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.
Thank you to everyone who auditioned! We deeply appreciate the giving of your time and talent.
The cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid:
Ariel – Anna Penwell
Sebastian – J’ailin Greene
Scuttle – Scottie Wynne
Flounder – Kadin Poland
Prince Eric – Shane Dinan
Triton – Greg Spence
Grimsby – Ivan Price
Ursula – Kaitlyn Davis
Flotsam – Alex Guyton-Lange
Jetsam – Cannon Puckett
Windward – Jackson Outland
Leeward – Riley Zarse
Pilot – Stephen Moen
Aquata – Felicia Solomon
Andrina – Kaitlyn Reda
Arista – Leah Henkel
Atina – Naomi Hayes
Adella – Morgan Cobb
Allana – Olivia Wells
Chef Louis – Nano Gowland
Princesses 1-6/Ensemble – Caroline West, Tori Gowland, Lindsay Marie Cookson, Hannah Bass, Allison Baker, Morgan Bass
Sailors/Chefs – Greyson Smith, Patrick Baker, Jerome Little, Matthew Pridgen, Rex Sauls, Mason Chandler
Maids/Gulls/Featured Ensemble – Kim Winnett, Audra Davis, Tammy Reason, Bobbi Jo Bone, Sharon L. Brown
Jellyfish/Bass/School of Fish/Ensemble – Lillian Rochelle, Cayden Gurganus, Monika Labady, Dinari Reynolds, Samantha Colosi, Jillian Schrimper, Nic Groesser, Bo Browder, Clara Danforth, Annemarie Dzinbal, Virginia Feagans, Joel Pickett, Jada Arie Smith, Aliyah Woodward
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.
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.
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.