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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.

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 http://www.prizery.com 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 http://www.prizery.com.
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.

Lawson Creek Grass plays the Prizery

South Boston News
Lawson Creek Grass played its final show with the current lineup Saturday night at the Prizery in South Boston. The band, consisting of Joe Dawson, Butch Dawson, Danny Fitts, Greg Long, Bud Cole, Keith Prevette and Charlotte Prevette, bid farewell to the Prevettes, who will be leaving the band. Lawson Creek Grass formed four years ago and has produced two CDs. (David Conner II photo)

Richmond Symphony performs at the Prizery

South Boston News
The Richmond Symphony returned to the Prizery Thursday night for its annual Spring visit. Erin R. Freeman returned as conductor. Thursday's performance was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and sponsorship from Dr. Richard Allen Tri County Gastroenterology, Simmons and Associates Realty and Barbara and Walter Bass. One of the nation’s leading regional orchestras, each year it gives more than 100 performances to 125,000 listeners. Founded in 1957, the Symphony just named a few months ago its fifth music director, Steven Smith. (David Conner II photo)

Lawson Creek plays Saturday at Prizery

South Boston News
Lawson Creek Grass plays its last concert will all current members this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery arts center. The Alton-based band has enjoyed a strong four years, with myriad gigs and two CDs to its credit. For tickets, call 572-8339 during business hours, stop by the box office or buy online, for a small surcharge, at http://www.prizery.com.
It’ll be a bittersweet, unforgettable evening – and a fantastic show – Saturday when Lawson Creek Grass of Alton performs its last concert with all members together. The Prizery arts center plays host at 7:30 p.m.

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