willy wonka DCP

A production of “Willy Wonka Jr.” is just one of many presentations by The Connie Company showcasing young talent.

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Community Players (DCP) have received the 2018 Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award presented by the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).

The NCTC Board of Directors presents awards each year to companies, schools and individuals that are active NCTC members and have exhibited leadership roles in their community, as well as artistic, professional or educational excellence.

DCP’s youth program, The Connie Company, was named in memory of DCP founder Connie Welsh. Each year the youth education program produces three youth performances – including two musicals – and hosts educational classes for elementary ages through high school in the spring and fall. The Connie Company also conducts an array of summer camps that have grown in popularity throughout the years, as well as audition workshops for young aspiring performers.

“This award is particularly meaningful to DCP as Constance Welsh originated and led the Davidson Community Players through its first 20 years or so,” DCP Executive Director Matthew Merrell said. “Connie left a huge impact on countless children in the community, and we are honored to be recognized for continuing her legacy.”

Katie Mullis directs the education programs at DCP. Merrell said she works diligently to attract talented instructors while maintaining a fun learning environment where young people can be introduced to theater and hone their craft as experienced actors.

“In 2018, DCP’s education department developed and ran summer camps serving more than 400 kids, educational classes teaching over 150 plus students, and produced high-quality Connie Company performances featuring more than 90 young performers,” Mullis said.

Davidson Community Players recently announced its 2019 season, which includes three youth shows. The first production will be “The Jungle Book,” which will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 3. Other youth-centric shows on the schedule include “Junie B. Jones The Musical,” set for April 26 through May 5, and “Disney’s Alladin Jr.,” scheduled for Nov. 1-10.

Season subscriptions can be purchased for all three shows for $27 per subscription. Complete information about DCP and Connie Company events is available at www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 704-892-7953.

Community entertainment

DCP’s vision is to be the region's premiere community theater; expanding its performance season to include both year-round adult theatre productions and ongoing children's programming.

In addition to the youth shows, productions on DCP schedule for 2019 include:

“Benedictions,” Feb. 21-March 10, Armour Street Theatre

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a special event that is not part of the season ticket package, Armour Street Theatre, Mar. 28-April 7

“Mamma Mia!” Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, June 20-30

“A Comedy of Tenors,” Duke Family Performance Hall, July 18-28

“Wait Until Dark,” Armour Street Theatre, Sept. 26-Oct. 13

“Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol,” Armour Street Theatre, Dec. 5-22

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