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Community Theatre

The Arts Center’s community theatre has been a part of the Rocky Mount community for more than 50 years. The Theatre offers a wide variety of productions, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and children’s theatre,and relies on volunteers to continue its tradition of success. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of production including acting, set construction and painting, sewing and altering of costumes, props acquisition, stage management, and technical operations. For information on how you can be part of the community theatre please call 972-1156.

49th Annual Christmas Chorus Auditions

The Theatre at the Imperial Centre is holding auditions for its 49th Annual Christmas Chorus!!! Tuesday, September 12th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Tuesday, September 19th from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Studio Theater in the Arts Education Building at the Imperial Centre. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings starting September 19th, at 7:30 PM, in the Studio Theater. Performances of the chorus will be November 30 – December 3. Please call 252-972-1266 for more information. Come be a part of this long standing, Rocky Mount Holiday tradition! If you have any questions, feel free to email the Theater Manager of the Imperial Centre.

No Shame

Returns with the First Friday event series in November.

No Shame is a movement in theatre that has been happening around the world since the 1980s. Think of it as an open mic night for the theatre with only three basic rules–that the work be original, less than 5 minutes long, and not break any laws. It’s so simple a child could do it…and has. At No Shame anything can happen and usually does. The full range of performance is open to you. On any given night you might see a poem, a dance piece, a puppet show, a monologue, a mime routine, stand-up comedy, a song, improvisation, jugglers, and a magic act–all followed by a delightful ditty on a hand saw.

It’s a place where you can take risks. Where you can dare to fail. Not because failure is your goal, but because you learn the most by attempting greatness, even if you don’t quite achieve it. No Shame is a place where fear of failure will not keep you from trying to succeed. It’s a place where the new becomes the now. Where something fresh out of your mind can be shared with an audience.

No Shame’s audience, performers, and writers are constantly changing roles in a single evening, fostering a spirit of cooperation, not competition. No Shame is different from other theatres because anyone can walk in the door the first night and participate in any way they choose. No Shame isn’t something you join; it’s something that by just being there you are already helping to lead.

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