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The Arts Center's community theatre has been a part of the Rocky Mount community for more than 50 years. The Theatre offers a wide variety of productions, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and children's theatre,and relies on volunteers to continue its tradition of success. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of production including acting, set construction and painting, sewing and altering of costumes, props acquisition, stage management, and technical operations. Ushers, house managers, and concessionaires are needed for every performance throughout the year. For information on how you can be part of the community theatre please call 972-1156.
What is NO SHAME?
No Shame is a movement in theatre that has been happening around the world since the 1980s. Think of it as an open mic night for the theatre with only three basic rules--that the work be original, less than 5 minutes long, and not break any laws. It's so simple a child could do it...and has. At No Shame anything can happen and usually does. The full range of performance is open to you. On any given night you might see a poem, a dance piece, a puppet show, a monologue, a mime routine, stand-up comedy, a song, improvisation, jugglers, and a magic act--all followed by a delightful ditty on a hand saw.

It's a place where you can take risks. Where you can dare to fail. Not because failure is your goal, but because you learn the most by attempting greatness, even if you don't quite achieve it. No Shame is a place where fear of failure will not keep you from trying to succeed.

It's a place where the new becomes the now. Where something fresh out of your mind can be shared with an audience.

No Shame's audience, performers, and writers are constantly changing roles in a single evening, fostering a spirit of cooperation—not competition. No Shame is different from other theatres because anyone can walk in the door the first night and participate in any way they choose. No Shame isn't something you join; it's something that by just being there you are already helping to lead.

Join us at the Imperial Centre on the first Friday of every month, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, starting Friday, November 6th! Sign up for acts starts at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are now on sale for the 47th Annual Christmas Chorus and A Christmas Story. Mini-Season Tickets available. Only $16 for both shows! Please visit our front desk or call 252-972-1266 for tickets or more details!

The Maria V. Howard Arts Center is excited to announce the cast for their production A Christmas Story:

Ralph as an adult – Greg Spence
Ralphie Parker – Dinari Reynolds
Mother – Daphne Trevathan
The Old Man – Ray Outlaw
Randy – John Thomas Floyd
Miss Sheilds – Ursula Forrester
Flick – Atticus Stoughton
Schwartz – Justin Strickland
Esther Jane Alberry – Alayna Hendricks
Helen Weathers – Macy Floyd
Scut Farcus – Johnhenry Wirman
Cowboy, Tree Lot Owner, ensemble - Chris Medina
Black Bart – Bo Browder
Delivery Driver, Neighbor, Ensemble – Alaina Nunez
Desperado One, Scut's Sidekick – Noah Caudle
Desprado Two, Scut's Sidekick – Kemari Jones
School Children & Ralphie’s Classmates – Towwanna Canade’, Lachlan Vester, Cayden Gurganus, Gracie Oxendine, Mason Jenkins

Congratulations to our incredible cast! Don't miss them in this family holiday favorite!

Performances are December 10, 11, & 12 at 7:30 p.m. and December 12 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Join the Theatre staff and each show's cast following their opening night performance for a reception celebrating the production. Ticket holders for opening nights are invited to participate. Each event features complimentary drinks and snacks.
The Arts Center maintains a small archive of photos from past productions, and is pleased to offer a few samples of those pictures here. The archive creates a visual showcase for the Community Theatre's production work, volunteer actors and creative team. Please click to see photos from past seasons.

Young Actors Theatre - Silent Movie #3165
YAT is a theater camp for students ages 13-18. This year the theme is Silent Movie. To save Stonekey Studios, the staff has to look to the past in order to save the future.
Location: Meets in the IMPC Theatre daily
Ages: At least 13 but less than 19
Fee: Resident: $105.00 Non-Resident: $165.00
Dates: Monday June 8, 2015 - Friday, June 26, 2015
Times: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Performances: June 26th at 7:30 PM & June 27th @ 2 PM

PlayShop - Monsters! #3164
Playshop is a theater camp for students ages 8-12. This year the theme is Monsters! Vampires, Mummies, and more gather for music and laughter: they’ll put the fun back into funereal.
Location: Meets in the Theatre daily
Ages: 8 to 13
Fee: Resident: $105.00, Non-Resident: $165.00
Dates: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Times: 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Performances: July 24th at 7:30 & July 25th at 2 PM

Auditions for Community Theatre productions take place throughout the year, approximately 6 to 8 weeks before performance dates. Audition information may be obtained by calling the theatre office at 252-972-1156.

Perusal scripts for all shows are available at the Theatre Box Office. Scripts may be checked out for 48 hours. There is a $5 deposit for non-musicals, and a $10 deposit for musicals.

Call or come by between 10 AM and 5 PM, Tuesday - Friday. The box office is located at the Imperial Centre, inside the Arts Center's Galleries, 270 Gay Street. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover accepted.

Box Office: 252-972-1266

Season tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for Seniors & Students, and may be purchased through March 16, 2014.

Tickets for individual shows are $11 for adults, $9 for Seniors and students (with ID), and $7 for children 12 and under. All seats for Christmas Chorus are $10.

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