Get ready for a song and dance

The upcoming show for the Streetwise Music Instruction group will include bands, dance artists and other performances to keep the audience on its toes.

Students from Streetwise Music Instruction will share a bit of the spotlight with their counterparts in the Ballantyne Theatre later this month with the Living the Dream concert.

The south Charlotte music studio, based in the Ballantyne Arts Center at 11318 North Community House Road, holds about four concerts a year. But the upcoming show differs from all previous ones with the addition of acting skits and dance performances during intermission as different bands are setting up.

“This is a vision I had while I was working as a guitar instructor,” Carl Mokal, the owner of Streetwise Music, said. “I always wanted to incorporate the actors, dancers and musicians in one show.”

The time in between band performances is when Mokal doesn’t want to “close the curtain on 300 people and lose the audience.”  That is where others participating in the show come in.

When opening his studio in 2001 in Charlotte, the music instructor wanted to take everything he learned about playing music and performing into one school.  His goal is to give students hands on experience with performing.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to entertain the public,” Mokal said. “Music is always growing and evolving.  I think people want to be entertained.  I think the days of just playing in front of a crowd are coming to an end.”

With his 300 students Mokal put together a show with five bands, four actors and four dancers.  Bands that will be playing at the concert are Pink Fang, Eclipse, Airbourne, The Furies and Ruinam.  Instructors from Streetwise Music will come together with the lead singers of each band for the finale performance.

All actors and singers in the show are from the acting school and dancing school in the Ballantyne Arts Center.  Performers range from ages 8 to 19, but despite the young ages of the performers Mokal says he treats them like professional musicians, actors and dancers and hopes they act as such.

“This is not a recital.  It’s a concert.  The students know we have to entertain our audience.  We aren’t up there to look cute. We are up there to perform,” he said.

To help students learn how to put on a full performance Streetwise Music also brings in acting coaches and dance teachers for an all around education.  Mokal’s goal by the end of 2012 is to have about 100 more students to extend all his studio has to offer.

The concert is Aug. 26 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theatre in Charlotte, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Tickets range from $8 to $12 and can be purchased online at www.tix.cpcc.edu.

Ciera Choate, ciera@thecharlotteweekly.com

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