Fall Follies

Arts & Entertainment Guide

by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: September 5, 2009 in A&E / Life&Style


Theatre | DVDs/New Releases | Music/New Albums

Theatre: Plays, Musicals, Dance and other performances


Picnic
Sept. 6-27
Triad Stage
Greensboro
triadstage.org

It’s a peaceful time for a quiet Kansas town in the early 1950s and summer is drawing to a close with the excitement of the annual Labor Day picnic. But the sudden arrival of Hal Carter, a handsome young drifter, stirs the emotions of a group of neighbors as he develops an instant attraction with Madge, one of the most beautiful girls in town. As Hal hides deep insecurities with grand shows of bravado, Madge is torn between her heart and her head in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama where passions turn one small community upside down.

Gulf View Drive
Sept. 9-13, 16-19
Broach Theatre
Greensboro
broachtheatre.org

The third play in Arlene Hutton’s Nibroc Trilogy — the trio of Hutton’s plays that began with “Last Train to Nibroc” and continued with “See Rock City.” In the first two plays, a young pair of Kentuckians named May and Raleigh meet, fall in love, marry and try to reconcile marital expectations and their opinionated mothers-in-law. In “Gulf View Drive,” the time frame has moved from World War II to 1953, and May and Raleigh have moved to Florida, where the crush of dreams, families and the turbulence of events just outside their door threaten their comfortable life.


Photo courtesy: Purdue Theatre
Hair
Sept. 10-27
Burning Coal Theatre Company
Raleigh
burningcoal.org

When the moon is in the seventh house, And Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then Peace will guide the planets, And Love will steer the stars.


Peter Pan
Sept. 11-27
Asheville Community Theatre
ashevilletheatre.org

Celebrating 50 years of their Tanglewood Youth Theatre, Asheville Community Theatre presents one of the most beloved musicals of all time!


A Chorus Line
Sept. 29-Oct. 4
Belk Theater
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Charlotte
blumenthalcenter.org

For 17 young and aspiring dancers, this is the chance of a lifetime. Auditioning for a new Broadway play, these dancers have worked hard, every day of their lives, for this one opportunity. Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “A Chorus Line,” is the longest-running Broadway musical, ever.


Picasso
Oct. 15-Nov. 1
Carolina Ballet
Fletcher
Opera Theater
Raleigh
carolinaballet.com

Picasso definitely has his card punched in the pantheon of timeless painters. You may not be able to purchase an original Picasso, but you can see this original Robert Weiss production presented in collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s exhibit “Picasso and the Allure of Language.”


Photo courtesy: Southeastern Louisiana University
Oleanna
Oct. 18-Nov. 8
Triad Stage
Greensboro
triadstage.org

When an unconventional professor tries to help a struggling female student who is failing his class, the end result is far beyond what either originally expected in this shocking case of “he said, she said.” What begins as a simple meeting behind closed doors leads to misinterpretations, accusations and a high-stakes struggle for power. Who is right; who is wrong? Who is to say in this examination of power, privilege and political correctness?

Rent
Oct. 23-31, Nov. 1-2
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
wstheatrealliance.org

Winston-Salem’s non-profit community theatre organization brings the full Broadway version of “Rent” to the Twin City. Follow a year in the lives of seven friends living the Bohemian lifestyle in New York’s East Village. An instant favorite you’ll never forget!


South Pacific
Nov. 10-15
Belk Theater
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Charlotte
blumenthalcenter.org

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical graces the stage of Charlotte’s Belk Theater in a new production presented by Lincoln Center Theater, Bob Boyett and NETworks Productions. Set on a tropical island during World War II, “South Pacific” is a romantic story of several couples and their threatened realities in the face of war.


Daughters of the Lone Star State
Nov. 13-22 (various dates)
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
wstheatrealliance.org

Del Shores’ “Daughters of the Lone Star State” follows the story of a small town civic organization for women, the Daughters of the Lone Star State. It is the day before Christmas Eve and the organization is holding its annual meeting in Lowake, Texas. Few new members show up — not a problem to the embittered president of the group, who only wants women who think exactly as she does!


Messiah
Nov. 25-29
Carolina Ballet
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
carolinaballet.com

This Robert Weiss masterpiece, hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “Choreography Europe Needs to See,” returns in all its glory. It is a joyous celebration of live music, theatre and dance to Handel’s magnificent score for families to enjoy together during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Photo courtesy: NyghtFalcon Photography
Beautiful Star:
An Appalachian Nativity

Nov. 27-Dec. 23
Triad Stage
Greensboro
triadstage.org

The Triad’s newest holiday tradition proves that the best tales are the ones worth repeating. Returning for a fourth season of celebration, Reverend Ledbetter and the Open Heart Community Fellowship gather again for their rendition of the Christmas story, with down home laughter, toe-tapping music and a tug at the heartstrings. Come experience the joy and wonder that have made “Beautiful Star” the biggest hit in Triad Stage’s history.


Photo courtesy: UWGB
Much Ado About Nothing
Dec. 3-20
Burning Coal Theatre Company
Raleigh
burningcoal.org

William Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two equally matched partners — who can’t stand each other!


Christmas My Way:
A Sinatra Holiday Bash

Dec. 11-20 (various dates)
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
wstheatrealliance.org

From the team that created “My Way,” the hottest musical revue in America right now, it’s beginning to look a lot like a free, fresh, knocked-out coo-coo Sinatra Christmas, complete with 40 swingin’ hits perfect for the holidays.

Nutcracker
Dec. 11-20
Belk Theater
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Charlotte
blumenthalcenter.org

Your seasonal favorite and holiday tradition returns to Charlotte. Your journey begins at a holiday party where the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer presents young Clara with an extraordinary Nutcracker
doll. Travel to the glittering Land of Snow and the majestic Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as your tour guide. A trip to the Nutcracker completes any holiday season!

— Compiled by Q-Notes staff.


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