Happy Holidays From The Clayton Center

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff of The Clayton Center! The Clayton Center offices, including the Box Office, will be closed for the holidays from December 23 through January 1. During this time, tickets to all upcoming events will be available online. If you need assistance during this time, please leave a message for the box office staff. Messages will be checked periodically throughout the week. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Christmas Time At The Clayton Center

‘Tis the season for holiday events at The Clayton Center.

The schedule kicks off this Sunday, December 3, when Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents “The Nutcracker.” This is the fourth year that Tippy Toes has produced this holiday classic at The Clayton Center. The show begins at 6 PM.

On Saturday, December 16, the Johnston County Chorale proves that it is the most wonderful time of the year with its annual holiday concert. The Chorale will perform in two shows — the first at 2 PM and then again at 7 PM. In addition to holiday classics, the show will feature students from the Artistry in Motion Dance Studio and a visit from Santa Claus.

When the auditorium is quiet this month, our other spaces will be brimming with good cheer as The Clayton Center welcomes several local businesses and families for their annual holiday parties. The Main Lobby Gallery and Council Chambers provide the perfect setting for these celebrations.


Enjoy An Evening With The Celtic Tenors

The Celtic Tenors – three tenors, one voice.

The charismatic, globe trotting trio are the most successful classical crossover act to emerge from Ireland.  They just sing songs they love, and they most certainly don’t take themselves too seriously.  It’s all about the music, the harmonies and the fun.
With over a million CDs sold world wide, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique.  The skill, range and ability of world class tenors, combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers.
With The Celtic Tenors, you will get more than a performance from world class artists, you will enjoy an evening to savor, with a sparkling good humored performance.  Despite their success, they love what they do and don’t take themselves too seriously.
Three unique solo voices, but One Tenor Sound!

Auditions For CYT Winter Show Are This Weekend

Clayton Youth Theater is looking for a few students in grades 7 through 12 to cast in the CYT winter show Anne of Green Gables.

Auditions will be held this Friday, November 17, at 6:30 PM and Saturday, November 18, beginning at 10 AM. If needed, call backs will be held on SuCYT Winter Show at The Clayton Centernday, November 19. Complete audition details are available at the CYT website.

CYT will perform Anne of Green Gables, which is based on the beloved novel by L.M. Montgomery and adapted for the stage by Peter DeLaurier, at The Clayton Center on Thursday and Friday, February 22-23, at 7 PM and Saturday, February 24, at 2 PM and 7 PM. Tickets will go on sale in January.

Woman’s Club of Clayton Serves Up a Taste of Carolina This Week

Join the Woman’s Club of Clayton for their annual Taste of Carolina fundraiser this Thursday, November 2, at 6:30 PM. Enjoy samples from 14 area restaurants, other refreshments and one of the best silent auctions around, all in one place.

All proceeds from this event go directly to local charities, including Backpack Buddies, Christmas for Kids, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, Clayton Arts Festival, Harbor House, and more. Tickets are only $40 and can be purchased from Mindy Delcher, 919-585-7942.

Standing Room Only Added For Chicks With Hits

If you have been waiting to buy your tickets to see Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss in concert at The Clayton Center next week, you will want to call or go online as soon as possible. Only a handful of seats are still available for next week’s Chicks With Hits concert, so we have added Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets.chicks with hits

Standing Room Only tickets for the 8 PM performance are $21, plus sales tax and fees. Note that these tickets are truly for standing room only; no seats will be available for patrons who purchase tickets for this section. Individual SRO tickets may be purchased online at www.theclaytoncenter.com, by phone at 919-553-1737 or at The Clayton Center Box Office at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

How Well Do You Know These Chicks With Hits?

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The Clayton Center hosts Chicks With Hits — which is getting very close to becoming chicks with a sellout in Clayton —on Thursday, October 19 at 8 PM. (Buy tickets here) We all know the biggest hits produced by Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss. But how much more do you know about them? Read on for more info about their illustrious careers….

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark is a three-time JUNO Award winner and eight-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and she has taken home the Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She still holds the honor of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Terri has sold more than 4 million albums worldwide and has made her mark on radio with 13 Top Ten singles – hits that include “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Terri is host of Country Gold, a four-hour Classic Country radio show that airs on more than 100 stations across the US and Canada. In 2016 Terri brought her critically acclaimed “Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour” to Canada. The 40-city tour traversed Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia and showcased Terri’s hit songs in an intimate acoustic setting with stories and laughs along the way. Terri isn’t slowing down in 2017 — she’ll continue to tour in the US and Canada with her full band and solo shows.

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With six number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier.  With more than 30 singles charting on U.S. Billboard charts and selling more than 7 million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished.  Sony Records “It’s All Relative” (a tribute to Mel Tillis) was USA Today’s #4 Country Album of the Year and most recently Pam has released three albums from her own record label Stellar Cat Records landing her a #1 on the European ECMA Chart. Pam is a 15-time CMA nominee and two-time winner, a nine-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a two-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee.  Most recently, a two time IBMA nominee and one time winner. As a songwriter, Pam’s songs have been recorded by respected names throughout all genres of music, including Chaka Khan, Juice Newton, Dan Seals, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty and Highway 101.  She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show “Nashville,” performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry.   Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career.

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s, Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Letting Go,” and “Drive South”. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at #4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster,” and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, “American Folk Songbook.” In 2014 she released “Lucky,” a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. Her latest offering, “Aces Redux,” is a re-recording of her platinum selling album Aces produced by Suzy with fresh arrangements and her signature sparkling vocals. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning.