Season Kick-Off Preview Party Sold Out

Clayton Center NC season kickoffWe are excited to announce that tickets to next week’s season preview party featuring Shana Tucker, with catering by Ingredient, have sold out. Even if you didn’t have the chance to get tickets, we hope that you will check out our upcoming shows in the 15th anniversary Palladian Series. We have some great performances scheduled and you won’t want to miss.

Check Us Out On WNCN

Clayton Center NC season kickoffHave you seen our new commercial running locally on WNCN? Check out CBS This Morning at 7 AM, the North Carolina newscasts at 9 AM and 6 PM, and the Ellen Degeneres Show at 3 PM to catch Scotty and Stacy discussing our upcoming season kick-off and preview party on Thursday, August 24. Or, click here to see the clip.

Clayton Couple Named Scene Stealers Of The Year

Stan and Vicki Hole of Clayton were named The Clayton Center’s Scene Stealer volunteers of the year for the 2016-17 Palladian Series season. Stan and Vicki, who volunteer as greeters, ushers and ticket scanners at shows throughout the season, were honored at the annual Scene Stealer Appreciation dinner held at The Clayton Center on Thursday, August 3.

All of the Scene Stealers who were active throughout the season were treated to dinner and tickets to Clayton Youth Theater’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors.

The Scene Stealers are a dedicated group of volunteers who work as greeters, ushers and ticket takers and who pass out programs and assist with concessions during events at the Clayton venue.

The Scene Stealer of the Year – chosen each year by the staff of The Clayton Center – is recognized for a commitment to ensuring that our patrons have an enjoyable experience when they attend an event at The Clayton Center.

Stan and Vicki are pictured at right with Scene Stealer coordinator and CYT director Nikki Dyke.

Want to get involved with the Scene Stealers?


Only Three More Chances To See “Little Shop Of Horrors”

little shop of horrors at The Clayton CenterFeed your need for great entertainment, and come on out to see Clayton Youth Theater in one of the final three performances of “Little Shop Of Horrors.” The excitement continues tonight, Friday and Saturday evenings, August 3 through 5. All shows start at 7 PM.

Tickets are available through the box office between 10 AM and noon and 1 to 5 PM Thursday and Friday, and starting at 6 PM at the door each evening.


It’s Show Week! “Little Shop Of Horrors” Opens This Friday

CYT Little Shop of Horrors

Get your tickets to Clayton Youth Theater’s 10th Anniversary production of Little Shop of Horrors. The show opens this Friday evening, July 28, at 7 PM. Other showtimes include Saturday, July 29, at 2 PM, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 3, 4, and 5, at 7 PM. Call the Box Office at 919-553-1737 or purchase tickets here.

Shana Tucker Stars In Our Season Kick-off Show

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Join us on Thursday, August 24, for a kick-off party, starring Shana Tucker, to preview the 15th anniversary Palladian Series.

The price is right! For just $10 per ticket, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) in the Council Chambers before the show, and then head to the auditorium for a performance by the incomparable and irresistible Shana Tucker.

The Durham Herald-Sun calls Shana, “An absolute stunner,” and says, “Her original gumbo of jazz, folk and R&B evokes the spirit of Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding.”

Shana’s style and sound are influenced by her jazz and classical roots, which she deftly weaves with the pop music, movie soundtracks and world music of the 80s and 90s.

Having opened for internationally acclaimed artists, including Norah Jones, Lisa Fischer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Javon Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Indigo Girls, Shana’s vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers.

For the past 5 years, Shana has balanced her theatre, club and festival performances with her role as featured cellist/vocalist in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2017 she returned to her full-time touring and recording schedule. She has new collaborations in the offing, and is working to complete her sophomore recording project, set for release before the end of the year.

The season kick-off reception will be held from 6-7:15 PM. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Seating for this event will be limited (only 300 seats are available), so purchase your tickets early!

Couple Continues To Make Timeless Memories At The Clayton Center

Todd Furhmann wanted to add a special touch to his 10th wedding anniversary, so, he brought his wife, Crystal to The Clayton Center – in the middle of the day, when there was nothing going on. The gesture made Crystal smile.

The Clayton Center has a special place in the hearts of the Dagsboro, Delaware, couple. Ten years ago – on July 7, 2007 – Todd and Crystal began their life together by taking their wedding vows in a ceremony held in The Clayton Center auditorium.

This afternoon Todd and Crystal returned to the stage with their two children, Madison, 7, and Tristen, 5, and their St. Bernard, Daisy. Just as he did 10 years ago, Todd gave Crystal a ring to show his love for her. This time, Crystal cried.

“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “He’s not usually a romantic, but he really got me on this one.”

Todd and Crystal met in 2002 when they were both working as athletic trainers at Mt. Olive College. Crystal – a Bentonville native and the sister of The Clayton Center’s Operation Manager, Steven Langston – knew that the Center was becoming a popular event venue. So, when she and Todd got engaged, it was the obvious choice for their reception site.

Not quite as obvious, but an idea that made perfect sense, was to hold the ceremony in the The Clayton Center auditorium. The Fuhrmanns were the first couple to tie the knot under the stage lights, starting a trend that has become very popular among local brides.

“Todd’s family is from Delaware and up north,” Crystal explained. “The Clayton Center was a good meeting place for everyone. It’s near hotels, restaurants, and it’s easy to get to. We just knew it would be convenient for everyone.”

The Fuhrmanns have lived all of their 10 married years in Delaware, where Todd is athletic director and athletic trainer for Indian River High School. Crystal still works alongside him part-time as an athletic trainer, but she is also a paraprofessional in autism at the Howard T. Ennis School. The couple and their children likes to go to the beach, which is not far from their home, and spend quality family time together. The family also travels to Johnston County several times a year to visit family in Bentonville, and they are here on vacation this weekend.

The Clayton Center staff wishes Todd and Crystal a very happy 10th anniversary! We hope you will come back and see us on your 20th!