Town Offices Closed This Friday, April 19

Town of Clayton offices, including The Clayton Center, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, and the Clayton Community Center, will be closed on Friday, April 19, for the Easter weekend. But things will still be going on around town.

Clayton Parks & Recreation will hold the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 5 and younger 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.

For more info on the Easter Egg Hunt, call the Clayton Parks & Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.

Close Out The Season With Lee Roy Parnell On April 13

The Clayton Center’s 2018-19 Palladian Series goes out in style with the country blues mastery of Lee Roy Parnell. The popular Americana / blues rock artist returns to Clayton on Saturday, April 13, for an 8 PM show.

Lee Roy is described as “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and southern rock traditions.” He is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and laid a new foundation in Nashville with his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice and top-shelf songwriting skills.

Opening for Lee Roy will be hometown singer-songwriter Kennedy Fitzsimmons with Carolina Pine.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this musical legend. Seating is limited. Call today for tickets.

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Comedic Storyteller James Judd Offers Tips of His Trade

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Direct from NPR’s Snap Judgment, comedic storyteller James Judd spoke to a group of Town of Clayton representatives in a masterclass this afternoon, offering tips on how to improve public speaking skills.

James is in town to headline the fifth show in The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series tomorrow night – Friday, March 22, at 8 PM. He will be joined by fellow Snap Judgment alum Jen Kober.

James is often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde. The comedian, author and radio personality connects with audiences as he shares stories of his exploits, including his “spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures.” A former member of the legendary Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings, Judd’s projects include a critically acclaimed solo show and TV appearances on Star Search and Evening at the Improv. He is the winner of NPR’s Snap Judgment 2015 Comedic Performance of the Year Award.

Jen Kober, whose telling of her Girl Scout Cookie story won her the 2016 Snap Judgment Comedic Performance of the Year Award, brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Kober’s powerful performances weave together a southern-style tale of love lost at the buffet, road trip adventures at The Waffle House and midnight mishaps at Wal-Mart. She can also be seen on TV in The Mindy ProjectCurb Your EnthusiasmThe Middle and The Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart. Movies include Grudge Match, Paranoia and American Pie: Reunion.

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CYT Rebrands Itself As Carolina Youth Theatre

You are going to be hearing a lot about Carolina Youth Theatre in the coming months. Carolina Youth Theatre is the rebranding of CYT — the popular Clayton Youth Theater, founded in 2007. Carolina Youth Theatre will expand CYT’s premier theatre opportunities to youth across Central and Eastern North Carolina.

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Clayton Youth Theater has impacted hundreds of students and has entertained nearly 25,000 patrons. As of the spring of 2019, CYT has formally incorporated as Carolina Youth Theatre.

Carolina Youth Theatre’s first production is The Wizard of Oz. The show will be presented in late July and early August. Auditions, which are open to 2nd through 12th graders across North Carolina, begin April 5.

Among Carolina Youth Theatre’s offerings are camps for elementary and middle school students. The CYT Backstage Pass camp will give 2nd-5th graders a hands-on theatrical experience as they work with CYT directors and cast members to put on a performance themed around The Wizard of Oz.

CYT will also launch Stage Right, a three-week camp for 6th-8th grade students that explores the components of musical theatre, and develops the skills necessary to be successful on stage.

For more information, contact: director@carolinayouththeatre.com.

Miss America To Attend Scholarship Pageant This Saturday at The Clayton Center

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Here she is…..Miss America!

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, will appear at the Miss Capital City, Miss Clayton, and Miss Cleveland Scholarship Pageant at The Clayton Center this Saturday, March 2.

Nia was crowned Miss Capital City 2016 on the Clayton Center stage on March 5, 2016. She returns to participate in several activities throughout the day. Early in the day, she will be the guest of honor at a Princess Tea Party with Miss America. The ticketed event will be held from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Women’s Club of Clayton at 109 S. Church St. Tickets can be purchased at  www.misscapitalcitypageant.com (clicking on Fundraising.)

Miss America 2019 will then attend the 6:30 PM Miss Clayton, Miss Cleveland & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant. This pageant is an official local triple preliminary associated with the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant and Miss America Organization. The Miss Clayton, Miss Cleveland & Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. This is the seventh year that the pageant will be held at The Clayton Center.

Tickets for the scholarship pageant can be purchased online or through The Clayton Center box office by telephone or in person.

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CYT’s “The Diviners” Opens Thursday Evening

Clayton Youth Theater presents The Diviners Thursday, February 21, through Saturday, February 23. All shows begin at 7 PM.

The Diviners cast has been working diligently since the first of the year to prepare for this week’s production. As always, this dedicated group of middle and high school students are prepared to give their audience a stellar performance of the Jim Leonard, Jr. drama.

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, The Diviners is the story of a mentally challenged boy and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher. Please note that this show is rated PG for mild language and tragedy.

Tickets for The Diviners are $12 for adults and​ $6 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax and fees. All seating for these performances is reserved.

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MAC POWELL BRINGS 2019 TOUR TO CLAYTON ON MARCH 16

Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Third Day front man, Mac Powell, announced that he is hitting the road this spring with his new band Mac Powell and the Family Reunion. The group will make a stop in Clayton on Saturday, March 16, for an 8 PM show.

Mac first introduced this new formation to fans on the sold out Third Day Farewell Tour in June of 2018, which played to over 100,000 fans in 14 major US markets and concluded an extraordinary touring career that spanned 25 years. The first leg of the 2019 theater tour, produced by Awakening Events, kicks off on March 8, in Greenville, TX, and will initially visit 12 US markets before wrapping up at the historic Bijou Theater in Knoxville on March 29.