Saturday, December 7

Christmas Through the Ages at Langdon Playhouse Dec. 5 – 8

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Charlotte Players kicks off December by participating in Giving Tuesday for the second time. Taking place on Dec. 3, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and year-end giving.
The global celebration runs for 24 hours and begins at midnight local time. Giving Tuesday started as a day for anyone anywhere to give and has grown into the biggest giving movement in the world. Giving Tuesday harnesses the generosity of millions of people around the world to support the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.
Donation forms are available at the Charlotte Players office¸1182 Market St., Port Charlotte, and donations also may be made by calling 941-255-1022.
Charlotte Players has announced a new production for the holiday season, Christmas Through the Ages. Live music and stage entertainment, featuring actors and singers of all ages, is guaranteed to produce warm holiday memories for everyone in the audience.
“It is our hope and desire to continue this production for many years to come and start a new tradition,” said Charlotte Players executive director Sherrie Moody.
Music ranges from early medieval and renaissance to Victorian and contemporary, plus some humorous and interesting stories about how the music was inspired in each era. Some songs will feature accompaniment by period instruments and piano.
The program starts with “Jingle Bells” and takes audiences on a journey from pre-Christian Rome all the way to a medley of the top 25 Christmas songs in history done in five minutes (“No stop watches please,” Sherrie joked).
Artistic director Herb Berry, music/vocal director Jaclyn Cushman and a large group of talented performances are making this a holiday event to remember. Held at the Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market St., Port Charlotte, the show opens on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and continues at the same time on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7. There is also a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Tickets at $25 for adults and $13 for students may ordered at the Charlotte Players website (www.charlotteplayers.org) or by calling 941-255-1022 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In mid-month, mentalist Bill Gladwell brings his “Mind Games” shows to the Langdon at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.
“If you haven’t seen the ‘thought reader,’ do yourself a favor during the busy holiday season,” Sherrie said. “During his 90-minute performance, Bill will seemingly pull thoughts directly from your mind, predict what you’ll say before it comes out of your mouth, and read you like an open book.”
Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students and may be ordered at the website or by calling the number above.
On Tuesday, Dec. 31, come ring in the new year with some of Charlotte County’s most talented singers as they present a 90-minute concert style program. Directed by Ken Crisp, who also provides piano accompaniment along with drummer Joel Broome, this concert has something for everyone – something old, something new, something country, something pop, something Broadway and more.
There are two New Year’s Eve shows, the first at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $13 for students, and my ordered on the website or by calling the number above.

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