Davidson Day School opens ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

DAVIDSON – Something creepy is happening at Davidson Day School on Nov. 7 and 9.

Students in grades 5-12 will rock the house of the school’s new 220-seat theater with their performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, the story follows a skid row floral assistant (junior Scott Andrzejewski) who discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. The plant (voiced by jazz musician and school music director Noel Freidline) grows into an R&B-singing carnivore who finally reveals himself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.

A half-hour before the show, the hallway outside the theater will transform into a “skid row.” Some attractions include Mushnik and Son Skid Row Florists, where audience members can buy flowers for actors; Soup Kitchen, Sweets and Drinks with soup, chili and baked goods; and a post office where audience members can leave a message for cast members and musicians basking on the “street” corner.

Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Gordon Theatre, 750 Jetton St. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children and $7 for Davidson Day faculty and staff.


Legal scholar presents ‘terrible truth’ at Davidson College

DAVIDSON – Brian Leiter, from the University of Chicago, will speak at Davidson College on Nov. 5 as part of the annual Hansford M. Epes Distinguished Lecture.

Leiter will discuss “The Truth is Terrible: Nietzsche’s Idea of an Aesthetic Justification for Existence.” Leiter teaches and writes primarily in the areas of moral, political and legal philosophy. He is the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of Law, Philosophy and Human Values.

“Not only is Dr. Leiter one of the most prominent philosophers and legal scholars in the country, but he’s also an engaging speaker whose talk should appeal to a broad audience,” said Burkhard Henke, chairman of the college’s humanities program.

The free lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room.


North Meck Debate team finishes 10th

HUNTERSVILLE – The North Meck Debate and Speech team argued its way to sixth place out of 28 schools at a recent tournament.

Two students placed third during their first-ever competition. Freshmen Halynna Snyder and Vaneesha (the “Power”) Raj took third place in novice Public Forum Debate on Oct. 19 at the Bob Jones Academy tournament in Greenville, S.C.

Special mentions:

• James Haberberger, junior, placed second in Student Congress;

• Kavasia (KC) Heath, junior, placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking;

• Kennedy Parkins, sophomore, placed fourth in Oratorical Declamation; and

• Nick Macri, junior, and Erik (the “Mighty”) Thorsheim, sophomore, took third in varsity Public Forum Debate.

The team plans to attend tournaments over the next three weekends in both Carolinas.


Charter school holds lottery meeting

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter’s lottery opens next month, and the school will hold a meeting explaining the application process and giving tours to parents.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the high school multi-purpose room, 12701 Old Statesville Road.

Tours run Thursdays, Nov. 1-Jan. 31. Middle school tours begin at 8:15 a.m. High school tours follow at 9:30 a.m. Advanced registration is required. To schedule a tour, call 704-948-8600 and press 1 for the middle school or 2 for the high school.

Online applications for the 2014-15 school year will be available Nov. 1. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31 for the Feb. 13 lottery.

Lake Norman Charter is a public charter school for students in grades 5-12. As a public school, students do not pay to attend and enrollment is open to all North Carolina students.

Details: www.lncharter.org


Thunderbird meetings open to parents

HUNTERSVILLE – Information meetings for parents of prospective Thunderbird Preparatory Academy students will take place Nov. 12 and 21.

The new charter school announced its location for fall 2014 at 17609 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius, the former site of Phoenix Montessori. The school will initially serve grades kindergarten through fourth and add a grade each year.

The location will serve as the site for the school for two years during construction of the permanent campus, the location of which has yet to be announced.

The school will provide learning and leadership opportunities for students applying principles and tools identified and taught by the Gallup Organization and Covey Leadership. As a public charter school, students will not pay tuition. 

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Huntersville Professional Building, 11330 Vanstory Drive.

Details: www.thunderbirdprep.org


Students make Samford dean’s list

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Huntersville residents Brittany Bisese and William Cavanaugh made the dean’s list at Samford University during the spring semester.  

Student must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of course work.

Bisese was a sophomore interior design major. Cavanaugh was a junior pre-business major in the spring semester.