Community Cue: Conversations Inspired by the Stage

This series of free events, open to the general public, welcomes the community to explore a theme or topic inspired by an upcoming show. Community Cues elicit impactful conversation from attendees around these themes, with moderated events featuring local experts, teaching artists or members of the featured production's cast, crew or creative team. Community Cues take place at community sites around the Charlotte region, as well as at Blumenthal venues. 

Bring more voices to the conversation! Know a great location for a Community Cue or want to host? Email educationdepartment@blumenthalarts.org.


What to be the first to know about new Community Cues events? Sign up below to join the email list!




Current Offerings

Check back soon for details on our next Community Cue and become part of the conversation. 

Past Offerings

Step Afrika! We Step, We Tour, We Teach

Want to know more about the mind of Step Afrika? Please join us and our friends at Studio 229 on Brevard at the Brooklyn Collective in our conversation with Step Afrika’s founder, C. Brian Williams!

Community Cues are free events that are open to the public. In these settings, the community is open to explore themes and topics inspired by an upcoming show. Space will be limited as we gather responsibly!

Motown & More

Blumenthal Performing Arts would like to extend an opportunity to the learners and music lovers of the community. Most know of the celebrity performers; few know of the incredible musicians of the Motor City who supported these artists. They were known as the Funk Brothers! Join us for this engaging experience to celebrate the musical influences and the musicians of Motown with a live ensemble of some of Charlotte’s finest musicians! Come reminisce, listen, learn, dance, and sing to some of Motown’s most memorable songs!

Seasons of Love

Join us for a deep dialogue into themes presented in the musical RENT. The dialogue will center around the history of the AIDS epidemic, the awareness of those living and thriving today despite the virus. We’ll examine the stigma placed on individuals and those allied with the LGBTQ+ community historically and currently within families, faith communities and our society at large. Another thread highlighted in RENT is the lack of affordable housing and community displacement for segments of the population and how this still affects our city today. Resources and organizations will be made available for those wanting to connect with others and learn how to engage to become the change one longs to see in the world. 

Wicked: A story has more than one side...

Welcome Storytellers! 

Things may not be what they seem!

This engaging 60-minute experience explores what happens when the truth is unveiled in the “stock stories” we thought we knew and cherished. We’ll explore dispelling a few myths behind illusions of wickedness utilizing historical and present examples. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a fractured fairy tale and re-tell a stock story from another perspective.