Peer pressure, gang violence and drug/alcohol use are all obstacles facing today's inner-city youth. With that in mind, James Vesce — who serves as the chair of UNC Charlotte's Department of Theatre — wrote the book and music for The Moon Prince: A Rap Opera. With added lyrics by Marlon Carey, UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture's Department of Theatre is taking the production live with shows open to the public for three days, in addition to others at public schools around town. $6-$9. Jan. 14-15, 8 p.m.; Jan. 16, 2 p.m. UNC Charlotte (Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall), 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-1849. www.performances.uncc.edu.