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Annie opens Thursday at The Prizery

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“ANNIE” OPENS THURSDAY – Olivia Noblin, left, and Gracie Berneche, both of Scottsburg, apply makeup in the dressing room before donning their iconic curly red wigs. They alternate performances of “Annie,” which opens Thursday evening at The Prizery arts center. “Annie” runs the evenings of July 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, Aug. 4, 5, 6, 7 with discounted 2 p.m. matinees on July 24, 28, Aug. 4, 7. Discounts are available for seniors and youth. Tickets: (434) 572-8339 and http://www.prizery.com. (Photo courtesy David Conner II)
Finally! “Annie” opens Thursday night at The Prizery arts center.

Two shows remain for ‘Strut’

South Boston News
Only two more chances to catch "A Fine Romance," "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "In The Mood" and many more Greatest Generation tunes! Joseph Rosko, a native of Ohio and a graduate of Coastal Carolina, sings and dances in "All Night Strut." The second of The Prizery's Summer Musical Theatre shows is getting raves for its energetic, sentimental, all-dance, all-music revue of the 1940s. It runs Thursday (plan to come straight from Downtown's Third Thursday event) and Friday evenings. Mark your calendar: The perennial favorite "Annie," starring local children, opens July 22 for 14 shows. Tickets: (434) 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com. Photo courtesy Dianna Allen Portrait Design.

Prizery musicians keep beat on lots of fronts

South Boston News
Music is what’s making “All Night Strut” such a hit: The greatest songs from the 1940s (“As Times Goes By,” “Minnie the Moocher,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’”) played and sung with passion and precision. Onstage at The Prizery arts center making that music are, from left, Kamron Lusk, percussion; John Sibley, saxophone; Jon Latane, piano and Randy Savage, bass. “All Night Strut” plays Wednesday (two shows), Thursday (come directly from Downtown’s Third Thursday event) and closes Friday. “Annie” opens July 22. For tickets (youth and seniors get discounts): 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com.
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about the onstage professional musicians in “All Night Strut,” the all-music and -dance revue getting raves at The Prizery, in South Boston, is that they aren’t exactly what they seem.

‘Strut’ opens Thursday at The Prizery

South Boston News
‘ALL NIGHT STRUT’ OPENS TONIGHT FOR EIGHT SHOWS – Crooner Robbie Owenby and the dancers behind him rehearse a rousing number atop an arresting, three-tiered Art Deco-style set with a four-piece combo accompanying them. The family-friendly 1940s music and dance revue opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery arts center in downtown South Boston; a free reception by Berry Hill Resort’s Chef Kurt Vogel begins at 6:15 p.m. Closing night is Friday, July 16. Senior, youth and matinee discounts are available. For Summer Theatre Celebration tickets and a schedule: (434) 517-0271 or http://www.prizery.com.

Steinway Project fund-raiser Saturday at The Prizer

South Boston News
EBONY & IVORY – Members of the Steinway Committee, which plans and organizes campaigns and events for the Steinway Project, prepare for Ebony & Ivory, the group’s first fund-raising event. They hope to buy a concert-quality grand piano for The Prizery arts center. The event will take place Saturday evening at the Prizery before a performance of the musical “All Night Strut.”  Committee members are, from left, Dolly Fallen, Mike Rowe, Frances Harrell, Mickey Thomas, Dr. Major Wray and Lucia Malon. To learn more about the Steinway Project, visit http://www.bcbonline.com/steinwayfund.  For more information on Saturday’s event, call Mike Rowe at (434) 575-0050.

‘All Night Strut’ has greatest tunes of Greatest Generation

South Boston News
ALL NIGHT STRUT – The cast (the women with their hair in pincurls so they’ll have a retro look for the night’s performance) goes through “In the Mood, “White Cliffs of Dover” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” The next musical in The Prizery’s Summer Musical Celebration continues when “All Night Strut” opens Thursday, July 8. Those attending that special evening will be treated to a free reception by Berry Hill Resort’s acclaimed chef, Kurt Vogel, prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance. “Strut” is a family-friendly, all-music, all-dance review of the most beloved World War II-era songs. For tickets: (434) 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com. (Photo by Dianna Allen Portrait Design)
The Prizery’s Summer Musical Celebration continues with the opening of “All Night Strut” on Thursday, July 8. Ticketholders that special night will be treated to a free reception by Berry Hill Resort’s acclaimed chef prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Local teen gets break in ‘Dames’

South Boston News
Churaqui Mosley, 19, who spent much of his youth in Halifax County, is back for on-stage and backstage roles in The Prizery’s three summer musicals. In “Dames at Sea,” which plays through Saturday, he’s in the funny “Singapore Sue” number; otherwise, he’s creating beautiful coiffures of the 1930s and helping with costumes. For tickets: (434) 572-8339 or http://www.prizery.com
The Prizery’s summer musicals feature up-and-coming professional talent from all over the Southeast – including Halifax County’s own Churaqui Mosley.

Old stage friends reunite over ‘Dames’

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Alan Oatley, left, and “Dames at Sea” director Chris Jones reunited over the musical last week. Both men starred in a “Dames” production almost 40 years ago. For tickets to the family-friendly “Dames” – running Wednesday through Saturday nights, with afternoon matinees on Wednesday and Saturday – call (434) 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com. The Prizery receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
It’s a story that dissolves the decades and bridges the miles. Back in the early 1970s, “Dames at Sea” director Chris Jones was onstage himself starring in “Dames” at East Carolina University. Last week, after a separation of nearly 40 years, one of his fellow “Dames” thespians came to opening night for the current “Dames” production.

Stars of tomorrow on Prizery stage this summer

South Boston News
LOVE, BOAT – The dynamic young actors in The Prizery’s Summer Theatre Celebration get in character and in costume rehearsing the first of summer’s three bold musicals. The family-friendly, rollicking “Dames at Sea” opens Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chastain Theatre, coinciding with the opening of an exhibit of local artist Karen Shelton’s works in the Cage Art Gallery. A free light reception starts off the special evening at 6:15 p.m. Pictured hoisting Hannah Seymour are, from left, Tyler McKenzie, Ian Meeks, Joseph Rosko, Robby Owenby, Christopher Lewis and Jamie Lowe. For tickets (children’s tickets start at $5; seniors’ at $11 and adults’ at $12) or a season schedule, call (434) 572-8339 or visit http://www.prizery.com.
Nevermore can it be said that there’s nothing to see/do/enjoy in Southern Virginia over the summer. Add to the mix of racing, boating, camping, family reunions and cantaloupes: professional summer stock theatre – the kind of entertainment more often seen in resort areas.

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