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 Arts venues. 

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The Kite Runner

Join us for a Q&A with members of the cast and crew of The Kite Runner, a stirring new play based on the internation best-selling book by Khaled Hosseini. We recommend the show and this event for ages 14+.

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Past Offerings

 

Message in a Bottle

Unlike other Q&A style Community Cues, we were lucky to have the two Dance Captains and the Stage Manager from Message in a Bottle, a moving piece of dance theater, which tells the story of a family ripped apart while seeking refuge from the war being waged in their homeland. This conversation provided an interesting peek into the life of a professional dancer and how the creative process differs from that of a Broadway musical.

I Am Queen Charlotte

It’s how queens do lunch! Held in the mezzanine lobby of the beautiful Belk Theater, we heard from the Hasan sisters, the creative minds behind I Am Queen Charlotte. They were joined on the panel by Deborah Phillips of Block Love Charlotte and Hon. Aretha Blake, as they shared their stories and behind-the-scenes details on the creative process of the I Am Queen series.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Our Education Department hosted a moderated Q&A with two company members and Artistic Director, Robert Garland. The moderated portion of the event was followed by questions from the audience and photos with the artist at this Community Cue, held at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for Arts + Culture.

Black Notes Project -- School is in Session with Professor Mad Skillz!

Featuring hip hop legend, Mad Skillz, this Community Cue led audience members on an educational and highly entertaining look at Black music through the lens of a hip hop aficionado. Skillz is a rapper, DJ, producer, host of the Real Hip Hop Confessions podcast, and Artist in Residence at the University of Richmond.

Funny Girl

The audience took part in a Q&A with cast members from the tour of the dazzling Broadway biographical musical based on the life of Fanny Brice. Lunch was provided and the event was presented at and in partnership with the Levine Jewish Community Center.

This Land is My Land; Here From Afar

We were joined in conversation by the creators of the highly impactful, locally produced play, THIS LAND IS MY LAND: HERE FROM AFAR, which tells the true stories of some of Charlotte’s most well-known community members with deep roots in countries from around the world. 

FELA! The Concert

In partnership with Su Casa Charlotte, WE LOVE FELA was held at NoDa Company Canteen at Camp North End and featured a DJ, face painting, love painting and food trucks.