‘Peter Pan’ ballet director taps into child-powered inspiration

HUNTERSVILLE – A Huntersville father inspired by the wonder and joy of his children’s imaginations is launching his first full-length family ballet this week in Charlotte. Christopher Stuart, director of Charlotte Ballet II, says watching his children play helped him develop his artistic vision for a retelling of “Peter Pan,” where he could explore the backstories of characters, how they got […]

Reimagining Orchestra: Cornelius youth program changing the game

CORNELIUS – Rehearsing orchestral music conjures up images of dutiful musicians sitting for hours in wooden chairs, with a conductor leading the charge at the front, deftly swishing their baton. Now, add children to the mix. Hours of stillness, intense concentration and what often ensues is waning passion for their instrument. The stuffy stereotype of orchestral rehearsals is a thing […]

Waves specialists crave ‘crazier the better’ challenges for events

If you can dream it, Waves Entertainment wants to make it happen. “Throw crazy at us because we love it,” said co-owner Justin Taylor. Waves Entertainment, a full-service event production company, has quickly grown to dominate the entertainment industry in the Lake Norman area. Chances are you’ve been to multiple Waves productions during the last two years – the company […]

Excitement, talent set the tone for NMHS musical weekend run

HUNTERSVILLE – Talented students at North Mecklenburg High School –  thanks to their instructor’s determination and the generosity of donors and theater partners – are finally getting their time to shine following years of setbacks. This weekend, the school’s theater department will perform “Once On This Island,” an Afro-Caribbean retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” The one-act coming-of-age […]

Competition provides singers valuable experience, exposure

LINCOLNTON – When Ashley Robinson, a 2017 graduate of Lincolnton High School, walked on to the stage at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Saturday, March 26, it was a different experience than when she performed the lead role of Celie in “The Color Purple” last month. It was that role, however, that gave Robinson the confidence to enter the Heafner/Williams […]

Community band plans end-of-season show

MAIDEN – The Newton-Conover Area Community Band will put on its annual end-of-season concert later this month.  The Jazz Band, led by Maiden High School Band Director Nickey Horner, will start the show with “big-band” style arrangements of “One O’Clock Jump,” “Blue Skies,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Old Devil Moon,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Get […]

Youth artists grab the spotlight in Mooresville Arts event

MOORESVILLE – High School senior Joel Rodriguez gathered a collection of honors in the 19th annual Youth Art Show sponsored by Mooresville Arts. Rodriguez, a Community School of Davidson (CSD) student, was awarded first place in the Grade 11-12 category and also the recipient of two scholarships – sponsored by PeopleSuite Talent Solutions and Rocky Mt. Music Co. Artwork from students […]

Cash legacy, Charlotte Ballet unite for special Cain Center show

CORNELIUS – A fine art performance with famous Southern roots will make a rare, one-day-only Lake Norman area appearance as part of the inaugural Cain Center for the Arts season. Charlotte Ballet will present two showings of “Under The Lights” – a tribute to the life, the love and the music of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – on Saturday, […]

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