The touring company of “Hamilton” in Chicago. Joan Marcus Joan Marcus
The touring company of “Hamilton” in Chicago. Joan Marcus Joan Marcus

Local Arts

Arts season 2017-18: Theater

By Lawrence Toppman

Correspondent

September 11, 2017 10:46 AM

UPDATED September 14, 2017 04:12 PM

What’s coming up in the 2017-18 season? Check out the lineup. Find where you’re going on our interactive map. You can check the rest of the calendar by discipline, too: dance; music; and visual arts.

 

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Abbey Players

Performances take place in Haid Theatre at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont. The season blends classic and contemporary plays, and casts may be made up of regional performers and/or students. belmontabbeycollege.edu.

Sept. 21-29: “Verity.”

Nov. 9-19: “A Christmas Carol.”

Dec. 1: “Christmas at the Abbey.”

Jan. 13: The 11th annual “24-Hour Theatre Project.”

Feb. 22-March 4: “Wait Until Dark.”

April 12-22: “The Sound of Music.”

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

Professional, Off-Broadway-style company favors contemporary playwrights. The troupe is still renovating its new facility at 2219 Freedom Drive, so its first three shows will run at Queens University's Hadley Theater, 2132 Radcliffe Ave. Titles have been chosen for the rest of the year, but dates and locations remain uncertain. 704-342-2251; atcharlotte.org.

Sept. 27-Oct. 14: Green Day’s musical “American Idiot.”

Nov. 8-25: “Hand to God.”

Dec. 6-23: “The Santaland Diaries.”

Other announced titles: “The Luckiest People,” “The Mermaid Hour,” “Murder for Two,” “The Mountaintop.”

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte tackles “American Idiot” beginning this month.
Ramsey Lyric

Blumenthal Performing Arts

The region’s leading presenter produces shows but usually imports them, mainly for its Broadway Lights series (local premieres marked with “BL” in the list below, and running autumn to autumn) and its “Encore” series (marked “E” below.) Belk Theater, Booth Playhouse, Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.; McGlohon Theatre and Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon; Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org; blumenthalarts.org.

Sept. 13-Oct. 1: “The Christians.”

Sept. 26-Oct. 1: “Rent.”

Oct. 3-8: “Finding Neverland.” (BL)

Oct. 17-22: “The Red Shoes.” (BL)

Oct. 31-Nov. 5: “On Your Feet.” (BL)

Nov. 24-26: “The Sound of Music.”

Dec. 13-17: “Les Miserables.” (E)

Jan. 9-14: “School of Rock.” (BL)

Jan. 17-28: “The Phantom of the Opera.” (E)

March 13-18: “Waitress.” (BL)

April 17-22: “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.” (E)

May 1-6: “The Humans.” (BL)

May 8-13: “Something Rotten.” (BL)

June 26-July 1: “Bright Star.” (BL)

July 10-15: “The Color Purple.” (BL)

July 24-29: “The Book of Mormon.” (E)

Aug. 22-Sept. 9: “The Lion King.” (E)

Sept. 11-16: “Love Never Dies.” (BL)

Oct. 10-Nov. 4: “Hamilton.” (BL)

“Bright Star” is an Americana-style musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, part of the Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights series.
Courtesy of the Blumenthal

CPCC Theatre

Musicals take place in Halton Theatre, straight plays in Pease Auditorium; both are near the corner of Kings Drive and Elizabeth Avenue. The college recently added outdoor Shakespeare at its Cato campus, too. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.

Sept. 14-23: “The Comedy of Errors” (Cato campus).

Sept. 22-Oct. 1: “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Oct. 8: “Swan Lake” (touring production by Russian Grand Ballet).

Oct. 27-Nov. 5: “The Crucible.”

Feb. 16-25: “Evita.”

April 6-15: “On Golden Pond.”

Janeta Jackson will star in Children’s Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” in October.
Courtesy of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

Children’s Theatre Of Charlotte

Professional troupe for young audiences mounts its own productions, teams with local artists and imports tours to two stages at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828; ctcharlotte.org.

Oct. 6-29: “Mary Poppins.”

Oct. 27-Nov. 12: “The Snowy Day and Other Stories.”

Nov. 24-Dec. 23: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical.”

Jan. 12-28: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.”

Jan. 13-Jan. 28: “Balloonacy.”

Jan. 13-27: “The Imaginators.”

Feb. 2-18: “And in This Corner, Cassius Clay.”

March 2-4: “Caleb Sigmon Live! Nothing Up My Sleeve.”

March 9-April 15: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

April 13-May 6: “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure.”

May 24-June 2: PlayPlay Theatre’s “Pocket.”

Citizens of the Universe

This group adapts film scripts to plays and does original theatrical works, mostly at small clubs and spaces around Charlotte. (In fact, COTU now performs around the country.) citizensoftheuniverse.org. No schedule has been announced, but the next production in Charlotte seems to be “Wonderland” in March. The group also plans a “steampunk fantasy podcast” of “The Ship” in November.

Davidson Community Players

This community theater has a home at 307 Armour St., Davidson, and does bigger shows on the Davidson College campus. The Connie Company, an offshoot, does shows for young audiences. The full season for 2018 will be announced in late autumn. 704-892-7953; davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Oct. 5-22: “On Golden Pond.”

Nov. 3-12: “The Lion King Jr.” (Connie Company)

Nov. 30-Dec. 17: “Mom’s Gift.”

Matthews Playhouse

This multi-generational troupe sometimes abridges popular works to make them easier for kids to absorb. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343; matthewsplayhouse.com.

Oct. 13-22: “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook.”

Dec. 1-17: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Feb. 2-March 11: “Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical.”

Feb. 23-March 4: “Freedom Train.”

June 8-24: “South Pacific.”

On Q Performing Arts

Dedicated to classic, contemporary and original works that reflect the black experience, with performances usually at Duke Energy Theater in Spirit Square. youarenowonq.org.

Sept. 13-20: “A Brown Tale.”

Dec. 15-16: Soulful Noel.”

Mar. 28-April 7: “King Hedley II.”

June 19-21: “God’s Trombones.”

Queen City Theatre Company

This cutting-edge group does plays about non-mainstream aspects of life, especially though not exclusively the gay community, and performs at Duke Energy Theater. But after 10 years of shows, it cancelled its August production of “The Nance.” Its website (queencitytheatre.com) says “we will be taking a break from producing…more information will be released soon.”

Theatre Charlotte

The state’s oldest community theater performs at 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; theatrecharlotte.org.

Through Sept. 25: “Aida.”

Oct. 27-Nov. 12: “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Dec. 8-17: “A Christmas Carol.”

Jan. 26-Feb. 11: “The Nerd.”

March 23-April 8: “A Time to Kill.”

May 25-10: “Spring Awakening.”

Three Bone Theatre

The company, which does contemporary work, has moved to Duke Energy Theater to be “a catalyst for hope, strength and humor.” threebonetheatre.com.

Nov. 2-11: “Fahrenheit 451.”

Feb. 15-24: “King Liz.”

May 17-26: “Every Brilliant Thing.”

July 12-21: “Appropriate.”