of NYC………………………………………Sophie Hardy

Snyder/Photographer/Citizen of NYC……………………………Traven Harrington

Medda Larkin/Nun………………………………………………….Brittney Harrington

Newsboy/Ensemble………………………………………………..Carlos Jimenez

  1. Roosevelt/Nunzio/Citizen of NYC………………………….Craig Estep

Nun/Bowery Beauty/Citizen of NYC……………………………….Leila Wu

Newsboy/Ensemble…………………………………………………Robert Leaks

Newsboy/Ensemble………………………………………………….Patrick Weeks

 

 

 

 

CPCC State of the Arts March 2018

Get involved in our arts community Follow our CPCC Arts blogs to receive the latest information on audition schedules, campus music concert performances and more. Visit http://blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre/.

Spread the word. Send this newsletter to a friend. The arts are alive and well at CPCC. Visit tix.cpcc.edu or www.cpcc.edu/arts or the latest information on what is happening on stage and in the galleries at CPCC.

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