Supporting and Encouraging the Arts in Stanly County since 1974

Honk!, JR

Presented by The Talent Company
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Kindergarten and 1st  Graders

Honk! Jr, is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

The Talent Company was created in 2005 as a musical theater group by four friends who met backstage during the Uwharrie Players production of South Pacific.  Their first show, “Wicked:  If the Hat Fits…” premiered on Dec. 3, 2005.  Over the years the Talent Company has grown to an authentic non-profit theater organization for young people and the young at heart to enjoy together something that they love to do!Not only will the second and third graders see some of their favorite story characters come to life, but they will also see some of their own friends and classmates on stage. This show will be a great encouragement for children to get involved with the performing arts.

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Dideridoo Down Under
Thursday, October 5, 2017
4th & 6th Graders

Mike Wiley

​One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
7th & 8th Graders

Cultural Education Program 2017-2018!

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to our 2016-2017 CEP! This year's program series will include PreK through 10th grades! This program is presented in partnership with Stanly County Schools, the Stanly County Partnership for Children, and the Grassroots Grant Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Didgeridoo Down Under is an Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, art, science, literacy development, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, motivational speaking and audience participation. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is much more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and highly entertaining … for all ages!

Rob Thomas is a true didgeridoo pioneer in the U.S. He has been making and playing didgeridoos for 20+ years; has performed throughout the country; has recorded several CDs; and has produced music for numerous films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. He collaborates on many of these projects with his wife and fellow DDU performer, Tanya Gerard.  Tanya, who grew up in Australia, is a true didgeridoo pioneer in the U.S. She has been playing and painting didgeridoos for 20+ years.  Tanya also has written a children’s book, The Adventures of the Wild Wild Wolf(, and is working on a sequel, hopefully to be printed in 2017.

Rob and Tanya tour nationwide and perform at hundreds of venues annually, including schools, libraries, colleges and corporate events. Rob was born in California, has traveled extensively abroad, and lived in Australia for more than a year. Rob and Tanya lived in Santa Fe, N.M., for 22 years before moving to North Carolina in 2013 to work full-time with Didgeridoo Down Under. They are especially excited to help kids become better global citizens through motivational messages about character building, environmentalism and literacy. Rob and Tanya live with their five dogs deep in the enchanted forests and mountains of western NC.  

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The Arts Council is excited to bring the Cultural Education Program directly to each individual high school with Scott Ainslee.  Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian, storyteller, and songwriter. A musician all his life, Ainslie took up guitar at age 15 about five weeks after hearing Virginia Bluesman John Jackson play a couple of songs in the middle of one of Mike Seeger’s concerts in Alexandria, VA in 1967. Ainslie continued to graduate Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Washington & Lee University but his greatest love was studying with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as black Gospel and Blues musicians.
Ainslie transcribed the original recordings and published a book on Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson, Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992), and recorded an instructional DVD on Johnson’s guitar work, Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques (Hal Leonard, 1997). Ainslie has six solo CDs to his name and maintains an active recording, performing and teaching schedule that carries him around the country, to Canada, and to Europe.
Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting and presenting traditional music. These include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Folklife Section of the NC Arts Council. He was presented with the annual Independent Weekly Triangle Arts Award; the National Slide Guitar Festivals’ Living Heritage Award; and the 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award.
As a traditional musician with expertise in both the Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo tradition, and Piedmont and Delta Blues, Ainslie has specialized in performing and presenting programs on the African roots of American music and culture in concert, community, and educational settings. His concerts offer us a personality, a moment in history, a vignette to entice us into a song and to give that song a chance to wake and breathe among us like a living thing.

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Timmy & Susana Abell
April 24, 2018

2nd & 3rd Graders

Timmy Abell is a nationally recognized children’s recording and touring artist who has spent 30 years presenting concerts of music and storytelling for young people and families.  He is a recipient of the NC Arts Council’s Fellowship for Songwriting and has received the highest national awards for his recordings, including Parent’s Choice and NAPPA Gold and The American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recording Awards.  Timmy’s concerts feature music played on seven instruments (including hammered dulcimer, English concertina, guitar, banjo, bowed psaltery and penny whistle) and a repertoire of both traditional and original songs, instrumental compositions and stories.  Timmy’s concerts have been presented by The Kennedy Center, The National Theater, The JFK Library, The Peace Center, Picolo Spoleto, Merlefest and in countless concert halls, theaters and schools in more than 20 states. Timmy currently tours with his wife, Susana, singer and puppeteer.Type your paragraph here.

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present Sea Song
May 1, 2018

Scott Ainslee
November 15 & 16, 2017

9th & 10th Graders
Each Stanly County Public High School

Sea Song is the story of a boy discovering nature for the first time through a fascination with the life cycle of the sea turtle. When a city boy comes to spend his summer at the coast he is suddenly cut off from his digital world and turns his attention to the natural world of a remote coastal beach.

Hobey Ford has never had another career. Internationally renowned in the puppetry field, and an award-winning performer and Kennedy Center Partner in Education teaching artist, Ford knew early on what he wanted to do after seeing a puppet show while still a youngster. He was bitten by the puppetry bug! While studying at an arts college, Hobey eventually found “... one of my cornerstones - that I would approach puppetry as storytelling with puppets.” Ford designs and constructs all of his Golden Rod Puppets as well as the beautiful sets that surround them. He first created the Golden Rod Puppets in 1980 and often adapts folk tales and global cultural traditions for his performances, always adding a special “Golden Rod” twist. His performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles: Bunraku, rod, marionettes, Foamies and shadow puppetry. Hobey is quick to credit his audiences for completing the creative spark that is ignited with every live performance and he has brought his amazing talent to family audiences all over the world for over two decades.  

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A true story of three slaves who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to gain a life of freedom. Wiley becomes Henry "Box" Brown a black slave who sees no alternative but to mail himself to freedom in a small crate. Brown's life unfolds like a Mark Twain adventure, perilous and somber at times while humorous and heroic throughout.

Mike Wiley is a North Carolina-based actor, playwright and director of multiple works in documentary theatre. Wiley has fifteen years credits in documentary theatre for young audiences plus film, television and regional theatre. An Upward Bound alum and Trio Achiever Award recipient, he is an M.F.A. graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill and is a former Lehman-Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. He has conducted numerous educational residencies funded through grant programs of the NC Arts Council and his plays have been selected for spotlight showcases by arts industry conferences. A gifted and visionary artist and communicator, Wiley’s overriding goal is expanding cultural awareness for audiences of all ages through dynamic portrayals based on pivotal moments in African-American history and, in doing so, helping to unveil a richer picture of the total American experience.

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We will once again be featuring the student rock bands of Music on Main! Back by popular demand, this program is designed as an interactive rock concert to encourage students to pursue music, whether vocal or instrumental. Students in Stanly County can begin band and chorus starting in 6th grade.  For ideas on how to incorporate rock and roll in the classroom, click here!

The mission of the Stanly County Arts Council is to encourage and promote broad-based cultural and educational activities in the arts throughout Stanly County. If you have an arts or cultural event or activity, and would like the Arts Council to help promote it, please notify us! Send all details about the event or activity, along with any picture/flyer that is appropriate to

Music on Main’s
April 17, 2018
5th Graders