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American Idol Star in Concert - Melinda Doolittle - Sunday, September 27th at 2:30pm

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Melinda Doolittle and her trio will take the stage at the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery on Sunday, September 27th at 2:30pm.

She was told as a child that she was tone deaf, but her love of music and her grit and determination would not let Melinda Doolittle give up on her dream of being a singer. After lots of work, she entered and won a singing competition as a teen, and she never looked back. Doolittle received a degree in music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she honed her musical skills and developed a love of singing back-up. Singing back-up comes naturally to Doolittle, and she has done it with some of the best, including Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Aaron Neville.

But, what really set Doolittle on the road to a successful singing career was her appearance on American Idol in 2007 where she came in third place in the voting. One of her best memories of that experience was Simon Cowell who called her his “personal favorite.” Simon did not understand why the voting public did not name her the winner, because she was the winner in his eyes.

Since then, Melinda has played the White House, Carnegie Hall and appeared with the Air Force Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra for their most recent 4th of July Celebration. Doolittle is currently touring throughout the country and will make a stop at The Prizery on Sunday at 2:30. She will be joined by her trio, piano, bass and drums.

Melinda Doolittle is sponsored in part by H and M Logging, Inc. Additional support for The Prizery’s 10th Anniversary Season comes from Comfort Systems USA, Fairfield Inns and Suites by Marriott, the Town of South Boston, the Town of Halifax, the County of Halifax, Ryan and Jill Garrett, Ann Chesley Edmunds, Thomas and Jayne Elliott, Paul and Debbie Edmunds, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and The Chastain Home Foundation.

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Free Events Kick Off The Prizery's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

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On Saturday, September 26th, The Prizery kicks off its 10th Anniversary celebration during the South Boston Harvest Festival with several exciting events, free and open to the public. Come explore YOUR Community Arts Center!

Pre-K Art Parade: any current or former pre-k arts academy students with pieces of pre-k art, framed or unframed, are invited to participate in the Pre-K Art Parade! We’ll meet at The Prizery at 9:30am, the parade will begin in Constitution Square at 10:00am, and the event will conclude by 10:30am.

Theatre Games: Halifax County Little Theatre will be hosting theatre games in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Leaf Printing: Parsons-Bruce Art Association and South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club will be hosting a leaf printing art project in the Art Classroom at The Prizery from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Historical Tours & Information: Halifax County Historical Society will have representatives at The Prizery from 10:00am – 1:00pm to provide information about The Crossing of the Dan and its permanent exhibits. *Note: the 3rd floor exhibit will be closed due to a private event.

Music Demonstrations: Mark Weems will provide banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, and ukulele demonstrations at The Prizery from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

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Pre-K Art Parade Will Kick Off The Prizery's 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The Prizery is organizing a Pre-K Art Parade during Harvest Festival to kick off its 10th Anniversary Celebration Week. The parade will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, September 26th at Constitution Square in South Boston.

Ten years prior, on September 25, 2005, the ribbon was cut at The Prizery during the South Boston Harvest Festival and the Pre-K Arts Academy began. Approximately 3,000 students have attended the academy, in partnership with Halifax County Public Schools, since its inception. Each student has received instruction in art, music, and creative movement.

Pre-K Art Instructor, Susi Robbins, reports that “people come up to me all the time, telling me about their student’s artwork and how they have saved pieces since Pre-K.” This feedback sparked an idea for Robbins – create an art parade during Harvest Festival in conjunction with The Prizery’s 10th Anniversary.

“We are issuing a call to action,” says Robbins. “Parents, grandparents, students, or anyone else who has Pre-K art, framed or unframed, can participate.” Participants will meet at The Prizery on Saturday, September 26th. The parade will start at Constitution Square at 10:00am and is expected to end by 10:30am. Contact Alison Streeter, Managing Director of The Prizery, at (434) 572-8339 or alison@prizery.com to register.

After the art parade, there will be theatre games, leaf printing, historical tours, and other demonstrations free and open to the public at The Prizery until 1:00pm. Streeter explains, “People hear a lot about what happens in the theatre at The Prizery, but our community arts center is home to many other activities. What better way to kick off our 10th Anniversary than to invite the community to experience these activities first-hand?”

Other anniversary celebration activities include:

  • Melinda Doolittle & her Trio – Sunday, September 27th at 2:30pm in the Chastain Theatre. An American Idol finalist in 2007, Melinda has established herself as a brilliant singer with powerhouse vocals and personal charm. Don’t miss this afternoon of Gospel, R&B, and vocal standards. Tickets are $25 adult, $23 senior, $15 student.
  • Sharon Saseen art exhibit in the Robert F. Cage Art Gallery – starting September 13th. Renowned artist, illustrator, and author from Savannah, Georgia, Ms. Saseen will present a lecture in the banquet hall of The Prizery on Sunday, September 13th at 2:30pm, followed by a reception in the art gallery lobby. Her exhibit will continue through October 29th. The lecture, reception, and exhibit are free and open to the public.
  • 10th Anniversary Gala – Saturday, October 3rd at 6:00pm. Libations, dinner, and entertainment abound as we toast to the next ten years! Tickets are $100 per person or tables can be reserved for $1,000.

Come join the celebration of your community arts center! For more information, visit www.prizery.com or call (434) 572-8339. 10th Anniversary Season sponsors include the Town of South Boston, the Town of Halifax, the County of Halifax, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Comfort Systems USA, Ryan and Jill Garrett, Ann Chesley Edmunds, Thomas and Jayne Elliott, Paul and Debbie Edmunds, The Chastain Home Foundation, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Prizery's 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration!

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Mark your calendar and save the date. Tickets are now on sale for “Here’s to the Next Ten Years” a gala celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Prizery set for Saturday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Banquet Hall at The Prizery. The eventful evening includes libations, a seated dinner, dancing and an array of surprising entertainment promising to please.

 

Tickets to the black tie optional event are $100 per person and may be purchased in person or by telephone, cash or credit card, at The Prizery or the Visitors’ Center. Tables for 10 may be reserved for $1000.

 

“We encourage everyone to purchase tickets early, as seating is limited,” states event chairman and president of the board of directors of the Community Arts Center Foundation Marie Ketchersid. “The gala committee has planned an extraordinary evening to both celebrate the success of the past ten years and raise a glass to the next ten.”

 

The evening will kick off with hors d’oeuvres and drinks, including wine, beer and a signature cocktail, followed by a seated three course dinner catered by Chef Seasons, and capped off with dancing to the music of 6th N Main – with some special surprises tossed in now and then. The event is a fundraiser for The Prizery and another opportunity for the community to show its support for the continued success of the work of the Community Arts Center Foundation in brining quality arts, education and performances to the community.

 

“The explosion of the arts in Southern Virginia has been led by The Prizery over the last ten years,” states Chris Jones, artistic director. “The Prizery flourishes because of the varied arts education experiences offered to young people in our region. The Prizery’s future is in their hands and it’s our job to prepare them well so the arts will continue to flourish.”

 

“I have long said that Carlbrook recruited me to South Boston almost thirteen years ago,” says Alison Streeter, managing director of The Prizery, “but the people I have met through The Prizery have kept me here. I’m thrilled to celebrate The Prizery’s first decade and to help usher in the next decade in style during the 10th Year Anniversary Gala. This will certainly be an evening to remember and a chance to celebrate what you, our community, has created.”

 

“When you look at what has happened at The Prizery since 2005, you can’t help but be impressed,” Ketchersid states. The transformation of the building itself was amazing enough, but to look back and really think about the performances, the classes, the exhibits – the quality as well as quantity – is remarkable. So many individuals have worked so hard to make it all happen. It is an honor for me to be a part of it.”

 

You can be a part of it, too. Call or visit The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street in South Boston, 434-572-8339, to purchase tickets for this special event or call or visit the Halifax County Visitor’s Center, 1180 Bill Tuck Highway, 434-572-2543. Tickets purchased by phone at The Prizery may be held at the box office until the evening of the event. Tickets purchased at the Visitor’s Center must be picked up in person.

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Meet the Summer Theatre Celebration 2015 Visiting Company!

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Caroline ColinoCaroline Colino
Actor – Elon University
Caroline is from Bear, Delaware, studying for her BFA Acting degree at Elon University. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega honors society and Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity. Her theatre credits include Peggy in The Children’s Hour (Elon University), Chorus & u/s Ismene in Antigone (Elon University), Wendla in Spring Awakening (Milburn Stone Theatre), & make-up designer for Titanic (Elon University). She would like to thank her family for their undying love.
 
Megan FlynnMegan Flynn
Actor – Elon University
Megan is from Colorado Springs, CO, and has just completed her first year as a BFA Music Theatre student at Elon University. She's so happy to be working with The Prizery this summer and would like to thank her parents for their unwavering support to pursue a career in what she loves!
 
Becky FrohlingerBecky Frohlinger
Actor – Elon University
Becky is a rising senior Music Theatre major at Elon University. She is very excited to be back at The Prizery this summer! Selected credits include: Amber in Hairspray and Eponine in Les Miserables (The Prizery), Baby Bear/ Blind mouse in Shrek the Musical (The Muny), Susan Waverly in White Christmas (RMTC), Mae in The Wild Party and Ensemble in In The Heights (Elon University). Love to Mom, Dad, Alexandra and Joey.
 
Jacorey JonesJa'Corey Jones
Actor – Averett University
Ja'Corey is a rising junior at Averett University, majoring in Theatre. Favorite roles include Selsdon in Noises Off (Averett University) and C.C. White in Dreamgirls. (The Prizery). He wants to thank his family and friends for always supporting him in everything he does.
 
Kathryn KilgerKathryn Kilger
Actor – Emerson College
Kathryn is a rising senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She will be appearing in the fall Emerson Stage musical as Shelby in The Spitfire Grill. Recent roles include: Ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along, Woman One in The World Goes ‘Round, Featured Singer in Family Weekend Showcase, and a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret. She is excited to be spending her summer with The Prizery and thanks her family for their endless love and support.
 
Cara McNiffCara McNiff
Actor – Elon University
Cara is thrilled to be joining the Prizery company this summer! She is a rising sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major at Elon University from Westport, Connecticut. Much love to my family for supporting me every step of the way.
 
Joshua ParrottJoshua Parrott
Actor – Elon University
Joshua is an upcoming senior at Elon University, double majoring in Music Theatre and Arts Administration with a minor in Business. He is involved in numerous honor societies including Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Eta Sigma. Professional credits include: Young Confederate Soldier/Frankie Epps in Parade, directed by Eric Woodall and starring Lauren Kennedy. He is a certified Actor Combatant under the Society of American Fight Directors, with basic proficiency in Unarmed, Broadsword, and Rapier and Dagger, and has received intensive training in Commedia Dell'arte under Fabio Mangolini in Arezzo, Italy.
 
Jake PerrottiJake Perrotti
Actor – Belmont University
Jake is currently pursuing his BFA at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, he is very excited to be in South Boston with the Prizery family.
 
Benjamin SearsBenjamin Sears
Actor – Western Carolina University
Benjamin is from Waynesville, NC, and has just finished his first year at Western Carolina University as a BFA Musical Theatre major. The first show Benjamin ever saw was Anything Goes over 10 years ago, so he is thrilled to finally be a part of the show that made him fall in love with theatre. Thank you to The Prizery, and thank you and love to my family: Dad, Brian, Kate, and Emily.
 
Elliott SmithElliott Smith
Actor – Coastal Carolina University
Elliott is so excited to be returning to The Prizery this summer! He is a rising senior B.F.A. musical theatre major at Coastal Carolina University. Previous credits include She Loves Me, Les Miserables, Hairspray, Pippin, and Sweeney Todd. "So much love and thanks to the family and to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today."
 
Charley Bates
Properties Master; Hair/Makeup Charge – Berry College
Charley is a Berry College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a minor in Gender Studies. Originally from Phenix City, Alabama, she is excited to be returning home to the Prizery for her second year of summer theatre.
 
Haidee Dollak
Rehearsal Pianist – Elon University Faculty
Haidee grew up in New Jersey surrounded by classical music. Her formative years were spent shackled to the piano while her friends developed social skills. She learned her Clementi Sonatinas and Bach Inventions, went on to get her degree in Choral Education from UNC-Greensboro, and threw that out the window when, to her mother’s horror, she started playing show tunes. She is now staff accompanist for Elon University’s Music Theatre program, playing for musicals, voice lessons, and classes. She has accompanied in masterclasses with Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Georgia Stitt, Susan Egan, Eden Espinosa, and Craig Carnelia, among others.
 
Danielle Hankerson
Assistant Stage Manager – Radford University
Danielle was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is currently a junior at Radford University and is working towards a B.A. degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management.
 
Daniel Haskett
Assistant Technical Director; Marketing – Christopher Newport University
Daniel is a rising junior at Christopher Newport University. Originally from Halifax County, this is Daniel’s second summer working at The Prizery. There is truly no place like home!
 
Erika Higgins
Scenic Artist – Longwood University
Erika is a recent graduate of Longwood University with a BFA in Technical Theatre and a specialty in scenic painting. She is returning for her third summer here at The Prizery.
 
April Hill
Musical Director – Elon University Faculty
April specializes in teaching musical theater vocal technique and styles. Since 2006, she has been teaching voice lessons, classes, and occasionally musically directing at Elon University in NC. In addition to Elon, April has worked at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia as the Music Theater Specialist. A native of North Carolina, April received both her MM in Vocal Performance and her BM in Choral Music Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG). She taught choral music in the public schools for 4 years and has been teaching private studio voice since 1998. April is a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing; this is April's second summer as musical director at The Prizery.
 
Aimee Hollins
Front of House Intern – Moorehead State University
Aimee is from the small town of Jackson, KY. She will be a senior theatre major this fall at Morehead State University with minors in arts entrepreneurship and dance. A few of her most recent roles at MSU include stage managing Cabaret, house managing The Children's Hour, house managing The Boys Next Door, and assistant house managing the dance concert Connexions.
 
Arianna Jerome
Properties/Hair/Makeup Intern – Berry College
Ari is a rising senior at Berry College, originally from Cumming, Georgia. She is currently studying theatre with a minor in psychology.
 
Hope Maddox
Stitcher – Longwood University
Hope is from Amherst, VA, and recently graduated from Longwood University with a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in History. She focused on costumes and loves to work on them.
 
Terry Moore
Master Electrician; Assistant Lighting Designer – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Terry is from Berwick, Pennsylvania. He currently attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior, majoring in theatre tech. Selected credits include master electrician, sound engineer, and stage hand for The Pajama Game, Christmas Carol, The Tempest, and other productions at Theatre by the Grove, where he currently serves as Resident Electrician.
 
Addie Pawlick
Production Stage Manager – Radford University
Addie is wonderfully delighted to be returning the The Prizery this summer! She was the assistant stage manager for last year's summer season-Hairspray and Les Misérables. Addie is from Chester, Virginia, and is going into her junior year at Radford University as a Theatre major with an emphasis in stage management and lighting design. Her most recent work at Radford University includes: lighting designer-Making A Scene, master electrician-Keep This For Me, and stage manager-Babe: The Sheep-Pig.
 
Natalie Robin
Scenic and Lighting Designer – New York University Faculty
Natalie is a NYC-based lighting designer of theater, opera, dance, music and performance art. Natalie’s design work often focuses on new American plays, contemporary dance and site-specific work. She has been a guest artist at Bard College, Muhlenberg College, University of New Haven and Williams College. Natalie is the winner of the Apollo Lighting 2011 Standing O Award, a Live Design Magazine 2008 Young Designer to Watch, and a Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative 2014 nominee. Natalie is a contributing writer for both Live Design Magazine and Stage Directions. BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch. Member USA 829. www.natalierobinlighting.com
 
Lorin Hope Turner
Scenic Painting Intern – Longwood University
Lorin is a rising junior at Longwood University, studying technical theatre. She is excited to spend her first summer theatre experience at The Prizery.
 
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