Davidson Community Players holds auditions for ‘Flyin’ West’

DAVIDSON Davidson Community Players will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of “Flyin’ West” by Pearl Cleage.

The play is about the bond of three sisters and their elderly neighbor who face trials and tribulations in the mid-West as homesteaders. This play takes place in the 1890s in Nicodemus, Kan., offering a glimpse into American history and the diversity of Western pioneers.

The production will run Feb. 20-March 9. Auditions for actors and actresses will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 at the Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Participants should bring a resume or list of theater experience, a recent photo and a list of conflicts.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-January. No prior acting experience is required. 

Principle roles include:

• Sophie Washington – a black woman, born into slavery, mid-30s, strong and independent.

• Miss Leah – a black woman born into slavery, late 60s-early 70s, holds this family together reminding them of how much better their life is now (this role is already cast).

• Fannie Dove – a black woman, early 30s, has her eyes on her neighbor, Wil Parish.

• Wil Parish – a black man, born into slavery, quiet and supportive.

• Minnie Dove Charles – a black woman, early 20s, married Frank Charles and has returned home.

• Frank Charles – a mixed race man, born into slavery, mid-30s, husband of Minnie, angry and abusive.

Age ranges are guidelines but all who are interested are encouraged to audition. Copies of the script are available in the Davidson Community Players office.

Details: Matt Merrell, executive director, matt@davidsoncommunityplayers.org or 704 892-7953.


New Year's Day First Footin' Free Community Event 

HUNTERSVILLE – Rural Hill invites the community to its free, traditional New Year's Day event, First Footin', to be held Jan. 1. 

The event begins at 11 a.m. with the First Footin' walk around the farm, then a gathering for a common meal and the telling of the parable, "Stone Soup,” and a time of fellowship.

The free event is open to all ages. Participants are asked only to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Rural Hill's First Footin' is an annual walk/hike and celebration of Hogmanay, or Scottish New Year. Pronounced "Hog-muh-nay,” the Scottish New Year is a celebration of good will and good fortune and includes the old ritual of a walking the town limits to restate or reclaim the boundaries of the township. Traditionally, the fulfillments of Hogmanay's rituals and folklore have assured good crops, good health and good fortune in the coming year.

The Rural Hill First Footin' event is free. The historic site encourages everyone to bring something for the luncheon meal. Items needed include fresh or canned vegetables for the soup, bread, dessert, soft drinks, tea, or your favorite drink, and bowls, plates, napkins and eating utensils. 

The walk/hike is on the farm's trail network, stopping along the way to discuss history and folklore.

Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road.

Details: www.ruralhill.net.


Author signs copies of new book

CHARLOTTE – Huntersville native Julia Rogers will sign copies of her book, “Adventures of Mac the Doodle-Mac and His New Family.”

Rogers and the book’s main character, Mac the dog, will meet new friends 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Buttercup Gifts and Stationary, 343 Providence Road.

The book tells the story of Mac, a real dog who lives in North Carolina. His adventure begins when he is chosen by a family to live on their farm. He meets Ingrid, the Saint Bernard, Mama Sheep, and a grouchy old pig named Woodrow. Mac teaches children about bravery, acceptance and friendship.

Rogers has always dreamed of becoming a children’s book author and has found inspiration in her dog, Mac. Rogers works as a family nurse practitioner.


Brewers festival announces 2014 music lineup

HUNTERSVILLE – Greensky Bluegrass will headline the 2014 North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, organizers recently announced.

The fourth annual festival’s music lineup includes Sol Driven Train, Big Daddy Love, Jesse Dee, Spirit Family Reunion, and the Jon Stickley Trio.

The festival will feature North Carolina's finest craft brews available with more than three hours of free tasting, as well as music, food, merchandise, children's activities, beer education and a chance to interact with nonprofits.

The festival will be held May 10 at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road.

Camping will be available on Friday and Saturday nights. For those that camp Friday night, there will be an exclusive show performed by both The Reckoning and Hit or Miss.

Details about the event and advance ticket information can be found at www.NCBrewsMusic.com.