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• Guerrero Street Trio: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at 104 E. Elm St., Graham, as part of the Musical Chairs countywide concert series. Admission is free and concertgoers are asked to bring blankets and/or chairs for seating. In case of rain, the concert will be canceled. For more details, call 336-226-4495 or visit
• Diali Cissokho: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 1612 Jordan Dr., Saxapahaw, as part of the Saturdays in Saxapahaw concert series. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more details, call 336-675-7704 or visit
• The Magnificents Band: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on the Town Green in downtown Gibsonville, as part of the Groovin’ on the Green concert series. Admission is free and concertgoers are asked to bring blankets and/or chairs for seating. For more details, call 336-449-7241 or visit

Studio 1 presents ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.’

By Corinna Workman
Times-News correspondent 


From left to right: Abbey Hopkins, Max McDonald, Izzy Kress, Heidi Baartz, Phillip Webb, Olivia Knighten, Edy Gardner and Sam McDonald star in Studio 1's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr." [Jennifer Gibbons / Special to the Times-News

   Studio 1′s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.” features eccentric inventions, dastardly villains and a magical flying car.
Originally a record-breaking 1968 children’s film by Ken Hughes and Roald Dahl, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is a beloved story by families and children of all ages.
The play follows inventor Caractacus (Joshua Leiser) and his family as they collaborate to restore an old race car.
Caractacus and the children set out to Vulgaria, along with love interest Truly Scrumptious (Keriann Croy), to rescue the kidnapped Grandpa Potts (Nick Chester) and free the local children from their tyrannical, child-hating rulers.
Despite the production’s well-known storyline, Studio 1 manages to create a unique production that is more family friendly.
“It simplifies the story and moves it much faster than the original movie,” said director Tami Kress.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Rd., Burlington.
The cast members are all part of a two-week summer program at Studio 1.
“I started doing camps at Studio 1 about four years ago and it helps you with learning and focusing over a short period of time,” Chester said. “This summer camp is different because a regular show would take about three months, but with the camp it is all two weeks.”
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.” is filled with upbeat music by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman of “Mary Poppins” fame.
“There is a samba, a country hoedown and lots of fun musical and theater songs,” Kress said. “The music sticks in your head. It is fun and fast and the audience will leave singing the songs for the next week.”
The characters, Croy and Chester said, are relatable, too.
“I think everyone is going to love my character, Truly Scrumptious, because she is loving to the children, but has a touch of sassiness in her,” Croy said. “People who like puns will read more…

10 can’t-miss summertime concerts

By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent 


Luke Combs performs "Beer Never Broke My Heart" at the CMT Music Awards on June 5. [Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press

   Summer is here, school is out, and I’m sure you are rolling down your windows to blast your new favorite summertime songs (I know I am).
It is that time of the year, time for Instagram feeds to be filled with clips and pictures from all the concerts you unfortunately did not attend
You might hate yourself for not seeing that artist’s show last summer, but here’s your second chance to sing along to the songs you’ve only ever heard on Spotify.


 • John Mayer: 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2019, (with Dead & Company), PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte; or 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Spectrum Center, Charlotte. Tickets for the Dead & Company show are $74 to $175 and can be purchased at Tickets for the Spectrum Center show are $39 to $150 and can be purchased at
• Dierks Bentley: 7 p.m. July 11, Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh. $38 to $132; tickets can be purchased at
• Luke Combs: 7 p.m. July 13, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte. $160 to $568; tickets can be purchased at
• Florida Georgia Line: 7 p.m. July 26, Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh; and 7 p.m. July 27, PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte. Tickets for the Raleigh show are $54 to $122 and tickets for the Charlotte show are $74 to $122 and can be purchased at
• Why Don’t We: 7 p.m. Aug. 3, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh. $34 to $79; tickets can be purchased at
• Thomas Rhett: 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh. $38 to $117; tickets can be purchased at
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