Piedmont Players presents The Lion King, JR.

Music & Lyrics by Tim Rice & Elton John
Additional Music & Lyrics by Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, & Jay Rifkin
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor
Directed by Titus Quinn
Music Directed by Jenny Carrol & Laura Raynor-Williams
Choreographed by Krystal Stukes

THE LION KING, JR. is based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same
name. The Lion King is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is
next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a thriving and beautiful region in the African
savanna. When Simba’s father Mufasa is killed by his uncle Scar, though, Simba is led to
believe that his father’s death is his fault, and he is encouraged to run away forever.
Scar seizes power and with his already unstable mind deteriorating, the Pride Lands
experiences a darkness and desolation from which only Simba can save the animals of
the kingdom. Featuring classic songs from the film such as “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t
Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” The Lion King
is a story and a spectacle about identity, family, and responsibility that is enjoyed
worldwide by people of all ages.

Piedmont Players Theatre’s cast includes: CJ Benjamin as Simba, Kara Holt as Nala, Sari
Lewin as Rafiki, Isaac Welch as Zazu, Isaiah M. Walker as Mufasa, Mary-Ellen A. Rakin as
Scar, Finley Driggers as Timon, Aidan Melton as Pumbaa, Kimora Cooper as Shenzi,
Asher Pethel as Banzai, Jackson Walters as Ed, Keira Coley as Sarabi, Zana Smyre-Rouse
as Sarafina, and Kayla Graham, Jada Neely, Shiloh Ricks, Londyn Williams, Vida S. Mejia,
Ariyana Walker, Trinity C. McCormick, Keianna Holliday, Thierry Agnant, Jamel Freeman,
Teague Rowland, Thomas Freeman, Amira Priester, Daleiah Waters, Annagail Murray,
June Tilley, Z’Laya Stockton as ensemble.

PRODUCING PARTNER: Bill & Shari Graham

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, September 16 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 18 at 2:30 PM
Friday, September 23 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 PM
Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 01 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 02 at 2:30 PM


Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

VENUE
The Norvell Theater
135 E Fisher Street
Salisbury, NC 28144


TICKETS
Tickets: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors/students/military.
Tickets are available at www.piedmontplayers.com or by calling 704.633.5471


PRESS: For more information, please visit the Piedmont Players Theatre website
or contact Executive Director Bradley Moore directly at bradley.moore@piedmontplayers.com.

Saturday kids’ parade open to public

By Elisabeth Strillacci

Parade Map Route
Graphic by Andy Mooney, Salisbury Post

SALISBURY — Local children are invited to join a kids’ parade through downtown Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m.

Bring bikes, tricycles, wagons and strollers decorated in red, white and blue for a celebration. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated and best dressed.

Participants, who are not required to register, will kick off the walk with the pledge of allegiance by the flag pole at city hall, and historical figures, such as Daniel Boone, will greet children along the way.

The parade is for all ages and even for pets, though children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No motorized vehicles are permitted.

The parade will begin at the back parking lot of city hall, 217 S. Main St. and conclude at the corner of Fisher and South Main streets.

New Hallmark Movie Filming in Historic North Carolina City

Salisbury is providing the backdrop for a new feel-good film.

Meghan Overdeep, Senior Staff Writer
By Meghan Overdeep Updated June 29, 2022 (Southern Living)
CREDIT: THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES
CREDIT: THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES

Hallmark is currently filming a new movie in charming Salisbury, North Carolina.  

Production on the forthcoming drama called To Her With Love kicked off this week. It’s reportedly the first movie to film in the city known as the birthplace of Cheerwine since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to Queen City News, filming will take place across the city— inside Salisbury High School, in the downtown area, and on the 400 block of Fulton Street—through Friday. 

“I think that this being a Hallmark movie makes it more of a quaint feel, and so they wanted more of a quaint location. And I think Salisbury definitely serves that,” Salisbury communications director Linda McElroy told the local news outlet.

The 65-person production hired a few locals as production assistants, and even put out a casting call for extras. 

“When I heard the movie, it got all of us excited,” an extra named Paula told Queen City News. “Even the mail lady.”

Hallmark has yet to share details on the movie, but we’ll provide updates as we get them!

Hallmark movie to be filmed in Salisbury next week

Road closures, detours expected along South Fulton, West Horah, Main, and Fisher streets.

By David Whisenant

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – A made-for-TV Hallmark movie is set to film in various locations in Salisbury next week, according to the City of Salisbury.

The production may affect travel near Salisbury High School, homes along the 400 block of South Fulton Street, and the 100 block of East Fisher Street, Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 1. Intermittent road closures also may occur on Saturday, July 2 along South Fulton Street. Detour signage will be in place.

Expected road closures and/or traffic shifts include:

Tuesday, June 28

400 Block of South Fulton Street from West Monroe to West Horah Streets

300 block of West Horah Street from South Fulton to South Jackson Streets

Wednesday, June 29 (and possibly Saturday, July 2)

400 Block of South Fulton Street from West Monroe to West Horah Streets

300 block of West Horah Streets from South Fulton to South Jackson Streets

Friday, July 1

200 block of South Main Street from Bank to Fisher Streets

100 block of East Fisher Street from South Main to South Lee Streets

Residents, merchants and downtown visitors will have access to homes and businesses during filming.

An air date for the movie is unknown.

Salisbury’s Social District debuts Friday, July 1

SALISBURY, N.C. (Thursday, June 23, 2022) – The Downtown Salisbury Social District (DSSD) becomes official Friday, July 1, after months of preparation, discussion, merchant information sessions and final City Council approval.

               A social district is a designated area in which alcoholic beverages are allowed to be carried in open containers on the street. Salisbury’s Social District follows the passing of the Bring Business Back to Downtown Bill by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, which aims to increase economic vitality in North Carolina downtowns.

               Beginning Friday, July 1, downtown visitors will be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage in a special DSSD cup from an ABC-permitted, participating business. Participating businesses, including retailers that allow drinks into their stores, will feature a “Downtown Salisbury Social District” sticker at the door/window.

               DSSD boundary signs will be posted along the route over the next few days. A boundary map also is available on the Downtown Salisbury website, and accessed via the QR code on all social district signs. Drinks must be consumed within the social district and before entering any vehicle.

               Visitors may stroll within the district Monday through Sunday between noon and midnight. Within Bell Tower Green Park, Monday through Sunday, as follows:

  • November 1 through March 1: between 5 p.m. and park closing
  • March 2 through October 31: between 6 p.m. and park closing

               Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed or sold during and within the boundary of a public street festival, during a special event sponsored by the City of Salisbury, or within the boundary of Bell Tower Green Park when the event is permitted and held per city ordinance. This does not prohibit the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages within Bell Tower Green Park pursuant to a properly licensed and permitted event.

               Violations of social district rules should be reported to the Salisbury Police Department at 911.

               For more information, lists of participating businesses and rules and regulations, visit downtownsalisburync.com/socialdistrict.

As a Main Street America™ accredited program, Downtown Salisbury is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America. Please visit us on the web at www.downtownsalisburync.com.

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Piedmont Players presents:

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
Directed by Jonathan Ewart

The Savannah Sipping Society is a hilarious comedy where four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their d ay- to- day routines, are draw n tog ether by fate— and an impromptu happy hour— and decide it ’ s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ v e lost through the years. These women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. They discover lasting friendships, a renewed determination to live in the moment, and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

Piedmont Players Theatre’s cast includes: Corinne Mauldin as Randa; Melissa Bowden as MarlaFaye; Winnie Mikkelson as Jinx, and Robin Rogers as Dot.

Producing Partner: Eric Slipp

Performance Schedule:

Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PMSaturday, April 23 at 7:30 PMSunday, April 24 at 2:30 PM
Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PMSaturday, April 30 at 7:30 PMSunday, May 01 at 2:30 PM
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Venue: The Meroney Theater 213 S Main Street Salisbury, NC 28144

Tickets:

Tickets: $23 for adults; $21 for seniors/students/military.

Tickets are available at www.piedmontplayers.com or by calling 704.633.5471

Wine About Winter 2022 … in flip-flops and tank tops

Wine About Winter

Returns June 3, 2022!

The 9th annual wine tasting crawl event in Historic Downtown Salisbury, NC is BACK and will take place on Friday, June 3 from 5PM-9PM.

Tour the wines of Rowan County, North Carolina and beyond right here in Downtown Salisbury during our 8th annual wine tasting crawl! 

Ticket includes a tasting pass with access to 20 wine samples from locations of your choice, signature Wine About Winter tasting glass, and special Wine About Winter wine carrying bag.- 21+ Show ID –

Enjoy this event as a night out with friends or make it a date night! Participating shops and restaurants in Downtown Salisbury will each be assigned a specific wine. Ticket holders will travel from place to place to sample wines. No wine may be consumed outside of the location it is served. Free trolley shuttle services will be provided for quick travel to all locations.

Tickets are $24.50 per person in advance and $32 on event day, if not sold out. *additional processing fees and tax not included. Wine About Winter tickets include:

AGE RESTRICTION: All ticket holders must be 21 years old or above. State issued photo I.D. showing date of birth required for each ticket holder in order to pick up your tickets (regardless of age). Each individual ticket holder must be present when checking in or purchasing tickets .

Ticket holders will check in at the Paul E. Fisher Gateway Building (Visitors Center) located at 204 E. Innes St. Doors will open at 4pm.

OVERNIGHT STAY HOTEL PACKAGES – more detailed information COMING SOON.

  • one (1) souvenir wine glass
  • one (1) Wine About Winter souvenir wine bag
  • walking map
  • wristband

‘All ships rise with the rising tide’: Downtown bar, restaurant owners view social district as good opportunity

Natalie Anderson/Salisbury Post — Downtown bar and restaurant owners gather at New Sarum Brewing on North Lee Street Tuesday in a discussion with Downtown Salisbury Inc. to discuss the implementation of a social drinking district.

By Natalie Anderson
natalie.anderson@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Downtown bar and restaurant owners still reeling from the economic effects of the pandemic say they see the potential for a downtown social district to lift all ships on a rising tide.

A social district would allow consumers to purchase alcohol from state-licensed businesses and restaurants and walk around the designated district with specially marked cups. The ability for municipalities to implement such a district comes from legislation passed in the General Assembly during last year’s legislative session, House Bill 890.

Downtown Salisbury Inc., which is working to establish the district, met with downtown bar and restaurant owners Tuesday to discuss the proposal they plan to bring forward to City Council next month. DSI Board of Directors member Samantha Haspel told the Post DSI has already discussed this idea with downtown merchants. So, Tuesday’s discussion primarily included logistical questions about implementation.

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Downtown Salisbury vying for $25K Cash Prize in national contest recognizing America’s Main Streets and their “Road to Recovery”

 Salisbury residents encouraged to vote now to advance Downtown Salisbury

Vote For A Deserving Main Street

Downtown Salisbury is in the running to capture a $25,000 cash prize in the “Independent We Stand,” Main Street small-business program. Salisbury residents, business owners and visitors are encouraged to vote for Downtown Salisbury in the quarterfinals at https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/nominees before Sunday, Nov. 7.

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Sada Stewart Troutman assumes Downtown Development role

Sada Stewart Troutman

Sada Stewart Troutman will assume the role of Downtown Salisbury, Inc. (DSI)/Downtown Development Director, following a comprehensive candidate search. Her first day in the new role is Monday, Nov. 29.

As director, Stewart Troutman will lead the three-person Downtown Development team, who manages initiatives to improve, preserve, and enhance the overall appearance and economic vitality of Downtown Salisbury. The team operates as a City of Salisbury department with a direct relationship with DSI and its board of directors as part of the semi-public/private partnership with the Main Street program.

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