Audience plays role in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’

CONCORD – Children can go onstage in the audience participation play, “The Wizard of Oz,” presented by Activate Community Through Theatre.

During the play, actors will ask audience members ages 3-12 to be munchkins, talking trees and flying monkeys. Children can also participate from their seats, barking for Toto or donning green spectacles when Dorothy enters Oz. Flash photography is actually permitted at this production, allowing parents to take photos of their children onstage.

For audience members who arrive 30 minutes early, the cast of youth ages 10-16 will lead activities such as “how to do a munchkin dance,” “pin the tail on a lion” and “fly like a monkey.”

“I love audience participation plays because you get to make this amazing world and play these amazing characters, and then you ask the children to help you, and see them smile, and you know how happy you’ve made them,” said Kathryn Maddrey, 14, who plays the Wicked Witch.

Performances are Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at Woodlawn School, 193 Presbyterian Road.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Details:  704-707-6757 or


Absurd robots come to Davidson College for art show?

DAVIDSON – One person’s cast-off electronic bits is another person’s robot, which the public will find in the “Parodic Machines” exhibit at Davidson College’s Belk Visual Arts Center.

One piece consists of five robotic arms mounted on a wall that employ sensors and circuit boards directing the arms to point at people who approach and continue to follow the viewers until they smile. Another piece responds only to the Coca-Cola label.

The opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, with a 7:45 p.m. performance by curator Paula Gaetano-Adi of a kinetic piece of art she created called  “Desiring Machine II.” It involves her sitting in a tall frame and taking coal powder out of saddlebags worn by the artist and filling small wooden boxes on a moving conveyor belt.

“Parodic Machines” remains on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends from Oct. 24 to Dec. 13 at the center, 315 N. Main St.


Play on schoolhouse shooting blends faith, forgiveness

CORNELIUS – The Warehouse Performing Arts Center presents “The Amish Project,” a play that begins with an unbelievably dark and cruel event and ends with a celebration of faith and love.

The play is based on a real event in 2006 when an armed man entered a small Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania. He released all the boys and shot all the girls.  

The Amish community – even the victims’ families – asked for prayer and compassion for the killer and his family.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 3, as well as 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors/students/groups. 

Details: 704 619-0429 or


Author in town for book-signing

HUNTERSVILLE – Keith Larson, author of “That Season of Hope,” a true story about the Carolina Panthers and a young girl dying of cancer, will sign copies of the book at Barnes & Noble, 8725 Townley Road.

The book-signing takes place from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 25.

Author proceeds from the book will be split between Make-A-Wish, The Carolina Panthers' "Keep Pounding" cancer foundation, and the March Forth With Hope Foundation.

Published Oct. 1, “That Season of Hope” is, according to the publisher, the love story of a city, football team, dying girl and her last wish.

Details: 877-727-0697 or

‘Power on Parade’ at Rural Hill

HUNTERSVILLE – Antique tractors, hit and miss engines, steam engines and a kiddie tractor pull will be on display at the Stumptown Tractor Club’s “Power on Parade” antique tractor show Oct. 19 and 20 at Historic Rural Hill.

Parking costs $5 per vehicle and includes a $5 coupon for use at a Rural Hill fall event. Admission to the tractor show is free, but concessions will be available.

Visitors can also take a hayride around the farm for $3, play corn-hole, picnic, and hike the 265 acres. Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation of Rural Hill and its educational programs.

Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road.



Local artist displays paintings in exhibit

CORNELIUS – The work of local artist Annada Hypes is now on display at the Cornelius Arts Center.

The exhibit, “Fortress,” features paintings where animals take on new forms and interact with words while friends and family hold objects of great significance.

The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 31. It is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday at the center, 19725 Oak St.