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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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Pottery Classes Begin April 21

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Learn Beginning Wheel Throwing with local artist, Elyse Ward

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 21 - June 11
In this 8-week course for adults, students will learn the basics of wheel throwing, including how to wedge, center, open, and throw clay. Students will move from simple cylinders to functional vessels, including mugs, bowls and vases. Each student will make work to take home.

The fee to register for this 8-week class is $300 and includes 25lbs of clay, a tool kit, glazes, and firing at the Prizery. Classes on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with studio hours on Thursdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Email theresa@prizery.com or call 434.572.8339 for more information. Registration Form available here: Pottery Class Registration Form. Registration deadline is Sunday, April 12, 2015.

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Lions Announce Bland Contest

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Lions Club announces 2015 Bland competitionThe South Boston Lions Club will host its 2015 James A. Bland Memorial Music Contest in the Chastain Theater at The Prizery at 2 pm on Sunday, January 25. This year’s contest will feature sixteen students from Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties. Each student will perform a piece of classical music. The 2015 competition will feature students performing vocally, playing the violin and performing on The Prizery’s 9-foot concert grand Steinway piano.

One Vocal and one Instrumental winner will each win $300 cash. Second place winners will receive $100. They will then be eligible to compete on the District level for $100 U.S. Savings Bonds for winners and $50 U.S. Savings Bonds for runners-up. District winners will compete at the Lions Club State Convention next May. State winners win a $2,500 scholarship. First and second runners-up receive $2,000 and $1,500 scholarships, respectively. Fourth, fifth, and sixth place receive $1,000 cash.

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Prizery hires Alison Streeter as new managing director

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Alison Streeter, Managing Director of the PrizeryThe Prizery has hired Alison Streeter as its new managing director the board of directors announced Tuesday.  

Streeter worked for the past 12 years at Carlbrook School, where she started as advisory and ended as dean of alumni and transition services.

Her professional theatre experience also includes experience at Wagon Wheel Theatre, Enchanted Hills Playhouse and Brown County Playhouse in Indiana, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida, and The Prizery.

"The Community Arts Center Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors is thrilled to have Alison coming on board. Her background in administration and education are a foundation The Prizery can build an exciting future on for our community,” said Blair Toner, president of The Prizery Board of Directors. “A long time goal of The Prizery has always included arts education for the next generations of Halifax County, and Alison's experience can bring a whole new direction to that goal."

The role of a managing director is to optimize The Prizery’s mission and facility use. This requires a close, productive working relationship with its long-time Artistic Director Chris Jones, other staff and community stakeholders.

Streeter follows Pat Anderson-Flowers who recently returned to Birmingham, Alabama.

Streeter is well known in the theatrical community in Halifax County. She served on The Prizery Board of Directors from 2010-2013, acting as president of the organization in 2012. She was also on the board of Halifax County Little Theatre from 2004-2007, again serving as president from 2005-2007. She has appeared in both The Prizery and Halifax County Little Theatre productions.

“I am thrilled to join The Prizery as its new managing director. I have often said that Carlbrook School brought me here over 12years ago, but The Prizery and the people I’ve met through volunteering with Halifax County Little Theatre and The Prizery have kept me here. As the child of musicians, I grew up with the arts and have never ceased to be involved at some level. The opportunity to be able to work full time in the arts is truly a dream come true. Our local community has embraced me over the years and made me feel extremely welcome. I feel honored and privileged to join The Prizery team and help cultivate the arts in Halifax County for years to come.” said Streeter.

She will begin her fulltime duties on Jan. 5.

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Hot Summer Theatre Lineup

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Summer's Hot Theatre Shows Coming to the Prizery

SummerTheatreby Vicky Morrison - Danville Register and Bee

The fifth season of The Prizery of South Boston’s Summer Theatre will present two blockbuster hits: “Hairspray” and “Les Miserables.”

Prizery artistic director Christopher Jones is the director and set and light designer for this season. Jones said that more than 800 kids auditioned in Mobile, Alabama, to be a part of the Summer Theatre program. An audition was held for the South Boston to find local talent, too.

Sixty participants are involved in both productions. Thirty of them are from South Boston, Danville and Clarksville. Others came from many states, including Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and New York.
Jones and musical director April Hill chose the actors. Multiple young professionals from colleges were hired to contribute their theatre skills to the productions. Colleges represented include East Carolina University, Longwood College, University of Kentucky, Moorehead State University, Averett University, Radford University, Belmont, Berry College and Elon University.

Approximately a dozen local families host the college students. Many of the students are hired as painters, lighting crew, costumers or singers and dancers. “One of the things that I’m most excited about,” Jones explained, “is seeing young children have the opportunity to be mentored by young professionals.” Jones identifies the program as a positive educational arts experience for all skill levels from novice to standing at the cusp of entering the competitive commercial arts world.


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