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Information about Cannon Theater Company's and Cannon Middle School Theater's 2020-2021 Season will be posted when available. Please check back for the latest updates.

Cannon Theater Company 2019-2020 Season

Cannon Theater Company Fall One-Acts

November 7-9
7:00 p.m.

This evening of theater will begin with An Incomplete History of Theater, an original piece of theater dreamed up by our endlessly creative and courageous troupe of CTC performers. It’s a fun and fast-paced 45-minute tour through theater history from the Greeks to the present. One part celebration, one part satire, this show aims to expand your awareness of the power and possibilities of theater while keeping you laughing throughout.

For families considering bringing younger children, An Incomplete History of Theater may be a little heady for younger ones at times, but will still have funny and engaging sequences that many would enjoy. Part of the show features a quick and silly re-telling of Oedipus Rex, but the scandalous plot points are hinted at in a subtle way.

After a brief intermission we’ll present Stephen Gregg’s Wake-Up Call, a dizzying and darkly funny plunge into the teenage psyche designed to keep you guessing at every turn. When the lights first come up, Jim and Rochelle are an average young couple navigating first love while trying to get their homework done, until things get weirder. And weirder. What is going on and what are we to make of it? Come and see!

Wake Up Call is a dark comedy and has a Twilight Zone feel with some macabre imagery and dialogue that may disturb younger children.

 $5 general admission; free to Cannon students, alumni, and employees.

Bright Star

Music, Book, and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell
February 13-15
7:00 p.m.

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of North Carolina in the 1920s and ‘40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young solider just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past. Beautiful melodies buoyed by a live bluegrass ensemble will carry the audience through a uniquely uplifting theatrical experience.

While this story involves characters drinking alcohol and the plot turns on a baby born out of wedlock (and related family drama), the darker moments are offset by comedic and joyful ones, and the overall production would be rated as PG. Parents can contact Andy Macdonald at amacdonald@cannonschool.org with any questions.

CAFTA is selling Playbill ads and flower bouquets as a fundraiser at this winter's production of Bright Star. Honor our student artists and support the Arts at Cannon with each purchase! Place your order here by February 10.

General admission is $10 and tickets will be sold at the door; free admission for Cannon families, faculty, staff and alumni.

Cannon Middle School Theater 2019-2020

Middle School Spring One-Acts

This event has been postponed from its original April 4, 2020 scheduled data. The new date and time will be posted when announced.

Date andTime: TBD

15 Reasons Not To Be In A Play
by Alan Haehnel  (with additional scenes written by the seventh grade theater classes and used by permission)
Performed by the Seventh Grade Theater Students
This is a play about not being in a play, ironically expressed through a hilarious series of scenes.  From early traumas involving a glory-seeking elementary school teacher to moments with family members who just don’t understand, 15 Reasons Not To Be In A Play is a tongue in cheek salute to all that we love about theater.
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare and adapted by Brendan P. Kelso
Performed by the Eighth Grade Theater Students
An adventurous tale of banishment, disguise and love triangles that all get sorted out in the end, this adaptation features a blend of modern day language and Shakespeare’s original text.  As a fun nod to Cannon’s 50th Anniversary, we have chosen to set our show in 1969.  We promise a fun filled frolic filled with peace, love, and happy endings.
by Allison Williams
Performed by the Eighth Grade Theater Students
In this hilarious take on Shakespeare’s famous Scottish play, everything goes wrong. The witches take over the storytelling, Queen Duncan would rather open a franchise than die, Lady M is a regular June Cleaver with vaulting ambition, and above all else everyone understands to never say the name M..beth in the theater!

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