Charlotte Is Creative 3 Things About The State Of Our Stages

We’ve mentioned it before, the pandemic has been rough on stages, both across the country and in our community. Today we are getting an update on our stages thanks to our friends from Charlotte is Creative. Tim Miner and Matt Olin joined us on QC@3 to talk about three stages in the Queen City.  

  1. Paige’s Giving Tree Online Event Thursday Night: Tomorrow, September 17th marks the birthday of Paige Johnston Thomas. She did a lot of work on Charlotte’s stages. She was a casting director, a theater director, and earlier this year she lost her battle with cancer. In honor of her life’s legacy, the board of the Paige Johnston Thomas Giving Tree is hosting a 45-minute virtual gala at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook Live. It will feature a ton of accomplished Charlotte creatives and the announcement of multiple scholarships and programs for budding artists.
  2. The Neighborhood Theatre Art Auction: The Neighborhood Theatre has had a tough time during COVID. Before the pandemic hit, The theatre had an act come in and break apart their 20-year-old stage. So, they needed to replace that and it was in the works. They decided not to waste the stage, so they carved it up and they ask artists if they wanted to create a work of art on the pieces of plywood. They’ve had 50 artists respond so far and it keeps growing. These pieces of art will be posted on Instagram and starting tomorrow you can bid in increments of $10 for these beautiful masterpieces. All the money will go to sustain The Neighborhood Theatre.
  3. The State of Our Stages Photo Shoot: Charlotte is Creative commissioned a local photographer to capture pictures of empty theatres. Tim says, “stages need actors and backstage needs stagehands and just to see it, it really shows we’ve got to invest in these theatres and keep them going so that we can get back in those seats and watch incredible performances”.

Breaking News: Tim and Matt shared some exciting news with us about the Mecklenburg CARES for Arts, Culture & Creativity Fund. You can read more about that, here!


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