Remaining Palladian Series shows and rental events canceled through April 30

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will remained closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all rental and auditorium events scheduled through at least April 30 are canceled, including the remaining two shows in this year’s Palladian Series.

The shows include the previously postponed March 20 performance by Susan Werner and David Myles and the April 18 comedy show featuring Don Friesen and Brad Upton.

All patrons with tickets for these shows are being contacted directly. Patrons who purchased tickets online will be contacted by Etix; those who made their purchases through The Clayton Center box office will be contacted by our staff. Any questions about ticketing/cancellations should be directed to the box office at 919-553-1737.

All renters scheduled to hold events at The Clayton Center during this time are being contacted directly by our staff. Anyone scheduled to attend an event here between March 26 and April 30 should contact the sponsoring organization for more information.

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.

Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

PURCHASE

Take a Stroll Down “Main Street, USA” with ATS&O

The Around the Town Singers & Orchestra take a stroll down Main Street, USA, on Friday, June 21, at 7 PM. This fun 90-minute show celebrates the return of Main Streets all over America and features music and dancing from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

ATS&O promises a special “show within a show” with some of the most toe-tapping hits to keep you singing along the entire time! Take a peek down Main Street Clayton with an amazing set that will allow the audience to become be a part of a unique experience! Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees, and group discounts are available.

For more information about ATS&O visit aroundtownsingers.org.