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.

The Clayton Center & Town Facilities Closed On May 27

The Clayton Center and all Town of Clayton facilities will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. This includes Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, the Clayton Parks and Recreation‘s Clayton Community Center and Town Hall — including the Utilities & Billing department. Please join us in honoring those who have served.

We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28. Box Office hours are 10 AM-noon and 1-5 PM.

First Free Concert of the Summer Is This Thursday

The 12th annual Clayton Town Square Concert Series kicks off this Thursday, May 16, with your favorite music from the 90s.

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Larger Than Life, dubbed “The Ultimate Boy Band Tribute,” started in New York and is taking the country by storm. They will be joined by their female counterparts – Independent Women.

The music begins at 6:30 pm at Town Square on the corner of Main and O’Neil Streets. Food trucks, a bouncy house, beverage vendors and much more kick off at 6 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy a great night on the square.

Go ahead and mark your calendar for these dates in the series: 

Thursday, June 20 – Band of Oz
Friday, August 16 – Sleeping Booty
Friday, September 6 – The Embers
Wednesday, October 2 – Mountain Heart

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

james judd clayton center

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.

Purchase tickets for the Friday night show now.

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.

New Carolina Youth Theatre logo

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.