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. Ushers, house managers, and concessionaires are needed for every performance throughout the year.
For information on how you can be part of the community theatre please call 252-972-1156.
The Rocky Mount Arts Center developed from the initial efforts of area individuals who, in 1957, felt that the community needed a place to learn, practice, and exhibit art forms. This group attracted sufficient support to appoint a board of advisers to assist in the operation of a fledgling arts center. The project grew and attracted enough public attention that the City of Rocky Mount Director of Recreation offered her department’s assistance in the form of modest financial aid and later, a permanent home for the Arts Center.
The City purchased an abandoned Atlantic Coast Line Railroad water tank and pump house and an ingenious renovation program was begun. The water tank was converted to three floors housing a gallery, offices, theatre, and classroom space. The pump house was used as a studio for classes. Planned as a three-stage construction, the first floor was completed in 1963 and on May 25 of that year, the “tank” opened as a permanent home of the Rocky Mount Arts Center.
On a single day in September of 1999, the Arts Center’s four buildings were destroyed when the flood following Hurricane Floyd inundated 25% of Rocky Mount. After a temporary stay in other locations, these facilities are now located in the new Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences.
The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life once again in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Brooke Edwards.
A Charlie Brown Christmas will open on November 29th @ 7:00 PM at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for November 29th may be reserved by contacting the Dunn Center.
ACT I: The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life once again in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Directed by Brooke Edwards.
ACT II: Coming to the Imperial Centre Theatre once again is the 50th Annual Christmas Chorus. Arranged and directed by Jim Wiggs.
Performances will be December 6th, 7th & 8th @ 7:30 PM and December 9th @ 2:00 PM on the Theatre at the Imperial Centre stage. Please call 252-972-1266 for more information.
Auditions for Community Theatre productions take place throughout the year, approximately 6 to 8 weeks before performance dates. Audition information may be obtained by calling the theatre office at 252-972-1156. Perusal scripts for all shows are available at the Theatre Box Office. Scripts may be checked out for 48 hours. There is a $5 deposit for non-musicals, and a $10 deposit for musicals.
To check for upcoming auditions, please visit Get Involved!
Call or come by between 10 am and 5 pm, Tuesday – Friday. The box office is located in the main lobby at the Imperial Centre. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover accepted.