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Concrete Generation at Once Upon a Festival, $5 off

Posted on 11 Jun 2009 by Rhi Bowman

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photo: Rhi Bowman; view this photo on Flickr

Concrete Generation, part of Charlotte’s two-time national award winning Slam Charlotte poetry team, participated in this week’s ongoing Once Upon a Festival events at Theater Charlotte last night.

The poets covered topics ranging from humorous bits about life in the South to pleas for everyone to sing their own song to weighty comments on organized religion and 9/11. The six-year-old group’s performance served as a hometown preview of the poems they will use to defend their title at the National Poetry Slam this August in West Palm Beach, Fla.

That’s not the only goal the group has their sights set on, though. They are also raising money for a trip to Edinburg, Scotland, where they hope to perform “Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.),” a production created by Concrete Generation and promoted by On Q Production.

They encourage supporters’ to donate to their cause through the “I’ve got five on it” campaign where they suggest folks offer five dollars toward their cause. (You can donate via PayPal by following a link at the bottom of this page.)

Charlotteans can see the group perform Miles & Coltrane: Blue June 27 at Booth Playhouse. They hope the show will eventually make its way to Broadway.

But that’s not all: The Fairies are five dollars off!

That’s right, Once Upon a Festival continues tonight with a performance of “The Fairy Tale Chronicles.”

And, as a friend of CLT Blog, you can get $5 off at the door … if you know the code.

CLT Blog’s own Crystal Dempsey worked out a deal with Donna Scott Productions. To take advantage, all you have to do is say, “I’m an FoC,” at the door. The coupon is good for Friday, June, 12, show.

So far, Donna Scott says the festival and play are a great success. The idea, which sparked with her, was quickly shared with area writers. Now, the production is proud to say that every part of it is locally produced.

Scott says one measure of their success are the theater’s schedules near the entryway. “We’ve had to refill the schedules twice this week,” she said, proud to be part of many local resident’s first exposure to the theater.

The festival isn’t over yet.

The Fairy Tale Chronicles,” billed as satirical, re-envisioned fairy tales, will take the stage three more times this week: Tonight through Saturday. The shows starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for children, $19 for seniors and students, $21 for everyone else … before the FoC* coupon.

Also, 12 teens will share their views and observations about Charlotte’s future on Sat., June 13 at 2 p.m. as part of The Crossroads Teen Theatre Project. This event is free.

Check out some photos from last night’s slam:

*FoC stands for “Friends of Crystal” or, as the case may be, CLT Blog.

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