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South Boston council moves on funeral home request

Hearing slated to consider zoning change, expansion

Hicks resigns, successor pending

Mecklenburg school board opens nominations for seat

Trustees, public express different priorities for next Mecklenburg County superintendent

Respondents value openness, teamwork


South Boston American nails down state title

SBA downed Rustburg, 8-3, Wednesday at the Day Complex in South Boston. The SBA all-stars finished O-zone state play with a 5-1 record.




Aladdin Jr.’s young cast draws raves

On May 31, something new hit the stage of the Prizery. Audiences were wowed by the talent of homegrown kids right here in Halifax County who star in the Summer Theater Celebration’s latest production, Aladdin Jr.

‘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 (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
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 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
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.

Shelton’s vibrant watercolors unveiled Thursday night with reception

South Boston News
Karen Shelton’s watercolors capture the drama of light on the often overlooked or underappreciated. Her work will hang in The Prizery’s Robert F. Cage Gallery most of the summer. A free reception will open the show this Thursday at 6:15 p.m., just before the curtain rises on “Dames at Sea.”
With three big professional musicals playing in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre all summer, exhibit designer Ralph Wileman knew he wanted something wonderful and worthy hanging in the art gallery. He turned to the work of Karen Shelton, the highly decorated South Boston watercolorist.

Actors, dancers in our midst

After weeks of waiting and preparation, they’re here: The 21 actors, dancers and staff for The Prizery’s Summer Musical Celebration.

Music, art, pottery classes for kids at The Prizery

The Prizery arts center announces its lineup of summer classes for children and teens, which range from the purely artistic to the deliciously culinary. Classes will be held at The Prizery arts center. Morning classes will feature a break for a snack brought from home; The Prizery does not have vending machines. To register, call (434) 572-8339 or visit except where noted. Class sizes are limited.

Philadanco plays the Prizery

South Boston News
Philadanco brought played the Prizery Wednesday night, making up for a planned February performance that had been cancelled due to snow. The dance troupe put on performances on Tuesday for fifth grade students. (David Conner II photo)

Philadanco brings energy, fame to Prizery stage Wednesday

South Boston News
Philadanco appears at The Prizery arts center on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Critics nationwide rave: “fierce and sensuous by turns” (New York magazine); “high-speed wonders” (Los Angeles Times). For 40 years, Philadanco’s dancers have been shaping the world of dance. A free, light reception follows the show. Tickets are $15-$29. Deep discounts are available for groups of 12 or more; ask for Bob Mares. For tickets, call (434) 572-8339 or visit
The Prizery arts center is thrilled to welcome the renowned Philadanco dancers this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a free light reception.

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