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.

Ready. Set. Bake!

If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing 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.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

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

Take A Sneak Peek At Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man

Tomas Kubinek at The Clayton CenterGot kids ages 8 and older? Get them out of the house and into the theater to enjoy the hilarious antics of Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man. Kubínek performs on Thursday, January 31, at 8 PM. Tickets are $5, and children ages 8-12 are FREE.
(Please note that due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.) Check out the show here.

This fun family show is generously sponsored by the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, the Town of Clayton, Canopy, Johnston Health, Hudson’s Hardware & Outdoor Equipment and Huebner Family McDonald’s.

Special Event To Feature The Vaudevillian Antics Of Tomáš Kubínek

The one and only Tomáš Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and an all-around charmer who provides an utterly joyous experience that audiences will remember for a lifetime.

His latest creation, Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man – is a rip-roaring revival of stunts and skits that leaves audiences dazed, beaming and in love with life once again. He performs this production at The Clayton Center on Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 PM.

With appearances in more than 30 countries and a professional career spanning three decades, Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, 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. After a sold-out run on Broadway, The New York Times lauded his work as “absolutely expert!” and the Santa Fe Reporter boasts, “Masterfully played comedy…That secret mixture of DARING, TALENT, AND UTTER FOOLISHNESS…”

Tickets are $5, and children ages 8-12 are free. Please note that due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

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Family Event Added To January Schedule

Family programming at an affordable price can be hard to come by, so The Clayton Center has added a special event to our winter schedule that fits both bills.

Audiences ages 8 to 80 will love Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man. Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience. Part clown, part mime, part acrobat, Kubínek’s slapstick brand of humor will leave you clutching your sides with laughter.

Tickets for the Thursday, January 31, show are only $5, plus sales tax and fees. Children ages 8-12 are free with the purchase of an Individual $5 ticket. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Treat your family to a show they won’t soon forget! (Even though children are free; they still need a ticket for admission to the show.)

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