CPCC Theatre Receives Three Nods from Creative Loafing’s Best of Charlotte Awards-Critics Picks

Creative Loafing announced their Best of Charlotte awards in the issue hitting newsstands today. Congrats to all involved in garnering these awards from Creative Loafing this year. The hard work of the students, faculty and staff is evident in all that they do. Onward and upward!

 

Best Musical – ‘Ragtime’

Folks who confine their diet of musicals in Charlotte to touring productions at the Performing Arts Center are missing out big time on the locally produced blockbusters playing out at smaller venues around town. Actor’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre and Theatre Charlotte all astonished with excellent productions this year. Maybe it was sheer luck, but Central Piedmont Community College’s wintertime production of Ragtime was the most timely of the year, underscoring the sad fact that institutional racism, police brutality and prejudice against immigrants aren’t quaint relics of the Jazz Age. As the martyred Coalhouse Walker, Tyler Smith’s impassioned “We are all Coalhouse!” reverberated through a city in turmoil.

 Best Drama – ‘Jitney’

As Charlotte was fully wakening to how badly we have neglected and mistreatedour underclass, theatergoers may finally have been zonked by the realization that our city is exceptionally rife with African-American acting and directing talent. Kim Parati made an auspicious directorial debut at Theatre Charlotte with a freshened-up Raisin in the Sun, but this was a vintage year for August Wilson — in two dramas directed by Corlis Hayes, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at CPCC and Brand New Sheriff’s Jitney at Spirit Square. Hayes brought out the best in John W. Price and Jermaine Gamble as the father-son antagonists in Jitney, with Gerard Hazelton adding a mix of comedy and poignancy as the gypsy cab company’s resident lush. Move over OnQ Productions, there’s a brand new black theater company in town.

Best Actress – Shar Marlin

The field of contenders is larger among the ladies, but the roles were more thinly distributed, eliminating productivity as a decisive criterion. But which other benchmark should override all others? We’re turning to Shar Marlin for her sheer power and imperial dominance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a dramatic stunner that also showed Marlin’s blues-singing chops. Dignity in the face of exploitation and discrimination. Diva!

Here is the link to all of the awards announced. https://clclt.com/charlotte/BestOf?category=2168599&year=2017

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 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/