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

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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!

WOW! What A Great Palladian Series Schedule For 2017-18

Fifteen years! Can you believe it? The Clayton Center presented its very first show 15 years ago, and from the moment we opened the doors, it has been an extraordinary experience.

To celebratchicks with hits clayton nce our milestone, we have pulled together a phenomenal schedule of events that you will not want to miss! Tickets will go on sale later this summer, but we want to be sure you save the dates. So, it is with great fanfare – drum roll, please – that The Clayton Center announces the 2017-18 Palladian Series…

We open on Thursday October 19 with the hottest ticket in town. Three of Nashville’s shining female stars roll into town on their Chicks With Hits tour. Country music’s Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss  perform a guitar-pull style acoustic show that features your favorite hit songs from their legendary careers.

Kathy Mattea – another chick who has garnered a ton of hits – takes our stage on Saturday, November 11. Kathy invites you into her Acoustic Living Room to enjoy songs and stories she shares with her long-time musical collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley. Sit back and enjoy Kathy’s beloved classics, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and some brand new material.

Our December gift to you is none other than The Celtic Tenors. Our favorite Irishmen — Daryl, James and Matthew — return to Clayton on Friday, December 8. Join them for their rousing renditions of Irish folk standards, fun and energetic pop favorites and classic Christmas tunes.

The excitement continues into 2018 as singer/songwriter and recording artist Carrie Newcomer stops by on Saturday, February 10. Carrie has been listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT, and as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years.

Our favorite local country boys, The Malpass Brothers – who hail from just down the road in Goldsboro – join us on Friday, March 16. Christopher and Taylor may be young, but they will shine with their classic performance of traditional country favorites.

Our 15th season closes with Canadian contemporary folk/pop artist David Myles. If you haven’t heard David’s music, you need to check him out and then come and see him on Thursday, May 17. The best way to describe him is a cross between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake. Just like The Clayton Center, David’s music is timeless.

Check out our ticket sales timeline here.

The Clayton Center Offices Closed July 3 and July 4

The Clayton Center box office will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen at 10 AM on Wednesday, July 5. During this time, tickets to Clayton Youth Theater’s summer musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will be available online. Click here to purchase tickets.

Celebrate July 4th At Municipal Park

July 4th activities are the hottest ticket in town this Tuesday! Join Clayton Parks & Recreation for the decades-old Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton.

Activities start at 4 PM, and much of the fun is free – there will be free family field games, free ice cream, free watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department, a free concert and, of course, free fireworks!

Other activities (available at a cost) will include food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark and often the live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show. That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic.

If you want to see all the fireworks – more shells than we’ve ever had before – and be in the middle of all the fun, be at Municipal Park on July 4.

“Little Shop of Horrors” Tickets On Sale Monday

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM this Monday, June 26, for Clayton Youth Theater’s 10th anniversary production, Little Shop of Horrors. Join the amazing cast of area teens (students ages 12-18) as they present this deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax and fees. Tickets are available online at or through the box office by phone at 919-553-1737 or in person at 111 E. Second Street.