Updates, Ticket Policy & Info

For the first time in its fifty-five year history, Davidson Community Players will not produce theater on the campus of Davidson College this summer. With regret but resolve, the Davidson Community Players Board of Directors voted unanimously at its May meeting to cancel its summer productions, Sister Act the musical, and comedy Present Laughter by Noel Coward. Both shows were slated to perform at the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.

DCP Executive Director Matt Merrell expressed that the uncertain availability of venues, as well as the challenge of mounting productions that respect social distancing and sanitizing guidelines for audience, actors, and the production team, made clear the choice to cancel the summer season. He added that DCP is also canceling its summer youth programs and furloughing most of the non-profit’s staff for the summer.

“We are disappointed for sure, but looking ahead, we hope to resume our productions at the Armour Street Theater in the fall” said board chair Cat Rutledge. “While the pandemic has unquestionably damaged our financial status, the company will go on. We are reaching out to patrons and season sponsors via email regarding options for refunds, credits, or donations with regard to their support for this summer’s season,” added Rutledge.

DCP joins theaters across the globe that have gone dark due to the threat of COVID-19, including local companies like CPCC and Children’s Theater that produce shows in the summer.

“Like Broadway, we hope to turn the lights back on in September,” Merrell said, “but we will be making those decisions down the line, according to CDC and state and local guidelines.”

Since its first production in 1965, Time of Harvest, DCP has brought theater to our region every summer for 54 years — and expanded to a year-long season in 2010. The rich history of the award-winning company reflects the growth and change in the Lake Norman region over that half-century, including performances and volunteer work by community members ranging from Davidson College presidents to lawyers, teachers, merchants, realtors, and cabinet makers. Over the years, the Players have produced the work of many leading playwrights, including Anton Chekov, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, among others.

The Thornton Wilder American classic, Our Town, has been staged twice. Don Kimmel, Davidson College emeritus biology professor, was in both productions, playing Doc Gibbs in 1971 and the Stage Manager in 1987.

“We never imagined in the early days what a force this company would become, and how lucky we were to have both the cultural and performance opportunities over the years,” Kimmel said. “It’s quite a story.”

Davidson Community Players’ 55th season adds to this story, as the first ever to be cancelled. Other firsts have been good news, like the first musical, The Music Man in 1991, and the creation of a children’s theater group, the Connie Company, in 1996.

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PLEASE NOTE: As of December 2015, we have moved to Reserved Seating for our Main Stage productions. Connie Company productions will remain General Admission.

Exchanges and refunds

•    Please note that ALL tickets are non-refundable.

•    Tickets are also subject to a $5.00 change fee per order.

•    Season Subscribers and some donor levels may exchange tickets free of charge if they contact us prior to the scheduled performance, please call 704-892-7953 or email boxoffice@davidsoncommunityplayers.org with your information. You can always leave a message as we monitor the voicemail up until 90 minutes prior to the curtain. Subject to ticket availability.

Night of the show
•    Ticket Reservations (unpaid tickets) are released 48 hours prior to performance.

•    We do allow Stand-By sells at every show. Be aware Stand-By Tickets are subject to availability.

•    Latecomers will be offered available seating.

Ticket Sales
•    Season Subscriptions go on sale for shows in November when the new season is announced. You may purchase a Season ticket (either Main Stage Full Season, Main Stage Pick 3, or Connie Company) through this website on TICKETS or you may call the box office at 704-892-7953. Individual Tickets will go on sale January 1st.

   Everyone attending the performance must have a ticket, regardless of age. 

    Armour Street Theatre can seat approx. 108 people depending on the stage set up. Please be aware that Armour Street shows may sell out prior to the show opening. Ticket sales are handled through on this website on TICKETS or you may call our box office at 704-892-7953.

•    Duke Family Performance Hall can seat approx. 530 people depending on the stage and orchestra set up. This theatre is on the campus of Davidson College, but the college does not handle DCP ticket sales. Please order on TICKETS or call us 704-892-7953 to purchase tickets.

•    A note about infants and toddlers at performances. While we welcome children at our Connie Company shows, having infants and toddlers in our audience can take away from the attention of the audience members and cause distractions for the actors. Please see our recommended age guidelines for each show listed on the ticketing page.  

Ticket Types
•    Main Stage: Beginning December 2015, DCP will move to a Reserved Seating ticket for Main Stage shows. This means you will purchase a ticket with an actual seat number.

•    Connie Company: These performances will remain General Admission.

•    Age definitions: Student is defined as under 21 yrs. Senior is defined as over 65 yrs.

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