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 theatre please visit Get Involved! or call 252-972-1266.

For our current season please check out our Upcoming Shows & Events


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.

Up Next

Summer Youth Production: Annie

Performances will be July 19th and 20th at 7:30 PM and July 20th & 21st at 2:00 PM

About the Show: Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family.

Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series

The Imperial Centre Theatre will present the 2nd Annual Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series this fall. Local playwrights in the Eastern North Carolina region are asked to submit their original works, i.e. Full Length or One-Act Plays, to be read and judged by committee. The chosen works will be given staged readings in the Imperial Centre Theatre during a special event September 13, and during the First Friday events on October 4 and November 1, 2019. These events are all free to the public.

Call for Plays

This series is open to all playwrights in the Eastern North Carolina region. All entries must be original dramatic works. We accept full-length, one-act, and ten-minute plays. Please limit full-length plays to 90 pages or less. We will not accept musicals. Submissions will be accepted July 1, 2019 through August 15, 2019.

Submissions may be made by emailing manuscripts to or by mailing hard copies to Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, Attn: Brooke Edwards, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

Call for Actors

Local actors wanting to participate in the staged readings may contact Brooke Edwards by email at Roles will be determined by the selected manuscripts.

Please call 252-972-1266 for more information or visit Upcoming Shows & Events.


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.

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

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