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Team Carolina poses outside Children's Theatre of Charlotte.
Team Carolina poses outside Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Local Theatres Face Off in a Super Bowl-Inspired Competition

Denver- and Charlotte-based theatres make a friendly wager, while an Austin company hosts an alternative event.

NATIONWIDE: The Carolina Panthers might be going head-to-head with the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Super Bowl 50, but several hometown theatres are taking the competition from the football field to the stage.

In honor of Sunday’s match-up, three theatres in Denver and three theatres in Charlotte, N.C., created a friendly wager on the game’s outcome. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, and Blumenthal Performing Arts formed Team Carolina, and will face off with Team Denver, comprised of Denver Center for the Performing ArtsPhamaly Theatre Company, and Curious Theatre Company.

“In the extremely unlikely event of a Panthers’ loss, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte will incorporate a Broncos logo in a pre-show announcement for Schoolhouse Rock Live! from April 8 until April 29,” a press release from Team Carolina stated.

Other terms include: The losing theatres will incorporate an element of the winning team into the scenic design of an upcoming production; the staff of the losing theatre must wear the winning team’s colors to work the following Monday and post evidence on social media; and the defeated theatres must decorate their main box offices with a stuffed version of the winning team’s mascot from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14.

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is helping its audience score big as well. The company will give away a pair of five show passes to a random audience member for each touchdown made by the Panthers, according to the company’s Facebook page,

But Denver and Charlotte aren’t the only cities in on the fun. In Austin, the Vortex created a fantasy-fueled alternative to Super Bowl 50 with the Faerie Bowl, for which participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite fairy or magical being to compete for prizes. The event will also feature games, team sports, drink specials, and live music.

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