Unlike many small towns, Davidson, North Carolina is booming with small family-owned businesses. The Davidson Community Players has been putting on performances for over 50 years at the downtown Armour Street Theatre. This group is devoted to keeping theatre alive in small town America. Their goal is to preserve creativity not only for adult actors but through their youth organization, The Connie Company. The Connie Company offers classes and performances year-round, as well as acting camps throughout the summer months.
The Davidson Community Players were established in 1965 with their first production of an original play, Time of Harvest. This play was written by the husband of the first director, Connie Welsh, who would remain the organizer for the first fifteen years of the Players’ existence. During that time, the Davidson Community Players performed many famous plays like Our Town by Thorton Wilder, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee. At that time, the company put on one or two productions a year that ran only for a weekend.
In the early ’80s, Welsh moved to Charlotte, leaving the company in the hands of many thespians that cared deeply to keep the Davidson Community Players alive. These people also helped them grow both in their art, as well as their name. Throughout that decade, many exciting things happened. The Davidson Community Players became an official non-profit, expanded their running times and directed their first children’s play in collaboration with the Davidson College Theater Department. They also started hiring set designers, stage directors, and technical coordinators to make their shows more professional.
Kim Beard became Executive Director in 1989. During her ten years as Executive Director, 23 plays were produced. Karen Sorenson took over that positions, and then Ciny Rice, who acquired the Armour Street Theatre and bolstered the DCP’s education programs.
At the beginning of the 2016 season, the Davidson Community Players put on a performance of Outside the Wire. This powerful performance, written by Jimi Stanton, is about men and women who serve overseas in the military. The show ran from February 25th through March 13th.
This summer, the whole family will enjoy the performance of Singin’ in the Rain. Anyone who is a fan of the original movie will love this adaptation written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Singin’ in the Rain will run from June 16th through the 26th at the Duke Family Performance Hall.
Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway is a comedy all about a man and his love for golf and adventures in love and life. The performance runs from July 14th through the 24th at the Duke Family Performance Hall.
This fall, the Armour Street Theatre will show Over the River and Through the Woods. This play, written by Joe DiPietro, is about a man who is offered his dream job and the antics his family pulls to keep him around. The performance will have the whole family laughing. The show will run from September 29th through October 16th.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a seasonal performance. Holly & Tinsel will run from December 1st through the 18th at Armour Street Theatre. This world premiere musical, written by Matt Merrell, is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Reserved Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors, and $17 for students. Many shows sell out prior to opening night. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 704-892-7953.
Seeing a performance by the Davidson Community Players is a must on your visit to the Davidson area. The Davidson Village Inn is located in downtown Davidson, within walking distance of their main theater. Breakfast each morning features local coffee and local baked goods along with fresh fruit, cereal, and yogurt. For reservation information or to inquire about our current specials, please give us a call at 704-892-8044. We look forward to hosting you on your North Carolina getaway.