It won’t be long before Frank Warren, creator of PostSecret.com, is right here in Charlotte at McGlohon Theater! PostSecret.com is a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, and whether you’re a huge fan already or you haven’t yet discovered it, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
PostSecret Live is a multimedia presentation by Frank Warren himself. You will see the postcards that were banned from the books, hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, and even hear some of Warren’s deepest secrets. It’s about recognizing something in yourself that you see in others. It’s about courage. Sharing in the joys and fears of others. About finding a deeper sense of authenticity or self-discovery. CLICK HERE for information about the show.
PostSecret.com has hundreds of millions of visitors, so finding local fans in Charlotte wasn’t hard. Watch the video below to find out why they love PostSecret, and why they say they will be at McGlohon Theater on March 19!
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On March 19, PostSecret Live! With Frank Warren comes to McGlohon Theater! You won’t want to miss this multimedia event by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret.com, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. It’s your chance to see postcards that were not included in the books, hear the inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, and listen to some of Frank’s secrets … or share your own. You can even meet Frank afterward during the book signing. Books that will be available for purchase include the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God.” One huge fan of PostSecret, Lexy Procuniar who lives here in Charlotte, happens to be Frank Warren’s niece! We caught up with her to learn more about this Internet phenomenon and the man behind it all. Check out what she had to say in her FanBlog below!
The first time that I saw PostSecret’s creator, Frank Warren, speak, I was astounded at how, in the midst of a crowd of hundreds, he could effectively and genuinely seek after the individual. As he spoke publicly, he ended the show by inviting others to get up and share their secrets. And there, in front of many others, people stood up and bared part of themselves that, for whatever reason, they believed they were supposed to hide in the deepest part of their soul. In one of the least personal venues possible — a public address — there were personal revelations and honest connections between strangers. It was beautiful.
Growing up, I knew Frank Warren simply as Uncle Frank: He was the kind of uncle who could do cool tricks on a yo-yo or would enthusiastically get on a skateboard. He would send you articles about topics he knew interested you, and he would ask questions that went beyond yes, no or maybe responses. He would also look me in the eyes and really listen, even though I was a child, or even though I was a teenager and going through a phase, or especially if I had a crazy idea or aspiration or dream. He wanted to know me, and more than that, he wanted to support me.
When Frank started PostSecret as a community art project, I know it came from a place of complete compassion for people he didn’t know and probably would never meet. I know that because I know how deeply compassionate Frank is. PostSecret is wonderfully artistic — the variety of the postcards both in subject matter and design is surprising, fresh and intriguing. But, I think any art of real importance has a purpose, and Frank’s purpose was to listen, to hear the thoughts that people considered their ugliest underbellies, and to connect people to each other in showing that we really aren’t as alone as we think we are. The PostSecret project has, very literally, saved lives through both its listening ear and its open discussion of suicide prevention.
As a PostSecret fan, I have sent in a secret, read the books, checked the site religiously, and even had the opportunity to see Frank’s famous postcard pyramid in person. These experiences have convinced me that PostSecret is entertaining, thought-provoking, and important because it shares the voices and stories of so many. But, I know PostSecret’s success is all a reflection of the incredible man behind it, who reads each secret and really listens. I’m grateful to call Frank Warren my uncle, and I’m more proud to call him my friend.
– Lexy Procuniar
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical is here at last! Evita opens tomorrow in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The show plays through Sunday, and if you don’t have tickets, you better hurry. CLICK HERE to nab great seats to the show that tells a passionate story featuring some of theater’s most beautiful songs.
Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — yet her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features songs like ”Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Don’t miss the stunning new production of Evita, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, that Channel 4 New York calls “The hottest ticket in town!”
Check out the clip below to get a taste of the show!
Evita plays Belk Theater Tuesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 9. CLICK HERE for show times and more information. Don’t miss your chance to experience this amazing musical!
Team Broadway, a musical theater skill development program at Spirit Square, is proving to be a huge success! The program is designed to help intermediate- to advanced-level teen performers across the Charlotte area master their skills. The group recently traveled to California to compete in the Musical Theatre Competitions of America (MTCA). They brought home a whopping total of 33 awards and we couldn’t be more proud their success and hard work!
In weekly training sessions instructed by the award-winning, professional directing team of Linda Booth and Lori Anne Sword, students employ a variety of musical numbers to strengthen vocal, dance and character development skills.
Twenty-six of the Team Broadway students participated in the Musical Theater Competitions of America held in Los Angeles Feb. 7-9.
MTCA is an educational competitive experience for high school, and middle school musical theater students that provides ensembles and individual students the opportunity to perform for experienced adjudicators in a quality theatrical venue.
“Lori Anne and Linda wanted to make this opportunity available to as many of the Team Broadway kids as possible. So, our biggest challenge was raising funds to make it accessible to even our scholarship students. Almost $15K was raised through Kickstarter, an auction and a VIP Party during our December showcases, as well as direct donations to our scholarship fund. We were able to reduce the cost of travel for all participants as well as give 3 students a full scholarship for participation,” explained a Team Broadway Spokesperson.
One of the parents of a Team Broadway student says this experience is one her child will never forget. “This will definitely help them grow as performers. It reaffirms all the training we do in Team Broadway each week, and the ability to sing for judges and then receive their feedback and incorporate it into their performances is critical for them going forward. They learned life skills through their favorite thing in the world to do – what could be better than that?”
Team Broadway will bring their skills to a Blumenthal stage in just a couple of weeks! When You Believe comes to Booth Playhouse March 12 and 13 at 8pm. The showcases feature the music of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, and are an expanded version of the 12 minute pieces they brought to competition. CLICK HERE for more information on the show. Get your tickets today!
See below for a list of awards won by Team Broadway at MTCA:
1st Place: Libby Hatfield
2nd Place: Ava Smith
3rd Place: Caroline Kasay
4th Place: Thomas Laub
1st Place: Keston Steele
2nd Place: Sierra Key
3rd Place: KC Roberge
7th Grade Solo:
1st Place: Carlyn Head
8th Grade Solo
1st Place: Katlyn Gonzalez
2nd Place: Liam Pearce
3rd Place: Caroline Farley
4th Place: Sophie Hardy
Middle School Duets
1st Place: Katlyn Gonzalez and Rixey Terry
2nd Place: Sophie Hardy and Liam Pearce
3rd Place: Tessa Giordano and Caroline Farley
4th Place: Carlyn Head and Jessie Sherman
High School Duets Freshman/Sophomore
1st Place: Julia Kelly and Susannah Upchurch
High School Duets Junior/Senior
1st Place: Keston Steele and KC Roberge
2nd Place: Sierra Key and Caroline Kasay
3rd Place: Joey Kennedy and Emma VanDeVelde
4th Place: Thomas Laub and Matt Mitchell
Middle School Outstanding Male Vocalist in a Musical Revue
High School Outstanding Male Vocalist in a Musical Revue
High School Outstanding Male Dancer in an Ensemble
High School Outstanding Female Vocalist in an Ensemble
High School Outstanding Female Vocalist in a Musical Revue
High School Revue
1st Place – Magical Musicals of Stephen Schwartz Teen City Stage / Team Broadway
High School Advanced Ensemble
1st Place – Once on this Island Teen City Stage / Team Broadway
Middle School Revue
2nd Place: Menken Music Teen City Stage / Team Broadway
Triple Threat High School Ensemble
Triple Threat High School Revue
Triple Threat Middle School Revue
Sweepstakes – Highest overall score when participating in at least 3 categories
Teen City Stage / Team Broadway
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines … Direct from Broadway comes Newsies. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics calling it “a musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance.
One show-stopping number from the show is the ballad “Santa Fe.” Click on the video below to hear a live, stripped down version sung by Jeremy Jordan of the original Broadway cast.
Don’t miss Newsies when it comes in 2015! Get your 2014-15 Broadway Lights Series Season Tickets today and receive FREE parking. Click here for more details.
The PNC Celebrity Series brings Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour to Belk Theater tonight! The sold-out show is two-hours of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture and, for the first time … live music. Audience interaction is strictly enforced throughout the evening, though if you’re called upon as a culinary assistant you’ll definitely want to take the lab coat Brown offers, as things tend to get messy. Brown has worked his weird magic on live audiences across the nation for more than a decade but this is the first time he’s actually hit the road with a live tour. The entire family will have a blast, especially as you sing along with Brown’s soon to be hits “Airport Shrimp Blues” and “TV Cookin Ain’t Like No Other Cookin.” Didn’t get tickets? Check at box office in lobby of Belk Theater for any last-minute availability.
Also this week, The Mountaintop plays its final performances in Booth Playhouse. There are only four more chances to see this gripping play that imagines the final night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the show many call thought-provoking and inspiring. CLICK HERE to read all about it and to buy tickets. Prices begin at only $24.50. Post-show Talk Backs with the cast will take place at the Thursday and Friday performances.
As part of the PNC Celebrity Series, Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary science antics to Belk Theater on Monday, Feb. 24! The two-hour show is a blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first time… live music. Hopefully you already have your tickets but if not, CLICK HERE to check for any last minute availability.
Audience interaction is strictly enforced throughout the evening, though if you’re called upon as a culinary assistant you’ll definitely want to take the lab coat Brown offers, as things tend to get messy. Brown has worked his weird magic on live audiences across the nation for over a decade but this is the first time he’s actually hit the road with a live tour. The entire family will have a blast, especially as you sing along with Brown’s soon-to-be hits “Airport Shrimp Blues” and “TV Cookin Ain’t Like No Other Cookin.”
Are you a huge Alton Brown fan? Then what’s more fun than winning some Alton Brown goodies? We are giving away ”Alton’s Grilling Essentials,” which includes heat-resistant gloves, a T. Rex flame-tamer spray bottle and a pair of tongs!
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Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you’re an Alton Brown fan! Use the subject line: Alton Giveaway! A winner will be selected at noon Monday, Feb. 24 and notified via email. PLEASE NOTE: Prize cannot be mailed. Winner must pick up in Uptown Charlotte.