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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.

In this gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in the heart of Amsterdam, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Guest Directed by Dirk Lumbard.

Tickets go on sale for The Diary of Anne Frank this Saturday, August 29, at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at The Imperial Centre front Desk. Tickets are $11 for Adults, $9 for Students and Seniors, and $7 for Children Under 12. Tickets may be purchased during The Imperial Centre's regularly scheduled hours. The Imperial Centre is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

September 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 p.m. and September 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for our production of The Diary of Anne Frank! We are excited to announce the cast:

Anne Frank............Samantha Gaskins
Otto Frank............Jim Lowdermilk
Edith Frank...........Dawn Whitehurst
Margot Frank..........Kate Brittain
Miep Gies.............Nicole Bellamy
Peter Van Daan........Aaron David Riggs
Mr. Kraler............Stephen Moen
Mrs. Van Daan.........Kate Bortner
Mr. Van Daan..........Ivan Price
Mr. Dussel............Stephen Ingle

Congratulations to our cast. Don't miss The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Dirk Lumbard, at The Theater at The Maria V. Howard Arts Center, running September 24, 25, 26, and 27.

The Theater at the Imperial Centre will be holding auditions for their next production "A Christmas Story" by Philip Grecian, adapted from Jean Shepherd's memoir and film, directed by Brooke Edwards.

Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29 and 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Theater at the Imperial Centre. Please prepare a one to two minute comedic monologue. If you do not have a monologue material will be provided for you to read.

Cast Needs:
- 2 Women
- 2 Men
- 5 Boys ages 8 to 16
- 2 Girls ages 8 to 12
Blind Casting. We are seeking an ethnically diverse cast.

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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