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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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.

This Week: ECES & Hamptown Music Institute Students Perform On Stage

Local students are taking The Clayton Center stage this week in a production by East Clayton Elementary School and a recital by Hamptown Music Institute.

ECES Treasure Island Clayton CenterOn Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, the Drama Club at ECES presents its annual play. This year’s selection is Treasure Island.

The ECES Drama Club is comprised of students from 3rd through 5th grades. They have prepared for and then auditioned for a position within this club. Tickets for the performances are $6 for adults and $3 for students (plus sales tax and fees). The shows begin at 7 PM each evening.

HMI students “Celebrate Motown” on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $6.50 for students 12 and under and seniors 65 and older; $8 all other students with student ID. All others are $12.50. (All ticket prices are plus sales tax and fees.)

Countdown to “Anne of Green Gables”

The cast of “Anne of Green Gables,” Clayton Youth Theater’s (CYT) 2018 winter production, is ramping up rehearsals this week as opening night approaches. The curtain rises this Thursday, February 22, at 7 PM.CYT 2018 The Clayton Center

Cherished by generations of “kindred spirits,” L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel comes to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. “Anne of Green Gables” follows the misadventures of Anne (spelled with an “E”) Shirley — a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts and all of Prince Edward Island with her irrepressible spirit and imagination – and wins over audiences with this warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

CYT will present “Anne of Green Gables” on Thursday and Friday, February 22 and 23, at 7 PM, and Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are on sale now for $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under (plus sales tax and fees). All seating for CYT performances is reserved.