Holiday Happenings

All will be merry and bright around town beginning tonight, Thursday, November 29. Thousands of people will pack Main Street beginning at 5:30 PM for the Annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, business open housed, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 PM at Town Square on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

This weekend also kicks off The Clayton Center’s schedule of holiday events.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be, presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season. Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

On Sunday, December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents its annual production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, plus sales tax and fees.

Join us for the remarkable musicianship of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as they present their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCswinging renditions of holiday classics on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are $35, plus sales tax and fees, UNLESS you make your purchase on Tuesday, December 4. Take advantage of a special half-off discount on Tuesday for all tickets purchased for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Then, on Saturday, December 15, 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. Tickets for both the 2 PM and 7 PM shows are $16 for adults and $12 for students 12 and under. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

Check out our calendar of events for additional information and to see our complete schedule of events.

Woman’s Club of Clayton presents a Tasteful Event

Come on out tonight beginning at 6:30 PM and join the Woman’s Club of Clayton as they present the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine.

Attendees can sample the best food from local restaurants, all in one location.

The “Taste” is the Woman’s Club’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised are used to support community causes such as  Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and Clayton Area Ministries – just to name a few.

Those attending sample “taste-size” portions from participating restaurants. The samples will be judged by Chef Fredi Morf and his colleagues from the Wake Tech Culinary Arts program. Awards, which will be presented after the dining, include Best Presentation, Best Original Dish, Best Use of Seasonal Ingredients, Best Pasta Dish, Best Use of Local Ingredients and Best Dessert.  In addition, attendees cast ballots for People’s Choice. There is also a silent auction including baskets and gifts that attendees can bid on.

Tickets to the 14th annual Taste of Carolina Cuisine are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 919-412-6368. Participating restaurants are Anthony’s Italian Pizza & Pasta, Caribbean Delight, Chefella’s, Clayton Steakhouse, Dylan’s Gifts & Catering, Fat Boys BBQ & Catering, Festejos Mexican Grill & Bar, Manning’s, Morning Glory Inn, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes, The Flipside and Vinson’s.

Single Tickets To Palladian Series Shows On Sale Monday At 10 AM

It’s time! Single tickets to shows in the upcoming Palladian Series go on sale tomorrow — Monday, August 13 — at 10 AM.

We expect to be busy in the box office, so the following are a few tips to help you get the very best seats in the house to see your favorite performers.

  • Tickets will go on sale online, by phone and in person beginning at 10 AM. Please do not call the box office before this time as we will be unable to take your call.
  • We expect a high volume of sales in the first hour that tickets are on sale. Please be patient. If you are purchasing tickets by telephone, please leave a clear message that includes a call back number. We will be responding to messages in the order that they are received.

If you are purchasing tickets online, please keep the following in mind:

  • The ticket sales page for your selected performance will include a black & white seating chart below the instruction to “PLEASE CLICK ON A SECTION FROM THE MAP BELOW TO SEE SEAT AVAILABILITY WITHIN EACH SECTION.” You MUST click within one of the sections on that map in order to access available seating. You will be directed to a page that indicates the available seating within that section. (Blue circles indicate available seats.)
  • Be assured that the seats you see as available online are the same seats that are available for sale through the box office. Please do not select seats online and then call the box office to confirm availability. This places a hold on the seats and prevents the box office staff from accessing the seats for sale.
  • Most importantly, remember that the only authorized ticket sales agents for The Clayton Center are
    • The Clayton Center website at theclaytoncenter.com
    • etix.com
    • The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737, ext 2

Tickets purchased from unauthorized sources can not be honored. Tickets purchased from outside sources are often inflated in price and are not eligible for assistance if tickets are ever lost or stolen or if the event is canceled or rescheduled. The Clayton Center is not responsible for tickets purchased from other sources.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you this season.

 

Al Strong & The Fresh Five To Headline Palladian Series Preview & Presale Party

We’re having a party!

The 2018-19 Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party is Friday, August 10. 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.

Durham’s Al Strong and the Fresh Five headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert. A pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar takes place beginning at 6:30 PM. (Note that tickets purchased after Wednesday, August 1, will be for concert admission ONLY and will NOT include the preshow reception.)

Al Strong & The Fresh Five push the envelope in defying musical genres, with hints of AfroBeat, rock, jazz and soul music all nicely woven together.
It’s all dance music for this group and a chance for pure musical expression. When not performing in the Raleigh-Durham area, Al balances his nonprofit and teaching responsibilities with traveling and performing. He is regularly booked in jazz scenes up and down the East coast, frequenting cities such as New York, DC and Atlanta. He has headlined his own shows at the BlueNote Jazz Festival, the Winter Jazz Fest, Blues Alley and a host of other clubs. At the heart of Strong’s work ethic is dedication to building a brand based on good, honest music that connects with and speaks to the listener’s hearts.

Tickets to the Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party go on sale on Friday, June 29, at 10 AM. Visit theclaytoncenter.com or call The Clayton Center Box Office at 919-553-1737 for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

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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