Storytellers: Cannon Theater Company 2018-2019 Season

Whether on stage, behind a pulpit, around the dinner table, or on social media, we are all storytellers. We engage is this most ancient of activities in order to make sense of our own personal stories amid the bigger story of the human condition. This season’s productions feature characters who throw themselves heart and soul into this pursuit with sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and frequently inspiring results.

That’s Not How I Remember It / The Seagull

November 8-10
7:00pm
Admission: Free for members of the Cannon community; $5 for guests
 
This evening of one-act plays will feature two wildly different variations on our 2018-19 theme of “Storytellers.” That’s Not How I Remember It, a comedy by Don Zolidis, will kick off the evening. A mom and dad take turns telling their child the story of how they first met in the totally awesome year of 1986. As they tell their conflicting and increasingly ridiculous versions of the story, it unfolds before us on stage.

After a brief intermission we’ll present a one-act adaptation of The Seagull, a tragicomedy by the celebrated Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (one of the originators of “realism.”) It’s the story of a dysfunctional but close-knit group of artists struggling to find a way forward in the lives, loves, and work. After each performance, audience members can stay to process this story’s themes of depression and anxiety with a panel of actors, production team members, and a guest mental health professional.

Please note: That's Not How I Remember It  includes slapstick fighting sequences and mild innuendo, but is overall light and silly. The Seagull, while not without comedic moments, deals with adult themes such as family dysfunction and suicide. CTC is eager to tell this story and discuss its relevance and importance to our community, but recognizes that it is not appropriate for all viewers.

Congratulations to Cannon Theater Company for taking home six awards from the North Carolina Theater Conference (NCTC) for their one-act productions of “The Seagull” and “That’s Not How I Remember It”!

NCTC 2018 Awards:
  • Excellence in Set Choreography
  • Excellence in Stage Combat
  • Excellence in Design and Production: Stage Management – Thomas Fromke
  • Excellence in Design and Production: Assistant Direction – Zoë Smith
  • Excellence in Acting – Clint Harris
  • Excellence in Acting – Isabella Ortiz

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
February 14-16, 2019
7:00pm
 
This 2006 hit musical and winner of multiple Tony awards begins in the apartment of “Man In Chair,” a reclusive musical theater fanatic eager to play us a record of his favorite 1920s musical The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays the record and offers his own wry commentary, the wacky musical comes to life  before our eyes in spectacular fashion, serving up an irresistible concoction of sparkling old-school charm and contemporary snark.

Cannon Middle School Theater 2018-2019

Every spring, Cannon’s Middle School theater program presents plays brought to you by the 7th and 8th grade theater classes.

Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)
By Ed Monk
April 12, 2019
7pm

It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw.
 
 
Bestest Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Grandpa) (He's Silly)
By Ed Monk
April 12, 2019
7pm
Grandpa's a little out of practice when it comes to babysitting, but if he's ever going to get his bouncy grandkids to go to sleep, he's got to remember some bedtime stories fast. Or at least something pretty close to them. Meet the Witch who lives in a house made of broccoli, the magical fairies Lipitor and Miralax, and Jack who climbs a beanstalk - and needs a little help from the stage crew to get down.

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