2021 Spring & Summer Theatre Season

Monday, February 1, 2021

The Theatre at the Imperial Centre is thrilled to announce our spring and summer lineup! Please check out our YouTube channel to access all upcoming livestreams (free to the public!) or via our Livestreams listing. Please visit Upcoming Shows & Events for a complete calendar of our productions.

We are currently seeking talent for LIVE, Shakespeare’s Sonnets Complete, and the 48 HOUR Film Festival. Please see how to Get Involved at the Theatre!


LIVE From The Imperial Centre

The Imperial Centre Theatre returns this spring LIVE on our YouTube channel at 6:00 PM on Fridays February 5th & 19th, March 5th & 19th, and April 2nd & 16th.

LIVE from the Imperial Centre is a different show every episode. You might see a poem, a dance piece, a puppet show, a monologue, a mime routine, stand-up comedy, a song, jugglers, or a magic act–all from the livestreaming convenience of your own couch. There will be new segments and new performances – just in time for our new season!

Contact benjamin.griffith@rockymountnc.gov if you would like to participate in an upcoming LIVE stream. Performers will typically meet starting at 5:00 PM on stage to rehearse before going live at 6:00 PM.


Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The Imperial Centre Theatre presents the complete series of 154 Shakespeare Sonnets. Featuring recorded performances by community members, students, teachers, and performers to be released twice weekly on our YouTube channel at 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, February 2nd.

Contact brooke.edwards@rockymountnc.gov if you would like to participate in this series.


An Evening With Lipbone Redding

Presenting national recording artist, voice actor, and storyteller—Lipbone Redding.  A performance of his one-man show will be livestreamed from the Imperial Centre Theatre at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 22.  To access this livestream please click here

For more information about Lipbone Redding, please visit www.lipbone.com.


48 Hour Film Festival

The 48 Hour Film Festival is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop, and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate. The film is then prepared to be screened at the Imperial Centre Theatre in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and families.

Please visit our Registration page to enter your team for participation. Entrance into this competition is free to the public. The festival will begin at 6:00 PM on April 9th and submissions will be received until 6:00 PM on April 11th. Screenings will premiere at 8:00 PM on April 11th.


Donor 63125

Performance Dates: May 6th, 7th, 8th at 7:30 PM and May 9th at 2:00 PM
Location: Booker T Theatre Ages: Mature 18+
Audition Dates: TBA Spring 2021

From critically acclaimed playwright Marilynn Barner-Anselmi, comes this modern drama that dissects the definition of family and the traditional definition of parent while questioning the notion of nature over nurture. A World-Premiere production. Auditions will be announced as they are scheduled. Directed by Benjamin Griffith.


Summer Youth Production: The Little Prince, The Musical

Performance Dates: July 22nd, 23rd, 24th at 7:30 PM and July 25th at 2:00 PM
Location: Theatre at the Imperial Centre
Participant Ages: Youth Ages 9-18
Audition Dates: TBA Spring 2021

This beloved classic now comes alive on stage in a magical full-length family musical. Filled with enchanting music and heart-felt lyrics, it has been touted by critics around the country for its sophisticated appeal to all ages. It tells the story of a world-weary aviator whose malfunctioning plane strands him on the Sahara Desert. When a mysterious, regal little boy appears and asks him to draw a sheep, the aviator is annoyed and distracted from his crisis—unaware that he is about to have a transforming experience. During their week in the desert the little prince tells him stories about his adventures through the galaxy and about his strained relationship with a special flower on his own tiny planet. He encourages the alienated aviator to document these tales by drawing once again as he had when he was a boy. By learning that “what is essential is invisible to the eye,” the aviator comes to a new understanding of how to laugh, cry, and love again. Directed by Brooke Edwards.

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