‘Unnecessary Farce’ comes to local stage

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players presents the Charlotte regional premiere of Paul Slade Smith’s “Unnecessary Farce” this month. 

An embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant in a cheap motel room, while two bumbling undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape in the next room.

But there's some confusion as to who's in which room.

The production will run 8 p.m. July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, as well as 2 p.m. July 20 and 27, at Hough High School, 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius.

Tickets cost $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $12 for students.

Buy tickets by calling 704-892-7953 or going to www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.


Youth can audition for ‘Twelfth Night’

DAVIDSON – Davidson Community Players seeks energetic and imaginative youth, ages 12-18, for the Connie Company’s annual Shakespeare Unplugged Workshop Production.

Auditions will consist of theater exercises and cold readings from the script. A monologue is encouraged.

Auditions will be held 10 a.m.-noon July 12 and 5-7 p.m. July 19 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. Plan to arrive at the start of the audition and stay for the entire session. Bring a recent picture and list of theater experience.

The workshop kicks off 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8 with daily work sessions. The cast will work three days a week, beginning Aug. 11, in preparation for five public performances of “Twelfth Night” in late September.

If unable to audition on this date, email Katie Mullis at KatieW@davidsoncommunityplayers.org.


Senior center forms adult chorus

HUNTERSVILLE –  The North Mecklenburg Senior Center is organizing a senior adult chorus consisting of men and women 55 and older.

The chorus’ first “get to know you” meeting, is scheduled for 1-2:45 p.m. July 14 at the senior center (inside Solid Rock Christian Church), 16601 Old Statesville Road.

“If you are a person who loves to sing in the shower, hum a tune, or, would just like to challenge yourself and add something different to your 'bucket list,' this group is for you,” Director Joanne Ahern said. “Training will be provided to help make this a challenging and rewarding experience for all participants. We hope to create a fun experience for everyone.”

Lenzy Wallace, of Cornelius, will lead the group.

The center needs a piano and accompanist. The accompanist doesn't need to be over 55 years of age.

Those interested in joining but can’t make the meeting may call 704-875-1270.


World War I comes to stage

CORNELIUS – Rachel Jeffreys produces “Tales from the Great War” a five-person multi-media stage show that combines entertainment and historic commemoration.

It was produced for the centennial of the start of World War I. It features storytelling, period songs, film clips, historic photos and the recorded voice of a sailor from the war.

Shows start at 8 p.m. Aug. 1  and 2, as well as 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road.

Get tickets at www.warehousepac.org or 704-619-0429.


Arts camp targets children with special needs

CORNELIUS – Kelly Work instructs a week full of arts in a summer camp for special needs children, dubbed “Just for Me: Art and Music for The Exceptional Child.”

Children with diagnosed developmental delay, special areas of need, or those who are typically developing are welcome to the process-driven, goal-oriented camp.

The camp takes place 1-4 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1 at the Community Arts Project, 20700 N. Main St., Suite 112, Cornelius.  The camp costs $120 for four days. Register in advance.

Details: http://thecommunityartsproject.org/Summer.asp.


Layers showcase hidden meanings

CORNELIUS – Adam McGalliard explores the relationship between internal and external human experiences in his latest exhibit, “Introjection.”

Projected layers add depth to seemingly traditional portraits and force the viewer to question the meanings. “Introjection” will be on exhibit July 14-Aug. 15 at the Cornelius Arts Center. 19725 Oak St. An artist reception is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. July 18.

Details: jcrickenberger@cornelius.org or 704-896-8823.


Latta Plantation holds Civil War demonstrations

HUNTERSVILLE – Travel back in time to the Carolina Backwoods during the Civil War.

Meet Union and Confederate soldiers, see demonstrations, visit the soldiers encampments and winter quarters 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19 and 1-4 p.m. July 20 at 5225 Sample Road.

Learn about the Sample family who lived at the plantation during the war and whose sons fought for the Mecklenburg 53rd.

Visitors will also enjoy an open house tour, visit 13 additional structures on site including slave cabins and kitchen, and meet the Latta farm animals.

Admission costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors/students. Children 5 and younger get in free.

Details: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312.