Local playwright withdraws from New York festival

CORNELIUS – Local playwright Doug Johnston has chosen to withdraw his play “Sweet Dreams” from the NY Thespis Festival. Local auditions scheduled at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center have been canceled for “Sweet Dreams,” until further notice.

“Sweet Dreams” was scheduled to perform in September.

It was one of 22 plays chosen out of 240 submitted for the festival.

“We will produce the show locally in the future, but when we have more than 45-60 days to put the project together,” Johnson said.

Dates have not been chosen for a local production.

All sponsors who have helped the production process so far will be contacted and will continue to help work with “Sweet Dreams” in the future, Johnston said.

“I needed to raise $1,200 for costumes, $500 for sets and props, and find some transportation, plus get 16 actors to pay their way to New York,” Johnston said. “But I could not get a dime of cash raised locally to buy the costumes. We know that locally we can be successful.”

The production of the New York show was an ongoing process for Johnston, who was trying to raise $3,500 in T-shirt sales and ad programs to help offset costs.

“I was notified of our acceptance on June 7, and we had to have everything up, cast, blocked, rehearsed, costumed, housed, and shipped by Sept. 18,” Johnston said. “Just not enough time, when you consider most seasons are set 18 months ahead of time.”

Johnston has written two plays. He is a retired technical writer for banks.

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Culinary Carrie holds international cooking workshops at The Kitch

CORNELIUS – Chef Carrie will teach participants to prepare internationally inspired dishes in an interactive four-hour session from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Kitch, 8305 Magnolia Estates Drive, Cornelius.

Chef Carrie’s workshops are meant to combine food production and informative lectures into a fun, hands-on event. Tickets cost $125, and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.

Phil Hogan comes to The Comedy Zone

CORNELIUS – North Carolina native and professional comedian Phil Hogan performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Lake Norman Comedy Zone, 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius.

Hogan is a 30-year veteran in the entertainment business. Buy tickets for $10 online at www.lkncomedyzone.com. The show is for adults 21 and older.

‘The Fantasticks’ reunited at the Warehouse PAC

CORNELIUS – A group of Cannon School students and alumni are bringing back the musical “The Fantasticks” after its successful production in 2009.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.

Former Cannon School students Austin Larkin, Jacob Dailey, Kate Sherrill, Emily Daily, Madeline Hurley and the rest of the original cast are returning home from various schools and colleges for the four-show reunion.

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $10 for seniors, students and groups. Details: 704-619-0429 or www.ware

Cornelius Arts Center offers

activities to engage young brains

The Cornelius Arts Center invites families and artists to energize their brains with creative activities from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday at the Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius.

The center will provide projects for a variety of age groups and skill levels. No registration is required.

Details: www.thecommunityartsproject.org or 704-896-8823.

Food truck rally comes to Rural Hill

HUNTERSVILLE – Rural Hill will host a Food Truck Rally from 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 27 at Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

Spectators will be able to check out food found in local food trucks. The rally also features live music, cornhole, local merchants, children’s activities and living history experiences.

Complete event information: www.ruralhill.net or 704-875-3113.

– Compiled by Alyssa Lang