Calendar of Events

The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Aug
2
Thu
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Aug
3
Fri
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Aug
4
Sat
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Dec
1
Sat
2018
A Clayton Christmas presented by The Around Town Singers & Orchestra
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
A Clayton Christmas presented by The Around Town Singers & Orchestra @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale October 1 at 10 AM.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season, plus enjoy comedy, carols and a sing-along. The show features the Around Town Singers and a 25-piece orchestra, plus special guests that you won’t want to miss. Follow A Clayton Christmas blog for details of this family-friendly show and performers.

Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

Dec
15
Sat
2018
A Christmas Spectacular presented by the Johnston County Chorus
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm
A Christmas Spectacular presented by the Johnston County Chorus @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale October 1 at 10 AM.

The Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio.

A Christmas Spectacular presented by the Johnston County Chorus
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
A Christmas Spectacular presented by the Johnston County Chorus @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale October 1 at 10 AM.

The Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio.

Jan
31
Thu
2019
Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.

His latest creation, Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man, is a rip-roaring revival of strong-man stunts, snake-healings and mass-hypnosis that leaves audiences dazed, beaming and in love with life once again.

“Hilarious and enormously talented.” Timeout, London

With appearances in more than 30 countries and a professional career spanning three decades, Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theatres, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway and at international festivals. Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter. His internationally acclaimed solo performances play to packed theaters around the world.

Please note: Due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

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Mar
22
Fri
2019
James Judd with Jen Kober
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm

James Judd is a stand-up storyteller and radio personality from NPR’s Snap Judgment, the legendary improv troupe The Groundlings, and The New Faces of the Hollywood Improv. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, James weaves comic, autobiographical tales that crowd the stage with hilarious characters and situations. James will be joined by Jen Kober who brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. $22

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Aug
8
Thu
2019
Season Preview & Presale Party featuring Violet Bell
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is Thursday, August 8. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

North Carolina duo Violet Bell will headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert. Tickets to the event go on sale on July 8 at 10 AM.

Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a lush, wild soundscape. On stage and in the studio, the North Carolina duo of Lizzy Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals) share magnetic chemistry. The two have played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years, honing the fiery intimacy of their live show and building a steadily growing fan base.

Violet Bell cut their debut LP Honey in My Heart with engineer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil). The songs were recorded live in single takes, without isolation, click tracks or vocal tuning. Full of personality, Honey in My Heart feels consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hidden behind studio wizardry.

Violet Bell was an official Americanafest 2018 showcasing artist. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage communities of all ages in educational and inspiring workshops.

Violet Bell was born in 2016, when singer-songwriter Ross recruited Ruiz-Lopez as a multi-instrumentalist for a live album recording show… two weeks before the show. Ruiz-Lopez slayed the performance and brought out a new dimension of beauty in the music. Violet Bell released their debut EP Dream the Wheel in 2017 and have been playing ever since.

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Prinus Productions Presents Noche Gaitera 2019
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm
Prinus Productions Presents Noche Gaitera 2019 @ The Clayton Center

“Noche Gaitera 2019” es un evento donde se celebra el inicio de la temporada navidena y es una tradicion Venezolana, se presentara el cuatrista, compositor y cantante Rafael “Pollo” Brito junto a la agrupacion gaitera “Proyecto Pentagrama”, y teniendo a la agrupacion regional de musica latina “Son Latinos.” La Gaita navideñas o gaitas venezolanas se trata de un género musical que tiene su origen en el estado Zulia de Venezuela, por tanto forma parte de las tradiciones del estado Zulia, además por su relevancia cultural fue declarado como bien patrimonial de interés cultural y artístico de Venezuela, puesto que se propagó por todo el territorio nacional e incluso alcanzó la relevancia a nivel internacional.

“Noche Gaitera 2019” is an event where the beginning of the Christmas season is celebrated and it is a Venezuelan tradition, the quatrist, composer and singer Rafael “Pollo” Brito will be presented next to the gaitera group “Proyecto Pentagrama”, and having the regional group of Latin music “Son Latinos”. The Christmas Gaitas or Venezuelan Gaitas is a musical genre that has its origin in the Zulia state of Venezuela, therefore it is part of the traditions of the Zulia state, in addition to its cultural relevance it was declared as a heritage asset of cultural and artistic interest of Venezuela, since it spread throughout the national territory and even reached international relevance.

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Nov
25
Mon
2019
Entry Drop-off – 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Drop off your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest, sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts. The contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.

 

Dec
6
Fri
2019
Melinda Doolittle
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. Her flawless vocals, irresistible artistry and effortless style compells her audiences to keep listening.

Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back!

After graduating with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Doolittle became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. Although she came in third in the voting, she was first with Simon Cowell, who called her his “personal favorite.” She became the sweetheart of the season, winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

In 2009, Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times, which hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. In 2013, she released her sophomore album You’re The Reason. Between her album releases, she penned her book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level. Doolittle was also the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check.

Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to The White House, from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra to name a few, and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Around Town Singers & Orchestra
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Around Town Singers & Orchestra @ The Clayton Center

Enjoy a 90-minute Christmas show with all your favorite holiday songs! Performed by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra, plus special guests Sophie Collins, Jennifer Jarvis, the Burnett Sisters Band, and many more! Featuring a 20-piece orchestra and the Around Town Dancers, too! This is a Christmas show the way they used to be! Visit the ATSO blog for the latest information.

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Dec
8
Sun
2019
The Nutcracker Presented by Tippy Toes Dance Studio
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

Reserved Seating $8 in advance; $10 at the door (all tickets subject to NC taxes and fees). Call Tippy Toes Dance Studio at 919-936-0098 for more information.

 

Dec
14
Sat
2019
Johnston County Chorus Presents Christmas is Coming, Sing for Joy
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm
Johnston County Chorus Presents Christmas is Coming, Sing for Joy
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
Mar
20
Fri
2020
Susan Werner & David Myles
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

Two recent Palladian Series favorites return to perform in one exciting and entertaining show. Singer-songwriters Susan Werner and David Myles take the stage for an engaging evening of eclectic music.

Celebrated performing songwriter Susan Werner has made a name for herself coast to coast. From her 1995 major label folk/rock debut Last of the Good Straight Girls to her 2007 collection of agnostic gospel hymns The Gospel Truth to her 2017 travelogue An American In Havana, Werner writes ambitious concept albums with subject matter and sounds to match.

Spring 2019 brings a fresh set of songs from Werner, this time a New Orleans inspired piano throwdown titled NOLA. One of the few songwriters to have been featured on legendary Marian McPartland’s NPR Piano Jazz, Werner indulges her considerable piano chops with riffs and grooves reminiscent of Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.

Meanwhile, Canadian troubadour David Myles’s song and dance mastery keeps getting more and more impressive — 2017’s award-winning, vintage rock ‘n’ roll hip-swiveler Real Love and the spectacular, lush Francophone pop of 2018’s Le grand départ stand testament to that. But Myles is compelled to rush forth toward new challenges and accomplishments.

This past year he released Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, a children’s book based on his beloved modern holiday classic, and dove back into the world of public radio, broadcasting his smooth baritone over Alberta’s CKUA airwaves on his new show Myles From Home. Not to mention he does it all while adhering to an unrelenting tour schedule that has seen him and comrades Kyle Cunjak (bass) and Alan Jeffries (guitar) grace stages around the world.

Apr
18
Sat
2020
Don Friesen & Brad Upton
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

Direct from Dry Bar Comedy… Don Friesen and Brad Upton!

If you missed Don Friesen‘s hilarious Showtime one-hour special, Ask Your Mom, you’ve got to catch him live at The Clayton Center. Engaging, clever and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.

As the only two-time winner in the 41-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen’s credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies, 100.3 The Sound’s Laughter at 45 After, and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Brad Upton was a 4th grade teacher and high school track coach when he stepped on stage for the very first time in September of 1984. He’s never looked back. He quickly rose through the standup ranks making numerous television appearances and headlining comedy clubs from coast-to-coast.

In September of 2018 Upton surpassed 6,000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. He has spent the last 12 years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers.

Upton has also been seen in concert with The Smothers Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lewis Black, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Neal McCoy and many others. He writes about everyday life, a long-term marriage and anything else that pops into his head. He packs more laughs-per-minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business.

donfriesen.com, bradupton.com