Get ready to mark your new calendar as Lake Norman's theatre scene is something you can't pass up. Every year, the Davidson Community Players and Davidson College Performing Arts offer great performances featuring local talent. It comprises two divisions that connect with both the adult and youth audience. You can also explore a variety of live shows at Cain Center for the Arts for the 2024 season! If you're planning a trip or are around the area, you must check out these upcoming shows!

Davidson Community Players

Davidson Community Players - Main Stage

Fun Home (Feb. 22-March 11)

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home recreates the art of musical theatre as something that can capture the pain, awe, and joy of the living rooms where we grew up. As Alison becomes more aware of her own identity, she develops a deeper understanding of the struggles her father faced as a man incapable of being truly himself.

9 to 5 The Musical (June 20-30)

In an increasingly polarized world, few celebrities cross all imaginable demographics as perfectly as Dolly Parton. Country music icon, children's advocate, and all-around awesome human, Dolly brings her signature songwriting pluck to this adaptation of her empowering 1980 movie about three women turning the man's world of the modern office into their own.

Ripcord (July 18-28)

The award-winning playwright of Rabbit Hole returns to his comic roots with Ripcord, an endlessly surprising tale of two unlikely roommates in a senior living facility who engage in an epic series of pranks. As each tries to outwit the other, we begin to observe a moving portrait of two women with as much to reconcile on the inside as on the outside. 

The Humans (September 26-October 13)

As the holiday season approaches, one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory arrives to remind us that family gatherings aren't always easy. In The Humans, Stephen Karam documents the distinctly present-day Blake clan as a symbol of the disappearing middle class, with millennial children facing struggles their parents never faced while the parents also witness their promised safety vanish before them.

Miss Bennett Christmas at Pemberley (December 5-15)

A "sequel" to Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, Pemberley continues the story, only this time with a bookish middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.


Davidson Community Players

Davidson Community Players - Connie Company

Frozen JR. The Musical (January 25-27)

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. 

Dragons Love Tacos (April 26-May 6)

A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the 'Dos and Don'ts' of what to serve dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa... watch out!

Matilda Jr The Musical (November 1-10)

Her cruel parents unlove Matilda, and her school life isn't completely smooth sailing, the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils' saving grace!


Duke Family Performance Hall

Davidson College Performing Arts

Bright Star (March 20-24)

When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past - and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.


Cain Center for the Arts

Cain Center for the Arts

Forever Young (February 16-17)

Set in a music-filled suburban basement, this unbelievable, heartfelt true story is guaranteed to take you back to the first time you pushed play, tuned in, and set the needle down. Features songs by Billy Joel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Micheal Jackson, Bon Jovi, and many more; this multi-award-winning producing is jam-packed with powerhouse vocals, dynamite choreography, and one sensational true story that is guaranteed to make you feel forever young.

Dinosaur World Live (March 29-30)

Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favorite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, a Giraffatitan, a Micropator, and a Segnosaurus! A special meet and greet after the show offers all the brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend. 

Buckets N Boards (May 11)

Buckets N Boards is a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of amazing percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation, and an incredible variety of musical talents. 


As you can see, Lake Norman has a variety of shows you don't want to miss! Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as sellouts have become pretty common. You can even purchase season passes to ensure you get a seat at every show or build your own multi-show package. Don't forget to tag us in your photos @visitlakenorman on social media!