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After summer theatre, busy slate ahead for Prizery

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Rani Arbo and the Daisy Mayhem band will be performing this fall at The Prizery (courtesy photo)
SoVaNow.com / August 04, 2014
The Prizery wrapped up its fifth season of Summer Theatre with a standing ovation, one of many during the “Les Misérables” showings.

“We had amazing talent,” said Pat Anderson Flowers, managing director of The Prizery. Flowers added that the performances for “Hairspray” and “Les Misérables” were phenomenal. The latter show ended up selling out shows at the end of its run.

“It was a special treat this year to have April Hill from the music faculty at Elon. She did an amazing job [with the musical direction]. That and the talent we hired in as well as the local talent, received standing ovations,” Flowers said.

This fall, The Prizery is gearing up for a short season before kicking off a new schedule based on the calendar year in January. Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem will be performing at The Prizery on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. after a day of fun at the annual Heritage Festival in South Boston.

“Rani is a folk singer and her band Daisy Mayhem are a contemporary folk group that do spirituals. They will be doing a workshop for the kids at the Harvest Festival making homemade instruments and then performing that evening for a show,” said Flowers.

As for The Prizery’s upcoming 10-year anniversary, “I can’t announce anything, yet. There are some really exciting things coming up,” she said. “It will be a spectacular season from the art gallery to the stage to family events.”

Artistic director Chris Jones agrees with Flowers. He added that this year’s Summer Theatre was “fabulous. We had a grand time; the best talent we ever have assembled here,” he said.

Jones added that the combination of strong attendance and the design team and talent created a buzz that drew regional attention to South Boston.

As The Prizery switches gears in preparation for its 10th year, Jones alluded to big-name talent coming in 2015. However, first comes the fall performances, featuring an eclectic mix, from American spiritual folk mixed with bluegrass with Rani Arbo and the Daisy Mayhem band, Flamenco Vivo with lots of beautiful dancers in traditional costume on stage as well as Christmas performances and other events before January 1 arrives.

As long-time director of the performing arts center, Jones is excited to see its consistent growth year after year. “As we grow, we fulfill the mission,” Jones said.

That mission is to continue to expose the community-at-large and school-age children to the many benefits of the performing arts. “The seasons have been varied — classical, dance, symphony, comedy — we’ve hit all those buttons,” he said.

To learn more about upcoming shows and other events, visit http://www.prizery.com.







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