Supporting and Encouraging the Arts in Stanly County since 1974

Music on Main’s
April 11, 2017
5th Graders

April 6, 2017

Award winning poet and children’s author Allan Wolf and his show “Immersed in Verse: Diving Into Poetry” is an interactive experience.  With hundreds of poems committed to memory, he adapts his show for each audience and occasion. Allan performs poetry from memory mixing traditions of theatre, slam style spoken word, and Appalachian storytelling. One moment he will whisper a heartfelt story in verse. The next moment he will transform himself into a hungry Tyrannosaur driving a Volkswagen. He will rattle off a hiphop piece and segue into a quiet sonnet. Then heʼll pick up his guitar to add background to his spoken words, or sing a song about Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe. And from beginning to end, Wolf gradually reveals the mission he is on, urging audience members to be aware of the poems lurking at their elbows. Wolf is aware that most audiences contain future (or practicing) poets, so he makes a point of speaking about the joys of writing and living the poetʼs life.  Click herefor Allan's teacher's guide.


Presented by The Talent Company
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
2nd & 3rd Graders

Rhythm…funk…innovation…excitement: that’s the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE).  One of the best youth tap ensembles in the world, NCYTE features 40 dancers, ages 8 to 18, who hail from throughout North Carolina. Don’t let the word “youth” fool you. These dancers tear up the floor with poise, passion and professionalism. NCYTE honors the traditions of this unique American form while infusing it with youthful energy, contemporary music, and innovative dances from some of the world’s most talented choreographers. Founded by JUBA award winning artistic director Gene Medler in 1983. . NCYTE has toured throughout the U.S. and the world, with performances in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany and Mexico.  So excited to have them in Stanly County! Click hereto see the teacher's guide.  Click Hereto see them in action!

Hobey Ford’s “Animalia” explores the magical world of animals. This performance features Hobey’s original “Foamies” puppets carved from large blocks of foam with intricate mechanical design that gives each puppet realistic movements. Hobey breaks out of the traditional puppet theater booth turning the whole theater into his performance stage. “Animalia” introduces students to the metamorphosis of a butterfly and a tadpole, various ecological systems and endangered animals.  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.  Click here for the teacher's guide.

March 2, 2017
Kindergarten & 1st Graders

November 17 & 18, 2016
Each Stanly County Public High School

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!

A show featuring nationally renowned children’s musician Roger Day and his new show “Invincible!” This show will be filled with fun songs that encourage young children to use their imagination and to learn and explore the world around them.  Roger Day writes and performs award-winning children’s music that tickles the imagination with infectious tunes and rhythms and inspiring characters. Day has been writing and performing his smart, interactive music for families for over 15 years and is a multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner. Roger’s skilled musicianship combines with his wit and wordplay to create a musical experience that parents enjoy as much as their kids. Roger Day's concerts are action-filled adventures that exercise both mind AND muscle; both body AND brain. Day keeps his young audiences involved and captivated. These fun concerts inspire each child to discover his and her own talents, give flight to the imagination!  An evening performance by Roger Day will be performed that evening for the general public as a fundraiser for the Stanly County Arts Council.  More details of this exciting family event will be made available closer to the date.

The Arts Council is excited to bring the Cultural Education Program directly to each individual high school with the John Brown Jazz Quartet.  Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. John Brown and his musicians are committed to jazz education – for all people, at all levels. Evincing his commitment to education, John constantly seeks opportunities to work with students and to study himself.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, John performs actively as a leader and as a sideman. His groups give feature performances across the country and regularly participate in education programs.  Click here to see and hear them in action!

The Talent Company, a local youth performing arts organization, will perform  “James and the Giant Peach, Jr,.” based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories.  This musical is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. 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. Click here for the teacher's guide.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
4th & 6th Graders

Thursday, September 22, 2016
7th & 8th Graders

Cultural Education Program 2016-17!

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.