Say Hello To “Bye Bye Birdie” July 27-28, August 1-4

Clayton Youth Theater is busy rehearsing for the 2018 summer production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Bye Bye Birdie is a loving send-up of the early 1960s, teenagers, and rock & roll. When rock star and teen idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his manager, Albert Peterson, faces financial ruin. Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help him survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and his secretary, Rose, hatch a plan to send Conrad to small-town America to sing one last song and give a goodbye kiss to one lucky fan on national television.

Hit songs from the show include Put on a Happy Face, Kids!, One Last Kiss, and A Lot of Livin’ to Do.

CYT will present Bye Bye Birdie on July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, at 7 PM, and Saturday, July 28, at 2 PM. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $6 for students 18 and under plus sales tax and fees. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM.

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It’s Official: 2018-19 Palladian Series Announced!

Royal Wood at The Clayton Center NCBe sure to check your mailbox next week for some exciting details about the 2018-19 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center!

Our schedule will be “officially” released on Monday, but we can go ahead and tell you that our season is set, and we are ready to share the excitement. Get out your calendar and save the following dates:

Roots & Boots — the national tour that brings together 90s country legends Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye — will be our opening show on Saturday, October 27, at 8 PM. After the popularity of last season’s Chicks With Hits show, we expect a big turnout for these guys.

Songwriter and master musician Royal Wood takes the stage on Friday, November 9. He will be followed by the fabulously fun Equinox Orchestra on December 7. You will want to bring the entire family to this holiday show!

The new season also features Durham songstress Yolanda Rabun on February 8, NPR’s Snap Judgment alums James Judd and Jen Kober on March 22, and the much requested return of “one of the best slide guitar players on the planet” – Lee Roy Parnell – on April 13.

The season kicks off with a preview and presale party on Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you a sneak peek of the season, a preshow reception (with cash bar) and some great entertainment by Al Strong and the Fresh Five. It will also get you the chance to be among the first to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to anyone else. You will want to plan to join us for this annual event.

Tickets to the preview and presale event go on sale on July 1. Additional ticket sales information is available here.

Final Show of 2017-18 Series Features David Myles

David Myles May 17 at The Clayton Center

David Myles brings his trademark suit and timeless music to The Clayton Center to close our 15th anniversary season on Thursday, May 17.

The Canadian singer-songwriter – who hovers somewhere between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake on the musical spectrum – brandishes a diverse set of musical tools. From soulful, contemporary pop songs to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, from down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his shape-shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain.

Whether he is collaborating with a Latin Grammy winner, a world-renowned opera diva or a Canadian hip hop star, David effortlessly injects his music with an irresistible energy and an endearing charm. In addition to a reputation as a great showman, David’s flawless musicianship and unforgettable storytelling have garnered him a staggering number of prestigious nominations and awards throughout his career.

Help us celebrate the end of our first 15 years with a truly entertaining evening of the music of David Myles. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $18 (plus sales tax and fees).

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Gregory Popovich Presents Comedy Pet Theater

Voted Best Family Show In Las Vegas

Entertainer Gregory Popovich brings his world famous Comedy Pet Theater to The Clayton Center on Sunday, April 22, at 4 PM.

Voted best family show in Las Vegas, Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater is a European-style circus extravaganza.

Popovich, a fifth generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals, has rescued a majority of his performers from shelters all over the country and has transformed them into Las Vegas stars. He is a gold medal winner in Paris, France, and a special award winner in Monte Carlo.

Popovich and his pets were finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” were guests on TV shows with Jay Leno, David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, and were featured on Animal Planet and other television shows. The entertaining show includes physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, trained dogs, birds and even house cats. All of the pets are trained using positive reinforcement techniques that enhance their natural abilities.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to see this unique, family-friendly show featuring this legendary circus entertainer and his furry friends. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (plus sales tax and fees).

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Clayton Parks and Recreation Hosts Easter Egg Hunt at Community Park

Parks&Rec Easter Egg HuntTown of Clayton offices, including The Clayton Center, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, and the Clayton Community Center, will be closed on Friday, March 30. But you can get out with your preschoolers — ages 5 and younger — for some fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 AM at Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road.

More than 10,000 eggs will be spread across the baseball ball fields for the children to grab up into their baskets as fast as they can. Kids will be split into three age groups, so that the oldest ones don’t bump into those still learning to walk.

This popular event always draws a crowd, and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of overflow parking at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Parking is available in a field and a lot at the community center, and it’s just a short, scenic walk on a trail through the woods to reach the Easter-Egg-hunting action at Clayton Community Park.

For more info on the Easter Egg Hunt, call the Clayton Parks & Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.