Theatre

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. 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.

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Our Town

Written by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Brooke Edwards

First produced and published in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners has become an American classic and is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play.

Performances will be October 25th & 26th and November 1st & 3rd @ 7:30 PM and October 28th and November 4th @ 2:00 PM

Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series

The Theatre at the Imperial Centre is happy to announce that three titles have been chosen for the Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series this fall. Playwrights in the Eastern North Carolina region were asked to submit their original works, i.e. Full Length or One-Act Plays, to be selected by committee and presented on the Theatre at the Imperial Centre stage during the October and November First Friday events.

Two selected works will be read at 7:00 PM on October 5th, “Keeping Score” by Jim Lee and “Gardenia Daze” by Lela Chesson. The third and final reading will be “Found Objects” by Marilynn Barner Anselmi at 7:00 PM, November 2nd. This is a free event during October and November First Fridays at the Imperial Centre. Limited seating will be available for both dates.

Auditions

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!

Tickets

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.

  • Tickets are $11.00 for Adults, $9.00 for Seniors and Students (with ID), and $7.00 for children 12 and under
  • Christmas Concert Tickets are $10
  • Season Tickets for the Theater are $45.00 for adults, and $35 for Seniors & Students

Phone: 252-972-1266
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History

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.

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