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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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CPCC State of the Arts January 2019

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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 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 February 2018

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