By Dan Mearns
Coronavirus concerns have shuttered entertainment venues across the country, and community theaters are no exception.
“We canceled all shows and activities (auditions& rehearsals) for March¸” said Charlotte Players executive director Sherrie Moody. “ ‘Baggage,’ a show originally scheduled for April, has been postponed and we are hopeful it will be presented this summer
“Our dedicated staff is working tirelessly to keep our members and customers informed,” she added. “Our organization lives by the lifeblood generosity of volunteers, donors and patrons. As a nonprofit organization, we exist on an extremely tight budget, and we are asking ticket holders to consider donating their ticket to support to our 501(C)3 organization.”
The Players is hoping to stage Wedding Belles at the Langdon Playhouse in May, with auditions and rehearsals by appointment. Written by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards and directed by Paula Pender, the comedy concerns four garden-club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their little Texas town to marry an infantryman before he ships off for World War II. The women impulsively decide to throw the girl an elaborate wedding, and their lives and friendships are thrown into turmoil as they race to accomplish the nuptials in one frenzied afternoon.
The 2020-21 season features eight plays at the Langdon, including Erma Bombeck – At Wit’s End, a one-woman show in January. Special events scheduled for the Langdon include a Christmas show, New Year’s Eve cabaret, and vocalist Cahal Dunne.
Acts on next season’s Charlotte Performing Arts Center agenda include tributes to John Denver, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Carole King and James Taylor, and Rod Stewart. The Edwards Twins will be back for two shows, and Sister’s Easter Catechism, which had to be canceled in March, is on tap for March of 2021.
Comedy for a Cause, the Players’ principal fundraiser, has been scheduled for Sept. 11. The Kids OnStage summer camps may be postponed until July, depending on when missing school days will have to be made up.
For all the latest, visit online at www.charlotteplayers.org
By Dan Mearns