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The Best Stocking Stuffer Ever!

by | Dec 20, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Davidson Community Players, Top Left Box


ICYMI*, Davidson Community Players (DCP) has announced a blockbuster lineup of shows for the 2018 season. If you enjoyed Annie last summer – or if by chance you were away – you won’t want to miss this year’s summer musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot! I haven’t seen too many Broadway shows, but I did see this one in New York and literally fell out of my seat laughing. (There are witnesses.) If you’ve never understood why people say, “Not dead yet!” in an attempted Yorkshire accent, you’ll get it after you see this show come June.

The Davidson Community Players production of “Flyin West” was a hit from several years ago. (Bill Giduz photo)

Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias holds the second summer spot in July, a classic Southern counterpoint to the riotous musical. The show’s long off-Broadway run began in 1987, was revived on Broadway in 2005, and continues to be produced all over the globe. You may be familiar with the award-winning and star-studded 1989 movie, with Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Sam Shepherd among the luminaries.

“This season is admittedly filled with hits,” said DCP’s incoming board chair Tom Aleman. “Our hats are off to the play-reading committee for lining up the shows and to the DCP staff for their work to arrange the rights. We are very proud to offer such great theater to our community.”

But you don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy live theater from this storied North Mecklenburg theater company. The Diary of Anne Frank opens the season on February 15 in the Amour Street Theatre. A timeless chestnut, Death Trap, is on the bill for next September, followed by The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for the holidays.

When you go to the Davidson Community Players website for your season tickets, check out the offerings from DCP’s Connie Company, which include Snow White, Peter Pan Jr.,  and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

The lighthearted musical, First Date, welcomes spring at Amour Street in March. This “bonus” show, separate from the season bill, is a community theater regional premiere.

 *ICYMI is an informal abbreviation for “In case you missed it.”

Meg Kimmel

A professional communicator with a long career in higher education, Meg now consults and volunteers in areas where words and images work together to tell a story. She's a proud member of Davidson's Class of 1977 and lives nearby with her husband, Don, Davidson professor emeritus of biology, with whom she shares a family grown by kinship and choice.

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