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Big lineup for Prizery’s 10th year

SoVaNow.com / August 06, 2015
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Prizery.

Ever since The Prizery opened in September 2005, there has been a performance season each year. The Prizery has hosted various acts from The Vienna Boy’s Choir to Suzanne Vega, the Morgan State Gospel Choir to Oleta Adams. Now as we approach the celebration of our tenth year in operation, we are proud to announce the new performance season for 2015-16.

Leading the way is a return of our two favorite divas, Brad Bass and Alison Streeter, performing some of their favorite pop and Broadway tunes in Dueling Divas II. Chris Jones will accompany on the piano with Robert Anderson on upright bass and Paul Robleto on drums. A group of 10 young divas in training will also perform. You will have two opportunities to check out the great music, Saturday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 16, 2.30 p.m. Don’t miss this great live music event.

A diva in her own right is singer Melinda Doolittle. Melinda won third spot in the American Idol contest in 2007 and has made a name for herself in the R&B/Gospel world ever since. Simon Cowell said that Melinda should have been the winner that year. She will be joined by her combo and promises a powerful afternoon of inspiring music. Melinda will perform on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

The Prizery considers arts education an important part of the arts mission for our community and the region beyond. Aquila Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The company is a mix of American and English actors and promises some of the best interpretation of William Shakespeare in the world of classical theatre. “Romeo and Juliet” will also be presented for school students.

Returning to The Prizery is America’s favorite singer in the Christian music field, the incomparable Sandi Patty. Sandi is simply known as “The Voice” in many professional music circles. She has won five Grammy Awards and four Billboard Music Awards. Sandi has three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million records sold worldwide. Sandi Patty will have a backup choir made up of local singers. These tickets will go fast for the Sunday, Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. concert.

Mountain Heart makes its third appearance on The Prizery stage and we are counting on a third sellout crowd. Their special blend of bluegrass, country and country rock always pleases. Local musician Matt Boswell will open for the group with some of his original music. Mountain Heart performs on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The first show produced locally on The Prizery stage 10 years ago was Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Halifax County Little Theatre and The Prizery will partner to produce this holiday classic with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It’s a holiday treat for all the family presented by local talent! Shows will take place on Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” is directed by Chris Jones with musical direction by Alison Streeter.

Elegance and Romance: Rainier Trio and Friends is a night of brilliant classical entertainment. Bryan and Kevin Matheson are joined by director of Opera Roanoke, tenor Scott Williamson, acclaimed soprano Amy Coalfield Williamson and Judith Clark on the piano.

Join us for this wonderful concert on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Something new. The Prizery will host its first sing-a-long as Disney’s Frozen will come to The Prizery’s big screen for two performances on Saturday Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, 2:30 p.m. Just follow the bouncing ball and sing, sing sing.

In March, Virginia Opera makes its first appearance at The Prizery with two different shows.

First up on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. members of the opera company will sing your favorite arias and Broadway tunes, A Night of Opera and Broadway. Then on Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m. they will present their very own production of “Little Red Riding Hood” written by Opera Virginia staff. It is especially conceived for a young audience and is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of opera. Virginia Opera is the recognized state opera of Virginia.

Richmond Ballet II is the touring arm of the Richmond Ballet. Not only will they present a concert for the public, but also a great arts education moment for our local students. The concert will feature traditional and avant-garde dances. The public performance is Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The Crooked Road on Tour will present two traditional music bands from Southwest Virginia, Whitetop Mountain Band and Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder. Both bands are part of the Crooked Road that meanders through Southwest Virginia and highlights all the stops that feature traditional music. The concert happens on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Johnny Rodgers Band will complete our 2015-16 season on Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Johnny sings all the great songs of the American songbook. He once toured with Liza Minelli and has been abroad as a Rhythm Road Music Ambassador for the US State Department. Johnny Rodgers and his band will be sure to please.

Season tickets are on sale now. You can purchase a season ticket for the entire season and receive a discount of 10 percent on all the shows. Call the box-office at 434-572-8339 or order online at prizery.com.

Upcoming Prizery Events: Continuing through August in the Robert F. Cage Gallery is Dianna Allen’s Photography, featuring many of her photos of past Summer Theatre shows. Diana will host a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1-4 p.m. in the gallery.

Showing in September and October is Sharon Saseen, artist, book author and illustrator from Savannah, Ga. The opening of Saseen’s exhibit is Sunday, Sept. 13 from 3-5 p.m. in the Robert F. Cage Gallery located within the Prizery. The event is open to the public at no charge.

Festival of Trees, Nov. 20-21 (Times to be determined). Cocktails on Friday evening, breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning. The event features fully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other home decor items that will be sold as a fundraiser for The Prizery. A choir will provide music of the holiday season.





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