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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

Central Piedmont State of the Arts May 2019

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CPCC State of the Arts April 2019

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Central Piedmont Summer Theatre Announces Casts for 2019

Show Boat

Tom Ollis Captain Andy
Lucianne Hamilton Ellie May
Craig Allen Frank Schutz
Paula Baldwin Parthy Ann Hawks
Lindsey Schroeder Julie LaVerne
Brittney Harrington Queenie
Ashton Guthrie Gaylord Ravenal
Sarah Henkel Magnolia Hawks
Byron Barr Joe
Molly Barberry Kim (child)
Adrian Thornbury Ensemble Male/Steve Baker/Drunk
Ensemble Male/Pete Gavin/Jeb
Brian Holloway Ensemble Male/Sheriff/
Ensemble Male/Jake
Caleb Moody Ensemble Male/Charlie/Backwoodsman
Spenser Ellis Ensemble Male/Windy/Jim Greene
Ensemble Male/Willy/ Backwoodsman
Marissa Berger Ensemble Female/Town girl#1/Governess/Lottie
Robin Dunavant Ensemble Female/Town Girl#2/Nun#1/Dottie
Karley Kornegay Ensemble Female/Town Girl#3/Nun#2/Kim
Jerilyn McDonald Ensemble Female/Mrs O’Brien/Mother Superior/Old Lady
Rene Welsh Noel Ensemble Female
Lauren Russell Ensemble Female
Elijah Koch Stevedore
William Osborn Stevedore
Cameron Drayton Stevedore
Herbert White Stevedore

 

Jekyll & Hyde

Byron Barr Utterson
Jerry Colbert Danvers Carew
Tommy Foster Jekyll/Hyde
Ashton Guthrie Simon Stride/Ensemble
Brittney Harrington Lady Beaconsfield/Guinevere/Ensemble
Adrian Thornburg Lord Savage/Ensemble
Craig Allen General Glossop/Ensemble
William Osborn A. Poops/Ensemble
Karley Kornegay Emma Carew
Robin Dunavant Lucy Harris
Caleb Moody Basingstoke/Spider
Spenser Ellis Ensemble Male
Tyson Hamilton Bisset/Minister/Ensemble
Marissa Berger Nellie/Ensemble
Ava Smith Ensemble Female
Matt Windsor Ensemble Male
Jekyll’s Father/Poole/Ensemble
Lelia Wu Female Ensemble
Rene Welsh Noel Female Ensemble
Herbert White Male Ensemble

 

Beehive

Iris DeWitt Wanda
Ava Smith Pattie
Grace Bell Alison
Caryn Crye Laura
Janeta Jackson Jasmine
Brittney Harrington Gina

 

Madagascar TYA

Ashton Guthrie Marty
Karley Kornegay Alex
Robin Dunavant Gloria
Noemi Rabinowitz Melman
Eli Fischer Skipper
Aidan Blumsack Kowalski/Penguin
Private/
Hannah Puryear Rico/Penguin
Henry Thomas Maurice/Camera man
Elijah Koch King Julien/Police Officer
Pheriby Bryan ZeldaServant #1/Foosa
Atticus Ware Mason/Server#3/Foosa
Miley Rogers Zeke/Captain/Foosa Leader
Gabriella Gonzalez Mort/Old Woman
Jillian Zulueta Lynn Lemur/Animal Control
Noah Wardy Candy/Lars Lemur

 

Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Ashton Guthrie Monty Navarro
Robin Dunavant Sibella Hallward
Karley Kornegay Phoebe D’Ysquith
Kevin Roberge D’Ysquith Family
Woman #1/Miss Shingle/Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner’s Wife; Mrs. Pebworth; Phoebe’s Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl
Allison Rhinehardt
Woman#2/Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Mrs. Hetherington; 4th Newsboy; Tailor; Lady Eugenia D’Qsquith; Flower Girl
Sarah Hinkle
Woman#3/Mourner; Sibella’s Maid; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Miss Evangeline Barley; Bridesmaid; Miss Hayes; Tailor; Hilda (Servant); Flower Girl
Lucianne Hamilton
Man #1/Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 2nd Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Tom Copley; Dr. Brownlee; 1st Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 3rd Actor; Ancestral Bust; Walter (Servant); Dr. Pettibone (Medical Examiner); Prison Guard
Tommy Foster
Man #2Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 1st Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Owner; Mr. Cross; 2nd Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 1st Actor; Lord Asquith’s Physician; Ancestral Bust; Mr. Waters (Servant); Chief Inspector Pinckney
Beau Stroup
Man #3/Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Patron; Henry’s Employee; Mr. Goodsall; 2nd Actor; Alfred Gorby (Butler); Lord High Steward (voiceover); Magistrate
Craig Estep

Thanks to all who auditioned this year. Summer Theatre season tickets go on sale April 1st. Single tickets May 1st. Get your tickets by calling the SunTrust box office 704-330-6534 or online 24/7 at tix.cpcc.edu.

Meet the Cast of CPCC Theatre’s Our Town

Our Town Cast

Stage Manager…Jim Esposito

George Gibbs…Marcus Looney

Emily Webb…Katy Schultz

Dr. Gibbs…Ryan Dunn

Mrs. Gibbs…Cadie Pittman

Mr. Webb…Bruce Elliott

Mrs. Webb…Susan Ballard

Rebecca Gibbs…Emma Joles

Simon Stimson…Jonathan Stephens

Constable Warren…Brennan Sawyer

Joe Stoddard…Rick Taylor

Professor Willard…Jeff Powell

Mrs. Soames…Deborah Rivers

Joe…Sebastian Hepp

Samantha Craig…Shannon Wright

Howie Newsome…Elijah Cooke

Wally…Edgar Gonzalez

Ball Player…Cooper Schroeder

 

Thanks to everyone who auditioned. We hope to see you again at future auditions.

Our Town opens April 5th and runs to the 14th. Get your tickets online at tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust box office 704-330-6534

CPCC State of the Arts January 2019

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CPCC Theatre Announces Cast of Gypsy

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the cast of Gypsy.

Rose…Lisa Smith Bradley

Herbie…J. Michael Beech

Baby June…Anna Haller

Baby Louise…Gracie Bryant

Dainty June…Bailey Matthews

Young Louise…Emily Witte

Tulsa… Ashton Guthrie

Agnes…Kara Price

Tessie Tura/Cratchitt…Caryn Crye

Electra…Iris DeWitt

Mazeppa…Shar Marlin

Newsboy…Atticus Ware

Newsboy…Noah Wardy

Newsboy…Aidan Blumsack

Newsboy…Riley Smith

Newboy…Donovan Abehaus

Farmboy/LA…Dash Pledger-Levine

Farmboy/Yonkers…Nick Zuluaga

Farmboy/Angie…Marquell Glover

Farmboy/Little Rock…

Hollywood Blonde/Marjorie Mae…Maria Jose Hustado

Hollywood Blonde/Dolores…Noemi Rabinowitz

Hollywood Blonde/Thelma…Marissa Berger

Hollywood Blonde/Gail—Emily Roy

Uncle Jocko/Goldstone/Phil/Stagehand…Charles Holmes

Georgie/Webber/Pastey…Nick Southwick

Pop/Cigar/Photographer…Don McManus

Thanks to everyone who auditioned. We hope to see you at future auditions.

State of the Arts December 2018

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November 2018 State of the Arts

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Broadway World Review of Music of the Night at CPCC Theatre

https://www.broadwayworld.com/charlotte/article/BWW-Review-Like-Panoramic-Pease-MUSIC-OF-THE-NIGHT-Was-Fun-While-It-Lasted-20181102?fbclid=IwAR3_EV3xe2UnKfyalKVLtSYUhi6UB5kznsxloMefVADdEXd5VR4mwgtCRa4

One final performance Sunday 11/4 at 2:30pm in Pease Auditorium. Check online at tix.cpcc.edu for tickets.