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The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

James Judd with Jen Kober
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm

James Judd is a stand-up storyteller and radio personality from NPR’s Snap Judgment, the legendary improv troupe The Groundlings, and The New Faces of the Hollywood Improv. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, James weaves comic, autobiographical tales that crowd the stage with hilarious characters and situations. James will be joined by Jen Kober who brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. $22


CYT Workshop: Un-“Frozen” With CYT
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration required. Register here. Visit Carolina Youth Theatre for more information about programs and performances.

Un- “Frozen” With CYT
Grades: 3-5
Instructor: Stephanie Benner
Tuition: $30

Are you more like fire, earth, air, or water? Explore characteristics of the four nature elements featured in Frozen 2. Students will identify and personify each spirit through movement and vocal exercises, building courage, confidence, and performance skills.

CYT Workshop: Wild About Dance!
Mar 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration required. Register here. Visit Carolina Youth Theatre for more information about programs and performances.

Wild About Dance!
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Chasta Hamilton
Tuition: $30

Walk on the wild side with CYT as we journey through an animal-themed safari of movement! Using inspiration from the musicals CatsThe Lion King, and Tarzan, students will explore fun and engaging movement patterns that translate into dance on stage!

CANCELED – CYT Workshop: Audition Prep: Mastering the Art of the Cold Read
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration required. Register here. Visit Carolina Youth Theatre for more information about programs and performances.

Audition Prep: Mastering the Art of the Cold Read
Grades: 6-12
Instructor: Stephanie Benner
Tuition: $30

Have you shown up to an audition, had a scene thrown at you, and had to read for a character you’ve never heard of before? Come learn a few tips to quickly find your character and show off your acting chops on the fly! This is a great opportunity to prepare for upcoming auditions.

Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ChamberSoul cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker, accompanied by Christian Tamburr on piano, share “songs for the season” — a thoughtfully curated evening of music and conversation, in classic cabaret style. This musical program will feature songs celebrating the upcoming holidays and also selections that reflect upon the “season” of 2020.

This Livestream Concert will be broadcast on YouTube at the following link:


FAITH & SCARS – Livestream Virtual Concert
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This Livestream Concert will be broadcast on The Clayton Center’s Facebook, as well as YouTube at the following link:


This concert is made possible with support from the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.
Brad Upton & Don Friesen
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

Don Friesen & Brad Upton

Direct from Dry Bar Comedy… Don Friesen and Brad Upton!

If you missed Don Friesen‘s hilarious Showtime one-hour special, Ask Your Mom, you’ve got to catch him live at The Clayton Center. Engaging, clever and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.

As the only two-time winner in the 41-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen’s credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies, 100.3 The Sound’s Laughter at 45 After, and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Brad Upton was a 4th grade teacher and high school track coach when he stepped on stage for the very first time in September of 1984. He’s never looked back. He quickly rose through the standup ranks making numerous television appearances and headlining comedy clubs from coast-to-coast.

In September of 2018 Upton surpassed 6,000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. He has spent the last 12 years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers.

Upton has also been seen in concert with The Smothers Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lewis Black, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Neal McCoy and many others. He writes about everyday life, a long-term marriage and anything else that pops into his head. He packs more laughs-per-minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business.,

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved.
    Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.