Upcoming Shows & Events

2019-2020 THEATRE SEASON

No Shame

First Fridays November 2019 – May 2020
Location: The Imperial Centre Theatre
Time: 7:00 PM
Free to the public

Participants sign up at 6:30 PM in the Theatre lobby
Performances will start at 7:00 PM in the Theatre

No Shame is a movement in theatre that has been happening around the world since the 1980s. Think of it as an open mic night for the theatre with only three basic rules–that the work be original, less than 5 minutes long, and not break any laws. It’s so simple a child could do it…and has. At No Shame anything can happen and usually does. The full range of performance is open to you. On any given night you might see a poem, a dance piece, a puppet show, a monologue, a mime routine, stand-up comedy, a song, improvisation, jugglers, and a magic act–all followed by a delightful ditty on a hand saw.

It’s a place where you can take risks. Where you can dare to fail. Not because failure is your goal, but because you learn the most by attempting greatness, even if you don’t quite achieve it. No Shame is a place where fear of failure will not keep you from trying to succeed. It’s a place where the new becomes the now. Where something fresh out of your mind can be shared with an audience.

No Shame’s audience, performers, and writers are constantly changing roles in a single evening, fostering a spirit of cooperation, not competition. No Shame is different from other theatres because anyone can walk in the door the first night and participate in any way they choose. No Shame isn’t something you join; it’s something that by just being there you are already helping to lead.

This event is free to the public.

Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play

December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 PM
& December 8th and 15th at 2:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

The Christmas story told in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spiritual. A unique creation of the poet and playwright Langston Hughes, portraying the inspiring story of the Holy Family. Music arranged by Aaron Robinson. Produced in partnership with Word Tabernacle Church of Rocky Mount.

Directed by Brooke Edwards
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

The Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

March 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 PM and March 8th and 15th at 2:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Directed by James Guy
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

World Premiere Production of the New Play: Donor 63125 by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

May 7th, 8th, 9th at 7:30 PM and May 10th at 2 PM
Ages: 18+ Mature Audiences only

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.

Directed by Benjamin Griffith
Location: The Booker T Theatre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

Summer Youth Production 2020: The Little Prince, The Musical

July 24th, 25th at 7:30 PM and July 26th at 2 PM
Ages: All Ages

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
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

For information about participating in any of the above productions, please visit Get Involved!

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