CP Metrolina Theatre Association Award Nominees for 2019

Congratulations to CP Theatre’s and Summer Theatre’s 11th MTA Awards Nominees

Musical Category

Outstanding Production

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Gypsy- CP Theatre

Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Outstanding Actor- Male

Michael Beech (Herbie) in Gypsy- CP Theatre

Ashton Guthrie (Monty Navarro) in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Ashton Guthrie (Gaylord Ravenal) in Show Boat-m CP Summer Theatre

Kevin Roberge (The D’Ysquith Family) A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Actor – Female

Lisa Bradley (Rose) in Gypsy – CP Theatre

Sarah Hinkle (Magnolia) in Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Male

Tyler Smith (Joe) in Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor- Female

Caryn Crye (Tessie Tura/Miss Cratchitt) in Gypsy- CP Theatre

Lucianne Hamilton (Ellie May) in Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Karley Kornegay (Phoebe D’Ysquith) in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Emily Witte (Sibella Hallward) in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Emily Witte (Louise) in Gypsy – CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Director

Tom Hollis for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Tom Hollis for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Tom Hollis for Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Outstanding Musical Director

Drina Keen for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Drina Keen for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Drina Keen for Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Choreographer

Ron Chisholm for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Ron Chisholm for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Ron Chisholm for Show Boat- CP  Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Set Design

Bob Croghan for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Bob Croghan for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Jennifer O’Kelly for Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design

Stephen Lancaster for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Stephen Lancaster for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Stephen Lancaster for Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Jeff Childs for Show Boat-m CP Summer Theatre

Victoria Fisher- Gypsy- CP Theatre

Gary Sivak for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Bob Croghan for in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder- CP Summer Theatre

Bob Croghan for Gypsy- CP Theatre

Debbie Scheu for Show Boat- CP Summer Theatre

Outstanding Play

Outstanding Production

Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Actor- Male

Marcus Looney (George) in Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Actor- Female

Katie Schultz (Emily) in Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor- Male

Ryan Dunn (Dr. Gibbs) in Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor- Female

Susan Ballard (Mrs. Webb) in Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Direction

Doug Stauter for Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Set Design

Beth Aderhold for Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Sound Design

Stephen Lancaster for Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

James Duke for Our Town- CP Theatre

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Emily McCurdy for Our Town – CP Theatre

Special Exemplary Awards

William E. Rackley Award for Technical Excellence

Payton Dills

Theatre Person of the Year

Tom Hollis

Join us at the Gala Award ceremony on September 29th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Cast of Little Shop of Horrors

Mushnik…Jake Yara
Audrey…Anna Farish
Seymour…Matthew Howie
Orin…Victor Tran
Audrey II (Voice)…Iris DeWitt
Bernstein…Jeremy Burris
Mrs. Luce/Derelict… David Cruse
Female Ensemble …Taylor Goodwin, Katie Marcelino, Emily Roy, Rayna Allen, Miyone Heard, Kara Kucsma, Logan Cosper
Male Ensemble…Christopher McMillon, Spencer Elis, Tyler Hughes, Alex Mack,
Congratulations to all who were cast and thanks to all who came out to audition.
Little Shop opens October 25 and runs through November 3 in the Halton Theatre. Get your tickets at the SunTrust box office 704-330-6534 or online at tix.cpcc.edu. Season tickets now on sale. Single tickets on sale September 1st. Visit blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre for more details.

CP Theatre Cast of Shakespeare in Love

CP Theatre is happy to announce the cast of Shakespeare In Love
Will Shakespeare…………………………………………………………………..Jack Stanford
Kit Marlowe……………………………………………………………………………Blake Williams
Henslowe……………………………………………………………………….……..Larry Wu
Fennyman……………………………………………………………………………..Jeff Powell
Lambert/ Caitling/Boatman/Heavy 1/Queen’s Court/Guard 2 …..Anthony Carrosquillo
Frees/De Lesseps/ Wabash/Heavy 2/Queen’s Court…………………..Bruce Elliott
Burbage………………………………………………………………………………..Brian Holloway
Mistress Quickly/Molly/Queen’s Court………………………………………Emma Joles
Tilney……………………………………………………………………………………Jim Greenwood
Queen Elizabeth……………………………………………………………………..Pat Heiss
Peter/Valentine/Tybalt/Queen’s Court/Gregory/Servingman/Dancer…Daniel Brown
Viola De Lesseps………………………………………………………………………Morgan Wakefield
Nurse……………………………………………………………………………………..Ann Lambert
Ralph/Juliet’s Nurse/Queen’s Court/Petruchio/Dancer………………..…Anthony Pandolfo
Nol/Benvolio/Queen’s Court/Dancer/Proteus………………………………Griffin Digsby
Robin/Lady Capulet/Waiter……………………………………………………….Pryor Rhinehardt
Adam/Guard 1/Queen’s Court/Dancer/Abraham …………………………Elijah Cooke
John Webster…………………………………………………………………………Sebastian Hepp
Lord Wessex………………………………………………………………………Jonathan Stephens
Ned Allyn/Mercutio/Dancer/Queen’s Court/Will Kempe……………….Bryce McMurray
Condell/Sampson/Dancer/Queen’s Court/…………………………………Arthur Lightbody
Sam/Juliet…………………………………………………………………………….Cavan Meade
Kate/Queen’s Court/Dancer……………………………………………………..Hannah Snyder
Thanks to everyone who auditioned. The talent displayed made casting very difficult. We hope to see all of you again at future auditions.
Tom Hollis

Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors

CP Theatre Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors

CP Theatre will hold auditions for Little Shop of Horrors on August 26 & 27 at 7:00pm in the Tate Hall of the Overcash Performing Arts Center. You do not have to be a student in order to audition.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” the delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Synopsis: Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after the coworker he secretly loves. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world domination

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+. Age ranges listed are those of characters not necessarily those of the actor playing the role. All ethnicities are encouraged audition.

Roles

Seymour Krelborn – Male 25 -35 strong acting and singing; vocal range: A2-G4; an insecure, put-upon, florists’ clerk who becomes the hero of the story; above all, he is a sweet, genuine well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.

 

Audrey – Female 25 – 35 , strong acting/comedy and singing; vocal range: sensitive belt, G#3-D5; the bleached-blond secret love of Seymour’s life, also employed at the shop; she has a damaged sense of self-worth and no education; she is vulnerable to a fault; think Judy Holiday in “Born Yesterday,” with a dash of Marilyn Monroe and Goldie Hawn.

 

Mr Musnik – 45 -65, middle-aged, old enough to “adopt” Seymour as his son; strong character actor with some singing; vocal range: G2-G4; Seymour’s boss and father figure; he owns a failure of a run-down East Side florist shop; under a gruff and blustery exterior he cares about Audrey and Seymour; a good man at heart, but overcome by the temptations of wealth.

 

Orin Scrivello, Male 25 -40, strong character actor and singer; vocal range: G2-G4; Audrey’s handsome, dentist boyfriend, he is narcissistic, arrogant, and abusive to Audrey; in spite of all this, he is a charmer in a “bad boy” kind of way; must have a comic edge without going to caricature. This actor may also play other minor roles such as Radio Announcer, Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip, and Patrick Martin.

 

Voice of the Plant (Audrey II), 18+ , open age; strong character singer; vocal range: G2-G4, rock, rhythm and blues style; a sweet-talking, street-smart, rhythm and blues version of the devil; provided by an actor on an offstage microphone, lip-syncing to the movements of the puppets; his voice is a cross between Otis Redding, Barry White, and Wolfman Jack.

 

Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon, Females 18 -28, vocal range: three-part tight harmony, Ab3-F5; strong harmony singers with good movement skills to perform tight choreographed movement; seeking all ethnicities for these characters; these three female “street urchins” function as participants in the action (when they have dialogue) and a Greek chorus commenting and narrating the action (when they sing); they’re young, hip, smart, and the only people in the cast who really know what’s going on, with a “we know something you don’t” attitude.

 

Ensemble Males and Females 18+, there will be an ensemble of strong singers/actors to appear in two or three numbers in the show; they portray various people on the street, bums, and florist shop customers and other characters.

There may be a cast meeting on Thursday August 29th at 7:00pm.

Rehearsals will begin on September 8th at 2:00pm. Normal rehearsal schedule is Sunday afternoon from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Monday – Thursday evenings 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

For questions or information contact Tom Hollis by email tom.hollis@cpcc.edu or call 704-330-6835

 

 

 

 

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CP Theatre Auditions for Shakespeare in Love

 

CP Theatre Auditions for Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love is a play by Lee Hall adapted from the Tom Stoppard film of the same title that won the Oscar in 1998. Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.
Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.5 STARS! “Funny, often genuinely moving, and generates a glow you could warm your hands by….” – Daily Telegraph,

Auditions are August 12 & 13 at 7:00pm in the rehearsal hall Overcash 300. No preparation necessary. Cold readings from the script.

We are looking to cast approximately 22 performers ages 10 to 60+. Age ranges listed are those of characters not necessarily those of the actor playing the role. All ethnicities are encouraged audition. Many characters sing short pieces during the performance but this is not a musical.

Roles are available for 16 men 18 to 60+, 4 women 18 to 60+ and 1 boy 10 to 12 and 1 boy early teens. Many actors play multiple characters as well as roles in various Shakespearean plays.

Rehearsals will begin on August 15 with a cast meeting. Normal rehearsal pattern is Monday – Thursday evening 7:00pm to 9:30pm.  Performances run September 27 – October 6 in the Halton Theatre.

If you have any questions please contact Tom Hollis at 704-330-6835 or tom.hollis@cpcc.edu.

CPST 2019 Presents A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

July 19 – 27  Halton Theater

CPCC Summer Theatre brings the local premier of 2014 Tony Award  for Best Musical winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to the Halton stage this summer and the result will leave you dying with laughter. Gilbert & Sullivan on steroids doesn’t begin to do this show justice. You’ll howl with laughter as Monty Navarro murders his way to become the ninth Earl of Highhurst. He only has to bump off eight relatives in line ahead of him and juggle the love of two very different women to see his dreams come true.  With one actor playing all eight of Monty’s victims, who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways, A Gentleman’s Guide is a must-see for any theatre goer looking for a truly original and fresh new musical comedy that will leave them begging for more.

Get your tickets at the SunTrust Box Office 704-330-6534 or online at tix.cpcc.edu.

 

CPST Presents Double Header

Central Piedmont Summer Theatre 2019 presents two shows this week and next. Madagascar TYA and Beehive the 1960’s Musical Revue.

Madagascar- A Musical Adventure TYA

July 3 – 13

Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends in Madagascar- A Musical Adventure TYA.Top of FormBottom of Form Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the Halton stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.  Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite animal friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s hyper lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

Beehive: the 60’s Musical Revue

July 5 – 13

Beehive: the 60’s Musical Revue is the ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back”, “Be My Baby”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”, Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in that enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era.

Get your tickets at the door, by calling the SunTrust Box office at 704-330-6534 or online at tix.cpcc.edu.

Check out this amazing article about CP Summer Theatre 2019 in South Park Magazine.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Running The Show

CPCC’s Tom Hollis gathers key players to create a sizzling summer theater series.

by Vanessa Infanzon

Tom Hollis produces five shows in nine weeks each summer at Central Piedmont Community College. As program chair for drama and visual and performing arts, Hollis has been at it for 15 of his 36 years at the school. Some of his favorite shows have included Mama Mia, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, all performed in the college’s Pease Auditorium, which was recently torn down. Theatergoers can expect a new 400-seat auditorium in 2022, part of a new $113 million library and student-center complex.

Summer stock, as it’s commonly referred to, depends on what the department has on hand: Hollis and his crew reuse sets, costumes and props from previous shows. When possible, even actors are recycled for shows. This year, it will take 75 actors and technicians to produce Show Boat, Jekyll & Hyde, Madagascar —A Musical Adventure, Beehive: The ’60s Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in the 1,020-seat Dale F. Halton Theater on CPCC’s main campus.

Comments were lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

How do you choose the shows for the summer series?

It’s a collaborative process. Full-time staff, our adjuncts, professors, other directors, designers and costumers make suggestions. And then we sit down and start looking at what other theaters here in Charlotte have been doing in the last five years. We coordinate with the other theaters to make sure that we’re not all doing the same thing. Then we just kind of throw it all in the hopper and see what happens.

Which show might surprise guests this year?

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a very different musical — it’s an Edwardian farce put to music. It’s based on a [1949 British] movie called Kind Hearts and Coronets. The gimmick is that you have one actor who plays all the murder victims. He’s killed eight times. He’s always playing different members of the same family. The storyline is about a young man who is ninth in line to be an earl. By accident, the first person in his way dies, and it gives him the idea that if the others were dead, he could be earl. So, it becomes the story of him bumping off all these people.

Will there be many familiar faces?

All 100% this year are from Charlotte. We have quite a strong talent pool. We have a lot of young people, students here at the college and kids from the local community. We’ve got kids that have started with us at 7 or 8 years old, stay with us until they’re in college and then move on for their professional careers.

How do you know if you’ve done a good job?

I sit and listen to the audience to see if my prediction of how [they] would react at a given moment was correct. I learn a lot from the audiences’ reactions. Are they seeing what I wanted them to see? Are they focusing in on what we wanted them to understand at any one given moment?

Have you changed your teaching methods for a younger generation?

I try not to. I’m becoming the old guy. The craft that we’re practicing is 2,000 years old, and what an actor was doing on the Greek stage and what an actor is doing today still involves the same processes. While the technology has grown, and we’re using projections and lasers and fancy lights that move themselves and all the other stuff, when you get down to what the actor’s job is, it’s still the same. It’s a discipline that they have to learn.  SP

Central Piedmont Community College’s 2019 Summer Theatre season kicks off with Show Boat, which runs June 7-15 at the Halton Theater at CPCC’s downtown campus. Tickets start at $10. tix.cpcc.edu