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

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.

 

CPCC Summer 2017 Theatre Announces Kids Auditions

CPCC Summer Theatre will hold auditions for performers 13 and under on February 20 & 21 at 7:00pm in the lobby of the Halton Theater. Roles are available in Fiddler on the Roof and James and the Giant Peach TYV.

 

Fiddler on the Roof

June 2 -10

Directed by Tom Hollis

Music Direction by Drina Keen

Choreography by Ron Chisholm

 

 

James and the Giant Peach TYV

June 28 – July 8

Directed by Tom Hollis

Music Direction by Jean Colgan Phillips

Choreography by Ron Chisholm

 

No appointment is needed.

 

Roles are available in both shows. Prepare a song. Preferably no more than 16 to 32 bars. Be prepared to dance. An accompanist will be provided. No tapes or CD accompaniment allowed. Bring sheet music in the correct key.

 

Fiddler on the Roof will start rehearsal on April 17th in the evenings Sunday – Thursday until opening. James and the Giant Peach TYV rehearses daytimes 9:30a to 4:30p Monday – Saturday starting June 12th until opening.

 

We are looking for actors to appear in either or both shows. You must be available for day time rehearsal to work in James and the Giant Peach TYV. Fiddler on the Roof rehearses on Sunday afternoons and Monday – Thursday evenings.

 

 

For more information contact Tom Hollis at the number below or by email at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu.

 

CPCC Summer Theatre is a non-Equity summer stock company presenting a season of musicals and non-musicals to the Metrolina area. 2017 will mark the 44th anniversary of the company. Visit our website at http://blogs.cpcc.edu/theatre/ for more info about the program.

 

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​​​​​Tom Hollis

Artistic Director

CPCC Summer Theatre

P.O. Box 35009

Charlotte NC 28235

704-330-6835

 

www.cpcc.edu

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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 Announces Cast of Pride & Prejudice

CPCC Theatre is happy to announce the cast of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice by Jon Jory.

 

Mr. Bennet……………………………………………….Tony Wright

Mrs. Bennet……………………………………………..Anne Lambert

Elizabeth Bennet……………………………………..Moriah Thomason

Jane Bennet……………………………………………..Lexie Simerly

Mary Bennet………………………………………….. Nikki Stepanek

Kitty Bennet…………………………………………….Abigail Aukerman

Lydia Bennet……………………………………………Amanda Becker

Mr. Darcy…………………………………………………Brian Logsdon

Georgiana/Ball Guest………………………………Faith Benton

Mr. Bingley………………………………………………Tyson Hamilton

Mr. Wickham…………………………………………..Jake Whaley

Colonel Fitzwilliam/ Mr. Collins………………Michael Horn

Charlotte/Housekeeper…………………………..Kathleen Mackenzie

Sir William Lucas/ /Mr. Gardiner…………….Douglas Stauter

Miss Bingley/Mrs. Gardiner…………………….Christy Hinklman

Lady Catherine De Bourgh/Ball Guest……..Iris Dewitt

Ball Guest/Officer/Man Servant……………….Daquane Cherry

 

Pride & Prejudice runs October 28 – Nov. 6 in Pease Auditorium. Tickets are available at the SunTrust box office 704-330-6534 or online 24/7 at CPCC Tix. Season Tickets on sale through October 2nd.