CPCC Theatre Announces the Cast of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

                    Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

                                                                         By

August Wilson

                                                                        Cast 

 

 Sturdyvant…………………………………………………………………Tom Scott

 Irvin………………………………………………………………………… Hank West

 Cutler…………………………………………………………………Tyrone Jefferson

 Toledo………………………………………………………………… Gagan Hunter

Slow Drag………………………………………………………………Willie Strafford

  Levee…………………………………………………………………Jonavan Adams

   Ma Rainey…………………………………………………………………Shar Marlin

   Policeman…………………………………………………………………Tim Huffman

Dussie Mae…………………………………………………………Carol J. McKenith

  Sylvester…………………………………………………………………Danius Jones

Understudy Daquane Cherry

 

Get your tickets to Ma Raney’s Black Bottom at the SunTrust Box Office 704-330-6534 or online at tix.cpcc.edu

Creative Loafing Previews CPCC Theatre’s Ragtime

Follow the link to Charlotte’s Creative Loafing’s preview of CPCC Theatre’s Ragtime opening Friday February 10th in the Dale F. Halton Theater. http://clclt.com/charlotte/us-reset-brings-new-relevance-to-el-doctorows-ragtime/Content?oid=3824984

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

CPCC Theatre Opens Ragtime February 10th

CPCC Theatre presents Ragtime the Musical February 10th – 19th in the Halton Theatre.

RAGTIME is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. With a score that is as diverse as the melting pot of America, RAGTIME – draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the European immigrants, • borrows from Vaudevillian styles to capture the spectacle of Anglo-American upper-middle-class society, and utilizes Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit and rhythms of African-American, working class Harlem.

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

 

Meet the Cast of CPCC Theatre’s Ragtime

 TBD Little Boy
Patrick Ratchford Father
Lucia Stetson Mother
Andy Faulkenberry Younger Brother
Brian Holloway Grandfather/Ensemble
Tyler Smith Coalhouse
Brittney Currie Sarah
Billy Ensley Tateh
Annabelle Lamm Little Girl
Keith Logan Booker T/ H-Ensemble
Ted Eldred Houdini/I-Ensemble
Meagan Postle Emma/I-Ensemble
J. Michael Beech Ford/NR-Ensemble
Lexie Wolf Evelyn/NR-Ensemble
John DeMicco Morgan/NR-Ensemble
Iris DeWitt Sarah’s Friend/H-Ensemble
Josh Logsdon Willie Conklin/NR-Ensemble
John West White/Whitman/NR-Ensemble
Kelly Trnian Brigit/I or NR-Ensemble
Trish Folsom Kathleen/I or NR-Ensemble
Rick Hammond Thaw/NR-Ensemble
Traven Harrington Henson/H-Ensemble
Taryn Helms Female Ensemble
Carol Weiner Female Ensemble
Amelia Curry Female Ensemble
Kara Price Female Ensemble
Abigail Aukerman Female Ensemble
Emma Moriarty Female Ensemble
Hanna Risser Female Ensemble
Yessinia Whitfield Female Ensemble
Kayla Ferguson Female Ensemble
Omdade Wey Female Ensemble
Marsha Gardener Female Ensemble
Quintavias King Male Ensemble
Paul Brintley Male Ensemble
Tatum Terry Male Ensemble
Patrick Stepp Male Ensemble
Johnny Hohenstein Male Ensemble
Matthew Cristante Male Ensemble
Jonathan DeJesus Male Ensemble
Joel King Male Ensemble
 TBD Coalhouse III

 

We would like to say thanks to everyone who auditioned for Ragtime. The talent displayed at the audition made casting very difficult. We invite everyone who auditioned to come back soon to audition again.

 

CPCC Theatre Announces Ragtime Auditions Dec. 5th & 6th

Auditions for Ragtime December 5 or 6 7:00pm in the Overcash Rehearsal Hall Rm 300

RAGTIME is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. With a score that is as diverse as the melting pot of America, RAGTIME – draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the European immigrants, • borrows from Vaudevillian styles to capture the spectacle of Anglo-American upper-middle-class society, and utilizes Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit and rhythms of African-American, working class Harlem.

Cast breakdown: a Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of about 30+ adults/older teens, and 3 children, including all ages, genders, and races. The entire ensemble sings. (Non-singing actors may be considered for non-singing featured roles). African-American Ensemble members must dance.

LEAD AND FEATURED ROLES (ages listed are based on history and/or author recommendations, and should not be taken literally)

Coalhouse Walker, Jr: African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

Sarah: African-American female. Late teens-early 20’s (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high F# on staff)

Mother: Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic

Father: Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious; resistant to change

Mother’s Younger Brother: Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung

Young Boy: Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious

Tateh: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative

Emma Goldman (historical): Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent. (alto, range: low G# to Db on staff)

Harry Houdini (historical): Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body-builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

Evelyn Nesbit (historical): Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian “girl on the swing”. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range: middle C to Db on staff) intense dance.

Young Girl (Tateh’s daughter): Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 6-10 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on the staff) quiet and shy.

Sarah’s Friend: African-American female. Late teens – 30. (Gospel lyric-soprano or alto range: low G to stratosphere scat top note)

Grandfather (Mother’s father): Anglo-American male. 55+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone) gruff & outspoken.

Booker T. Washington (Historical): African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

Henry Ford (Historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

JP Morgan (Historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some “speak sung” lyrics, baritone)

Little Coalhouse: Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)

SUPPORTING/ENSEMBLE ROLES:

RAGTIME offers members of the three ensembles multiple opportunities to play a number of smaller parts with lines. Supporting roles to be cast during rehearsals include: Admiral Peary, Willie Conklin, Judge, train conductor, people of New Rochelle/Harlem/Union Square, Jewish immigrants, factory workers, demonstrators, newsboys, reporters, bureaucrats, Coalhouse’s Men, and numerous other ensemble roles.

Age ranges are performance ages not necessarily the age of the performer. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Bring 16 bars of music to perform. An accompanist will be provided. Be dressed to move.

Performances are February 10th to the 19th. Rehearsal will begin on Monday January 2nd. Our normal rehearsal process is Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm and Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm. You do not have to be a current CPCC Student to audition.

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

Creative Loafing Review of CPCC Theatre’s Pride & Prejudice

“Jon Jory is best known as the artistic director who brought renown to the Humana Festival and the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville — and widely believed to have penned Keely and Du, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, and Anton in Show Business under the penname of Jane Martin. When it comes to adapting Jane Austen, whose Pride and Prejudice is currently on view at Pease Auditorium in a CPCC Theatre production, Jory is no dilettante. He has also adapted Sense and Sensibility and Emma.

Even if all the subtleties aren’t always pointed under Heather Wilson-Bowlby’s poised direction, it becomes obvious that Jory’s adaptation preserves the style and thrust of Austen’s liveliest masterwork. Most of the credit goes to Moriah Thomason as Austen’s prejudging heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, though it’s hard to deny she is amply counterbalanced by the hauteur of Brian Logsdon as Fitzwilliam Darcy. Thomason unveiled her elegance in the ATC production of Stick Fly back in February. Here she adds vivacity and wit, so I couldn’t get enough of her.

We see where Elizabeth gets her wit from in Tony Wright’s slightly jaundiced portrait of her father, and Anne Lambert’s rendition of Mrs. Bennet has more than enough vanity, giddiness, and silliness to distribute among the younger Bennet sibs. My chief disappointment was the hoarseness that afflicted Lexie Simerly as Liz’s elder sister Jane. If only she could have borrowed some extra decibels from Iris DeWitt, whose towering presence made the imperious Lady Catherine De Bourgh a perfect victim of Elizabeth’s punctiliously polite sass.”

by Perry Tannenbaum Creative Loafing November 02,2016

CPCC Theatre Opens Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice October 28th

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Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen

October           28        7:30

29        7:30

30        2:30

Nov.                 3          7:30

4          7:30

5          7:30

6          2:30

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

P & P will be presented in Pease Auditorium.

Tickets are  $18.00 for individuals. $5.00 for students with valid ID. Get your tickets at the door, at the SunTrust Box office at 704-3306534 or online at CPCCTix.

CPCC Theatre Announces the Cast of 1776

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the cast of our production of 1776 the Musical Play.

John Adams (Massachusetts) ………………..Eric Johnston

Abigail Adams ………………………………………..Megan Postle

Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania)……………James K Flynn

Richard Henry Lee (Virginia)………………….Alan Morgan

Andrew McNair…………………………………….. Jeff Powell

Dr. Lyman Hall (Georgia)………………………..David Cruse

Stephen Hopkins (Rhode Island)…………….Brian Holloway

Edward Rutledge (South Carolina)…………Josh Logsdon

Col. Thomas McKean (Delaware)……………Roger Watson

Caesar Rodney (Delaware)………………………Rick Taylor

John Dickinson (Pennsylvania)………………..Tom Russell

James Wilson (Pennsylvania)…………………..Ryan Wood

John Hancock …………………………………………Steven Forester

Charles Thomson ……………………………………Jordan Mickle

Thomas Jefferson (Virginia)……………………..George DeMott

Dr. Josiah Bartlett (New Hampshire)…………

George Read (Delaware)…………………………Leo Merrick

Roger Sherman (Connecticut)……………….. Dennis Kekones

Lewis Morris (New York)…………………………Scott Reynolds

Samuel Chase (Maryland)……………………….Dwayne Mason

Joseph Hewes (North Carolina)……………..Tom Wallace

Rev. John Witherspoon (New Jersey)…………Tim Huffman

Robert Livingston (New York)………………….Larry Wu

Martha Jefferson …………………………………….Emily Witte

The Courier ……………………………………………Trey Thompson

Leather Apron ………………………………………..Caleb MacKnabb

1776 opens September 23 and runs though October 2 in Pease Auditorium. Get your tickets online at CPCCTix or call the SunTrust Box office at 704-330-6534. Season tickets on sale through Oct. 2nd. Single Tickets on sale September 1 for all shows.

CPCC Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season of Plays and Musicals

CPCC Theatre Announces 2016/17 Season of Plays and Musicals

 

Join CPCC Theatre for another exciting season of the best in theatre at a price the entire family can afford.

 

“1776: The Musical,” September 23 – October 2, Pease Auditorium

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence, if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Join us for this funny, insightful and compelling drama, which features a striking score and legendary book.

 

“Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” October 28 – November 6, Pease Auditorium

Watch as all the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel comes to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense. But the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice to make the best match of all?

 

“Ragtime: The Musical,” February 10 – 19, Dale F. Halton Theater

The Tony Award winning musical “Ragtime” presents a sweeping portrait of early 20th century America, telling the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing, and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American individuals – a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – are woven together to show how they are united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctrow.

 

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” March 31 – April 9, Pease Auditorium

It’s 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago. Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is recording new sides of old favorites. During a tense recording session in Chicago’s South Side, August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” exposes the exploitation of African-American musicians in the white-dominated commercial music industry. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” the winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play, depicts the psychological consequences of African-American musicians’ struggles for economic an artistic self-determination in the face of racism and a shifting marketplace.

 

Season tickets are now on sale to all performances. Season tickets are $56 for adults and $52 for seniors (restrictions apply). Individual tickets will go on sale September 1. Tickets are $20 for musicals in Pease and $18 for non-musicals. $18/20 in Halton. College and high school students who present a valid student I.D. may purchase a $5 ticket. For more information, ticket prices or to reserve your seat(s), please call CPCC’s SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu.

 

For information on auditioning for a CPCC Theatre production go to http://blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre/auditions/cpcc-theatre-auditions/