CHARLOTTE – Central Piedmont Community College has already set sail for its summer theater season with the premiere of “Show Boat.” The season continues with four additional shows through July 13 at Dale F. Halton Theater.
June 7-15: “Show Boat”
Taking place over 50 years, “Show Boat” tells the story of a family of performers living on a show boat, and their struggles with gambling, race and poverty. Captain Andy runs extremely successful performances aboard his ship, The Cotton Blossom. After it is discovered that his leading lady, Julie, has African American heritage, she and her leading-man boyfriend are forced to quit the show. As a replacement, Captain Andy employs his daughter, Magnolia, and a young gambler, Gaylord Ravenal, as the new stars. Magnolia and Gaylord soon fall in love, but they must struggle against poverty and Gaylord’s habitual gambling. When Magnolia gets pregnant, Gaylord deserts her in Chicago. It is only years later that Gaylord meets his now-grown daughter and finally reconciles with Magnolia. Spanning three generations of hope and heartbreak, “Show Boat” has established itself as an essential contribution to the American musical theater canon.
June 21-29: “Jekyll & Hyde”
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, “Jekyll & Hyde” is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on London. As his fiancée, Emma, grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, a prostitute, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind.
July 5-13: “Beehive: the 60s Musical Revue”
“Beehive” is the ultimate celebration of 1960s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Beehive” recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues, ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era.
July 19-27: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
On the night of his mother’s funeral, middle-class Englishman Monty Navarro learns an incredible secret: he is an aristocrat – if he can only find a way to prevent his relatives from inheriting the earldom first. Buoyed along by love for two different women, the stunning and self-centered Sibella and the pious and witty Phoebe, Monty takes on his mission. In “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the audience is treated to Edwardian style, classic farce,and stunning operatic singing. “Gentleman’s Guide” combines the best of the past with a contemporary sensibility and humor that earned it the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.
July 3-13: Children’s Show: “Madagascar (TYA)”
Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, “Madagascar (TYA)” will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”
Want to go?
Tickets are available for $19 and $22, with tickets for children under the age of 15 available for $10. Tickets for the children’s show, “Madagascar (TYA),” cost $12 for adults and $8 for kids. Parking is free for all shows. Call 704-330-6534 or visit www.tix.cpcc.edu for tickets.