Upcoming Shows & Events

Box Office Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Friday

Location: The Imperial Centre, inside the Arts Center’s Galleries, 270 Gay Street.

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Phone: (252-972-1266)



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The Theatre at the Imperial Centre is excited to announce the return of NO SHAME! Please join us at First Friday, November 4th. Act sign up begins at 7:00 PM with the show beginning at 7:30 PM. For more information, please contact Brooke Edwards at 252-972-1266.

2016/2017 Theatre Season

Seussical: The Musical

Directed by: James Guy

Musical Direction by: Shawn Leonard

Performances: March 3, 4, 10, 11 @ 7:30 PM and 5 & 12 @ 2:00 PM

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities for set, lighting and costume design. An alternate orchestration is available in keys more appropriate for a female Cat in the Hat.

Learn about the cast. 

The Mountaintop

By: Katori Hall

Directed by: Brooke Edwards

Performances: April 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30 PM & April 30 @ 2:00 PM, The Booker T. Theatre

A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

“Even before the first flash of lightning—and there will be plenty of that before evening’s end — an ominous electricity crackles through the opening moments of THE MOUNTAINTOP.” —NY Times.

“[THE MOUNTAINTOP] crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood.” —NY Newsday.

“…as audacious as it is inventive…[a] thrilling, wild, provocative flight of magical realism…Hall keeps her audience guessing… This is playwriting without a net, a defiant poke in the eye of all historical conventions and political correctness…The King that is left after Hall’s humanization project is somehow more real and urgent and whole.” —Associated Press.

R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Directed by: Brooke Edwards

Performances: July 21, 22, @ 7:30 PM and July 23 @ 2:00 PM at the Theatre at the Imperial Centre

It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

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