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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.


We are very excited about Oliver! and the rest of our productions included in our "mini" season. Tickets go sale for all 3 shows, Friday, February 5th! Season tickets are only $16 for all 3 shows!!! Individual tickets are available as well.

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.

  • Shows: March 4, 5, 11, & 12 @ 7:30 p.m.; March 6 & 13 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Performed at the Theatre at the Imperial Centre

Tickets are on sale for Crowns: A Gospel Musical. Please join us at the Booker T. Theater May 5 - 8 for this inspirational and engaging piece of theatre directed by Ray Shell.

A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. Some rap but predominantly gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds with the more traditional and older Southern blacks, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.

  • Shows: May 5, 6, & 7 @ 7:30 p.m. and May 7 & 8 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Performed at the Booker T Theater
  • Written by: Regina Taylor
  • Adapted from the novel by: Michael Cunningham & Craig Marberry
  • Directed by: Ray Shell

The Cast:

YOLANDA 1: Tiara LovinMe Cooper
YOLANDA 2: Bobbi Jo Bone
MAN 1: Greg Spence
MAN 2: Orlando McCray
MOTHER SHAW 1: Janet Conner-Knox
MOTHER SHAW 2: Margie Skidmore Jesse
JEANETTE 1: Regina Chavis
JEANETTE 2: Alexis Whitten
VELMA 1: Natalya Nesmith
VELMA 2: Penny MzUnderstood Bennett
MABEL 1: Terri Banks
MABEL 2: Traci Dixon
MABEL 3: Tiffany D. Tyson
WANDA 1: Dionne Luckett Spence
WANDA 2: Daphne Trevathan

School of Rock is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black. The musical follows Dewey Finn, A failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. SCHOOL OF ROCK, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with you!!!

  • Shows: July 22 & 23 @ 7:30 p.m. and July 24 @ 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Performed at the Theatre at the Imperial Centre
  • Written by: Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White, Book by Julian Fellowes, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Directed by: James Guy

We are proud to announce the cast and crew of Oliver! the next production at the Theater at the Imperial Centre! We are so excited by this fabulous cast and crew and can't wait to get started!

Oliver: Jaden Rogers
Artful Dodger: Austin Reaves
Charlie: Seth Schenell
Fagin: James Guy
Nancy: Brooke Edwards
Bill Sykes: Scott Loveless
Mr. Bumble: Richard Stover
Widow Corney: Jane Kolunie-Webb
Mr. Sowerberry: Ray Outlaw
Mrs. Sowerberry: MaryAnn Powell
Charlotte: Leah Henkel
Noah Claypole: Rex Sauls
Bet: Morgan Cobb
Mr. Brownlow: Quandail Schenell
Old Sally: Mary Frances Bush
Mrs. Bedwin: Tammy Reason
Dr. Grimwig: Stephen Moen

Oscar Seale
Noah Seale
Lilah Rodriguez
Gracie Oxendine
Dinari Reynolds
Cannon Puckett
Hannah Bass
Morgan Bass
Bria Washington
Justin Strickland
Amaya Williams
Damien Wozniak
Jillian Schrimper
Luke King
Jordan Creech
Annemarie Dzinbal
Monica Mann
John Thomas Floyd
Caleb Schenell
Lauren Sullivan
Jackson Outland
Bo Browder
Ollie Mann
Benjamin Nale
Jonathan Nale
Symone Kernahan
Kacey Johnson

Adult Ensemble:
Candace McKoy
David Hoggard
Brent Hoggard
Jaron Fields
Amber Perry
Samantha Dupree
George Thorne
Danielle Matrejek
Allen Pittman
Natalya Nesmith
Jessica Jefferys
Kim Winnett
Ursula Forrester
Jim Singleton

Production Crew:
Director/Choreographer: Dirk Lumbard
Music Director:Lawrence Goering
Set Design: Ray Outlaw
Costume Design: Pat Allen
Stage Manager: Jama Greene

Congratulations to everyone.

Please stay tuned for the announcement of the entire season and season ticket sales.
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.
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.

For more information, email