Arts Beat: June 15

Mint Hill Arts exhibit opening June 15

The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts will host a free opening reception for its latest exhibit, a juried show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15.

Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Free appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served.

Mint Hill Arts is located at 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A, in Mint Hill.

For more information, call 980-226-5532.

Tickets on sale for ‘Pinkalicious’

Seats are still available for Matthews Playhouse’s production of “Pinkalicious,” a family musical by members of the Playhouse’s summer camp staff.

The show runs Saturday, June 16 and 23, at 2 and 4 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for children younger than 12; $9 for seniors and students ages 12 to 17; and $10 for adults.

The story centers around a young girl who’s obsessed with the color pink and just can’t stop eating pink cupcakes, even though her parents keep warning her. Her indulgence eventually turns her pink, leading her on a fun and challenging adventure to turn herself back to normal.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Auditions open for Nova Voce

Nova Voce, a community ensemble of female singers, is hosting auditions for its next season.

The group, directed by Deborah Carnes Lutz, will host auditions the week of Aug. 10. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from September through December and February through May. Concerts are held two times a year, in December and May.

Singers in all ranges, Soprano I through Alto II, are welcome to audition. Prospective members should bring a simple audition piece to sing, such as a hymn, and be prepared to demonstrate vocal range and sight-reading skills.

For more information or to schedule an audition time, call 704-545-1202 or email at

Sycamore Commons continues concert series

Matthews’ Sycamore Commons shopping center continues its annual free, live music concert series this week.

The fifth annual Summer Concert Series runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in the courtyard. Sycamore Commons is located off Matthews Township Parkway between U.S. 74 and Northeast Parkway.

The concert schedule includes:
• June 21, Randy Franklin (acoustic rock)
• June 28, Pat and Steve, of the Spongetones, (British invasion pop)
• July 5, Dangerous Daze (alternative rock)
• July 12, Jim Garrett (country)
• July 19, Chuck Johnson (Americana)
• July 26, Popcorn Sippers (bluegrass)
• Aug. 2, The Cloers (acoustic pop)
• Aug. 9, Loose Lugnuts (honky tonk)
• Aug. 16, Mike Strauss Band (country blues)
• Aug. 23, Donna Duncan and Detour (blues rock)
• Aug. 30, James Deem and The Rebers (pop rock)

For more information, call Randy at 704-724-2801 or email

Children’s Theatre holds auditions, sets season

The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is looking for two actors for the group’s traveling Tarradiddle Players.

The theater needs one full-time person and one part-time. Those auditioning should bring a prepared monologue from a children’s or young person’s play and be prepared to sing. This season will include two musicals, so a strong singing voice “will be a plus” according to a group news release.

Auditions are June 25, a Monday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. People can call Steven Ivy at 704-973-2839 to set up an audition appointment.

Meanwhile, the theater announced its 2012-13 season recently. The season includes “Psshh,” which runs from Aug. 14 to 23 and is for very young children; “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” from Oct. 5 to 28; and a number of others that include “The Secret Garden,” “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” and “Pinkalicious: The Musical.”

Central Piedmont theater announces upcoming shows

The Central Piedmont Community College Summer Theatre has three shows going on in the next few weeks.

“Guys and Dolls” opens up Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m., and has showings every day until June 23, except for June 18. The play “is an oddball romantic comedy that is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy,” according to a news release from the school.

“Noises Off” opens June 29 at 8 p.m., and is followed by performances every day until July 7, except July 2 and 4. The play follows a cast of “itinerant actors” as they rehears a flop called “Nothing’s On.”

“Rapunzel” will be aimed more at children, though it’s a show for all ages. Kids will have 14 chances to see the attempted rescue of Rapunzel, as the show plays June 27 through July 14. There are no shows July 2, 3, 4 and 9.

Find more information on the shows at the theater’s website,

Stamp Show coming in July

The CHARPEX Stamp Show will come to Charlotte next month.

The event, jointly held by the Charlotte Philatelic Society and the Fortnightly Stamp Club, is July 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive.

The show is free to attend and will feature 20 stamp and cover dealers, 60 frames of world-class exhibits, educational seminars, a silent auction and Boy and Girl Scout workshops for stamp collecting hobbies badges.

Find more information at the club’s website,

Queen’s Fab Fest to support Campus Pride

The Queen City Theatre Company is getting ready for its first annual Queen’s Fab Fest.

The week-long series of events will raise money and awareness of Campus Pride, the Charlotte educational organization that works to create a safer college environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Find more information on Campus Pride at the group’s website,

The events start June 23 at 8 p.m. with “Falsettos In Concert – A Theatre Gala.” That’s at the McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. “There Comes a Time – Miss Coco Peru is Back!” is June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. “Outside the BOXX – An Evening with Pandora Boxx” is June 28 at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theatre. “Twisted Broadway – A Broadway Cabaret” is June 29 at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theatre. And “The Wizard of Oz – Buff Faye’s First Annual Sing-A-Long” is June 30 at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theatre.

General admission tickets are on sale starting at $15 at A package for all five performances is available at $100.

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