DCP steel magnolias

“Steel Magnolias” was one of the Davidson Community Players summer shows in 2018.

1. DCP has announced its 2019 season

The upcoming performance season for the theater company will have five Main Stage productions, three Connie Company productions and one special events show. The coming year’s theme is “Escape. Imagine. Enjoy.” Creative Director Sylvia Schnople said it came from looking at what the organization does. “We like to imagine and inspire,” she said. “It speaks to our mission.” Tickets are available now for season passes, but single-show tickets will go on sale Jan. 7.

2. Auditions are coming up

DCP will hold auditions for its first 2019 show, “Benedictions,” next month. In February, there will be auditions for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged” and the summer shows, “Mamma Mia” and “The Comedy of Tenors.” Young thespians, ages 8-20, may try out for Connie Company’s “The Jungle Book” 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at the DCP Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main St. in Cornelius. Available roles and character descriptions are at www.DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org.

3. Summer shows return to Davidson College

As usual, two of the shows will take place at the college’s Duke Family Performance Hall. “Mamma Mia” will run June 20-30, while “The Comedy of Tenors” is scheduled for July 18-28. The latter is a sequel to the 2008 production of “Lend me a Tenor,” but Schnople said the 10-year anniversary is just a “happy coincidence.” “This summer will be a date-night shows,” she said. “Both shows are very festive and bright. It will certainly be an escape.” The “Mamma Mia” production, about a young woman’s search for her birth father, comes on the heels of the movie sequel in theaters last summer.

4. Shakespeare is the special show

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged” is scheduled for March 28 through April 7 in the Armour Street Theatre. It features all 37 of the playwright’s theatre works in 97 minutes. “Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter,” a description of the play reads. The production has the distinction of being London’s longest-running comedy.

5. Tickets are sold out for the current play

The final play of the 2018 season, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” is sold out. “We could do 100 shows and would sell them all out,” Schnople said. “The cast is full of energy, and it’s the perfect gift for the holidays.” Schnople is hoping the potential for winter weather holds off for the Dec. 7-9 shows. The current season’s theme has been “The Magic of Theatre,” and it included “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Deathtrap.”

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