Students come back to The Clayton Center stage

The Clayton Center is going back to its roots of providing a stage to showcase the talents of local students.

Carolina Youth Theatre completed a successful run of three performances of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town last weekend. This month The Clayton Center welcomes students from East Clayton Elementary School and Neuse Charter School to the stage.

The East Clayton Elementary School Drama Club — which features third-through fifth-grade students — will present Sleeping Beauty this week. Performances are Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, at 7 PM. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $3 for students 12 and under (plus sales tax and fees).

The following week, students in the Neuse Charter School Fine Arts Department present Matilda, The Musical. The curtain will open on the show on Saturday, March 14, at 7 PM. Tickets for Matilda are$10 (plus sales tax and fees).

Additionally, local dance studios, as well as the Johnston County Chorus, will be staging production on The Clayton Center stage this spring. More information about these events will be available in April.

Tickets for all events in The Clayton Center Auditorium are available here, or by calling the box office at 919-553-1737.

Enjoy an entertaining twist on Gilbert & Sullivan

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players I've Got A Little Twist

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ I’ve Got a Little Twist is where The Mikado meets The Music Man. It’s where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. It’s where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On the Town. In short, it’s where Broadway meets Gilbert & Sullivan.

I’ve Got a Little Twist — coming to The Clayton Center on Friday, February 21, at 8 PM — is a one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh, and full-of-life as, well, three little maids from school!

See for yourself as the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson and Jerry Herman.

The show, which won a 2010 Bistro Award, features ingeniously rewritten lyrics for Gilbert & Sullivan tunes. It brings together Gilbert & Sullivan numbers with more modern musical theatre, and, often, allows the classic Gilbert & Sullivan to speak for itself.

I’ve Got a Little Twist speaks to audiences who are new to Gilbert & Sullivan as well as to die-hard fans. The cast features an emcee who interacts with a soprano, an alto, a tenor, a comic baritone and a bass in a clever mash up of scenes and songs. The performance culminates in a number that celebrates the way in which this tongue twisting art form has been “used and infused into Broadway shows for years.”

NYGASP is in its 46th year of operation as America’s preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble. Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, the company  has created its own special niche in the cultural mosaic of New York City and the nation.

Tickets to I’ve Got A Little Twist are $22, plus tax and fees.

Area students enjoy performance by Charlotte Children’s Theatre

The clayton center school performance

If you were downtown this morning, you may have noticed some bus traffic around The Clayton Center as nearly 800 students from Clayton area schools attended a free performance in the auditorium

The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presented two performances of Accidental Friends, a story for elementary and middle school students that explores the themes of acceptance, inclusion, influence and friendship. Attending a live theatre performance also teaches students to appreciate the role of theatre as an art form and illustrates theatre etiquette appropriate to the performance situation.

Third through fifth grade students from Cooper Academy, West Clayton Elementary, East Clayton Elementary and River Dell Elementary Schools enjoyed the show. The show was sponsored by the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation and the Town of Clayton.

Happy Holidays from The Clayton Center

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Clayton Center – along with all other Town offices – will be closed Tuesday through Thursday, December 24 through 26. We will reopen on Friday, December 27. The building will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Please note that The Clayton Center box office will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 10 AM. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please leave us a message at 919-553-1737, or email cmarraccini@townofclaytonnc.org.

During this time, tickets to all upcoming events – plus gift certificates – can be purchased online at theclaytoncenter.com.

We hope to see you in 2020 at The Clayton Center.

Enjoy some holiday music this Saturday

Christmas is just around the corner, but you still have this weekend to enjoy some holiday music. The Johnston County Chorus will perform their annual Christmas shows tomorrow, Saturday, December 14. The shows begin at 1 PM and 7 PM.

Sing along to all of your holiday favorites, and enjoy performances by special guests from Stage Door Dance Productions, the Four Oaks Elementary Cardinal Choir and soloist Tyler Dean. 

Tickets for the show, Christmas Is Coming, Sing for Joy, are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under, plus sales tax and fees. A group rate is available for groups of 8 or more. Tickets will be available at the door.