“Little Shop Of Horrors” Marks Clayton Youth Theater 10th Anniversary

CYT Little Shop of Horrors

Clayton Youth Theater began rehearsals last week for their 10th anniversary summer production. The group goes back to their roots – literally – with their production of the sci-fi musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop of Horrors was the very first show that CYT staged in 2007. Since then, they have presented 17 productions and sold nearly 19,000 tickets.

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The schedule of events surrounding the 2017 production includes five performances – July 28 and 29 and August 3, 4, and 5 – an alumni reception and the popular Backstage Pass camp. So mark your calendars, and check back here and at the CYT web site for more details throughout the summer.

Tickets to all of the July and August performances of Little Shop of Horrors go on sale on Monday, June 26, at 10 AM.

Get Down With Motown On Town Square This Friday

If the sounds of Motown put you in a dancing mood, then come on out to Town Square this Friday as the Clayton Downtown Development Association kicks off the 2017 Town Square Concert Series with The Legacy Motown Revue.

The Legacy, presented by The Arbors, will take you back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations and many more legendary icons. The group features talented singers, plus an amazing six-piece horn band. The music starts at 6 PM, but the fun begins at 5:30, with food trucks, a bounce house, vendors and more.

The Town Square Concert Series will continue monthly throughout the summer. The remaining concert dates are June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 8. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for these free public concerts, but please leave your coolers at home.



Broadway Musical Magic Comes To The Clayton Center

The Johnston County Chorale presents the spring concert — “Broadway Musical Magic” — tomorrow at 2 PM and 7 PM at the Clayton Center.

The 2017 concert will feature music from all your favorite Broadway shows, including Motown the Musical, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Cabaret, Fame, Guys and Dolls and more.

Tickets are $15, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 5 or more. Please call the box office for assistance with group tickets or handicapped accessible seating.

Tickets for this show can be purchased here, or by calling The Clayton Center Box Office at 919-553-1737.

Palladian Series Ends On A High Note

“I took my husband to see the Rock Legends show and we loved it. It was awesome!”

“Great show. What a way to end the season!”

We have received tons of comments like these since we closed the 2016-17 Palladian Series on Saturday with Billy McGuigan and his Rock Legends show. We had a great audience here, and they really enjoyed the music and the magic of the evening.

The Palladian Series may be over for this season, but the auditorium will be far from quiet in the coming months. Our schedule for the summer includes dance and music recitals in May and June, the Johnston County Chorale annual spring concert, rehearsal and production of Clayton Youth Theater’s summer musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” and more.

Of course, we will also announce our 2017-18 Palladian Series and begin ticket sales for the season.

Please check in to this site throughout the summer for all of the latest news about what’s happening at The Clayton Center. As always, thanks to our sponsors and patrons for your continued support!

Hippity, Hoppity – The Easter Bunny Is On The Way

Town Offices Closing on Good Friday

The Easter Bunny at Clayton Community ParkTown of Clayton offices, including The Clayton Center, will close on Friday, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday. But that won’t stop Clayton Parks and Recreation from holding the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park.

The Egg Hunt – which is for preschoolers ages 5 and under – will begin promptly at 10:30 AM. The Easter Bunny will arrive on a Clayton Fire Engine to meet and take pictures with the whole family! Please plan to arrive early as parking is limited.

Get Ready To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Billy McGuigan in Rock Legends at The Clayton CenterGet ready to rock & roll with Billy McGuigan in his show Rock Legends on Saturday, April 22. The show, which is the final performance in The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 Palladian Series, begins at 8 PM.

In preparation for this look back at some of the best rock n’ roll music of the 50s through the 80s, we have compiled some rockin’ rock n’ roll facts.

  • Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.
  • Chuck Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only performed music to buy photography equipment.
  • Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze after dreaming about walking under the sea.
  • John Lennon was featured as the cover story on the first issue of Rolling Stone.
  • The Beatles’ 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered to be the first-ever concept album.
  • London Calling was named after a phrase used in a BBC show during WWII: “Good morning America, this is London Calling.”
  • Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited is named after Route 61, the highway that goes through his home state Minnesota through the Mississippi Delta.
  • Brian Jones, co-founder of The Rolling Stones, was proficient at over 60 musical instruments.
  • The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard.
  • Queen has the longest-running fan club, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The Eagles started out as the backup band for Linda Ronstadt.
  • The first CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  • Pink Floyd’s original name was Sigma 6.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan was the guitarist on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album.

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Bust Loose With HMI Student Showcase This Saturday

HMI The Clayton CenterStudents of Hamptown Music Institute will be “Bustin’ Loose” on Saturday, April 8, as they take to The Clayton Center stage for the third annual HMI student showcase.

The show will highlight Clayton’s budding musical artists in grades K-12, as well as adults, as they perform a variety of musical offerings.

HMI founder Ivan Hampden, Jr. has a storied professional background. Hampden was born and raised in New York City, and grew up in Harlem’s musically diverse neighborhoods to the rhythms of R&B, salsa, Caribbean, jazz, blues, pop, funk and whatever else trickled in. This saturation of music inspired Hampden to start playing the drums at the age of eight. By the time he was 13, he was playing in local clubs in and around New York City, with blues musicians who helped instill in him a sense of timing and groove. The musical diversity of his early youth set the foundation for Hampden’s future work with percussion and keyboards.

Throughout his career, Hampden has performed with numerous recording artists, including Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, Phil Perry, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez.He has also worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Maceo Parker, El Debarge, Kenny Lattimore, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Michael MacDonald.

Tickets for “Bustin Loose” are availalbe online at theclaytoncenter.com or through The Clayton Center box office. Tickets are $12.50, plus sales tax and fees. All seating is general admission. The show begins at 7:30 PM.