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The Prizery's Annual Fund Campaign has begun!

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Through our online donation system, you can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation! If you have already set up a recurring donation and wish to modify it, click here.

Please support The Prizery by giving to the Annual Fund.  Every gift is important; from $25 to $2,000. 
We need everyone's support.  No gift is too small!

SUMMER THEATRE is one of the many wonderful arts and entertainment opportunities that your gift to The Prizery helps to provide. Enjoying professional shows like Annie, The Richmond Symphony, Chinese Acrobats and Ralph Stanley are all part of the rich arts and culture that The Prizery has provided over the years. Your gift also is part of the funding that brings the Pre-K Arts Academy, The Prizery Ballet Academy, and a myriad of music and art classes including violin, banjo, dulcimer, pottery and painting to our community and region. Your gift, large or small, is very important to the ongoing efforts of The Prizery.

Please make your check payable to: The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, VA 24592

Watch for more information about Summer Theatre Celebration 2011! SOUND OF MUSIC, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the Elvis Musical ALL SHOOK UP!

Give so that we can continue to give back to you and our community!  Keep The Prizery pressing forward

Your gift is tax deductible.

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Fall Classes, Lessons & Auditions Announced

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AUDITIONS FOR ‘BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER’
by THE PRIZERY

Monday, August 16, 7 p.m. The Prizery.

  • 4 adult males - ages 20 - 40; 6 adult females - 2- 40; 8 boys - 7-13; 9 girls - ranging from 7-13; plus children's chorus 6 - 13
  • Performances Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, 15, 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Rehearsals begin the beginning the last week in September.

 

AUDITIONS FOR ‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’
by THE PRIZERY

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. at The Prizery

  • Auditions for Truvy Jones - 40ish, owner of the beauty shop and Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - 25, prettiest girl in town.
  • Performances Oct. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 and 16 at 2:30 p.m.

 

AUDITIONS FOR ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’
by HALIFAX COUNTY LITTLE THEATRE

Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. both days at The Prizery.

  • Information: mfreshour@co.halifax.va.us or www.hclt.org.
  • 3 children’s roles; 4 women, 7 men; plus extras.
  • Performances Nov. 18-21; 26-28
  • Note that play contains adult situations.

 

CLASSICAL BALLET, BABY BALLET, MODERN, CONTEMPORARY/BROADWAY FOR ALL AGES

The Prizery Ballet Academy offers instruction for all ages by Kristina Jackson. She attended the prestigious Virginia School of the Arts, trained with the professional modern dance company At Marah in Philadelphia and earned a degree from Belhaven College in Mississippi. She trained with the fabled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, and was eventually a featured performer with the Cangelosi Dance Project Company in Baton Rouge, La. With that troupe, she traveled to New Orleans and Chicago.

For more information and to download registration form, click here.

Register with instructor at (434) 579-7754 or dance@prizery.com

 

ALL-AMERICAN ART! – DRAWING IN BLACK & WHITE

Come and learn more about our great country through its art! Become acquainted with great American artists such as N.C. Wyeth, Audubon, Grant Wood, Mary Cassatt, and the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Using the National Endowment for the Art’s "Picturing America" program, we will look at poster-sized prints of great American masterpieces and learn a little history in the process. This study of American Art will tie in to drawing lessons using pencil and ink pens.  Each student will get her or her own sketchbook to work in during class and to take home for drawing assignments.

Taught by Desiree Shaffer, a Vernon Hill artist who has taught art privately for seven years.  She graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustration.  She has hand-painted furniture and designed greeting cards and gift wrap for American Greetings, The Wind Rose and Lexington Furniture.

  • Suggested Ages: 9 through 18
  • Class fee $35
  • Supply fee $5 (includes sketchbook for student to keep)
  • Dates: 6 Tuesdays from September 7-October 12,  3:30-4:45
  • Register: (434) 572-8339 or www.prizery.com

 

ALL-AMERICAN ART! – DRAWING IN COLOR

Come and learn more about our great country through its art! Become acquainted with great American artists such as N.C. Wyeth, Audubon, Grant Wood, Mary Cassatt, and the architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Using the National Endowment for the Art’s "Picturing America" program, we will look at poster-sized prints of great American masterpieces and learn a little history in the process. This study of American Art will tie in to drawing lessons using colored pencil and watercolor pencil.  Each student will get her or her own sketchbook to work in during class and to take home for drawing assignments.  This class is a continuation of the previous class, but each class can be taken independently, so there is no prerequisite.

Taught by Desiree Shaffer, a Vernon Hill artist who has taught art privately for seven years.  She graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and illustration.  She has hand-painted furniture and designed greeting cards and gift wrap for American Greetings, The Wind Rose and Lexington Furniture.

  • Suggested Ages: 9 through 18
  • Class fee $35
  • Supply fee $10 (includes sketchbook for student to keep)
  • Dates: 6 Tuesdays from October 19-November 23 3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Register: (434) 572-8339 or www.prizery.com

GUITAR, BANJO, OLD-TIME FIDDLE, DULCIMER, COUNTRY/APPALACHIAN SINGING, AND SONGWRITING!

Take private or group lessons from Mark Weems, a professional musician from Durham, N.C., who specializes in Appalachian and Traditional Country music. As half of the duo Little Windows, he performs concerts and teaches workshops all over the country and abroad. His music is frequently heard on WUNC’s Back Porch Music and has been featured on the NPR programs Thistle and Shamrock and The State of Things.

Contact instructor for lessons: markweems@verizon.net or 919-477-2780

 

VIOLIN and VIOLA

Take private lessons from Kevin and Bryan Matheson.

Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance debut, the brothers, who perform as the Classic Strings Duo, were winners of the Ibla International Competition in Italy and were recently presented at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City.  They have teamed up with Canadian pianist Kevin Zakresky, a recent graduate of Yale University, as the Rainier Trio. The Mathesons teach through the Renaissance Music Academy, an outreach of Virginia Tech.

Contact instructor for lessons: kstrings@vt.edu or 540-382-9624
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Around the World in Art II

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Using primarily color media, students will learn about the elements of color art such as: hue, intensity, and color schemes, as well as principles of design such as: balance in color, rhythm, space, viewpoint and emphasis. Looking at art from around the world and throughout history for inspiration, students will apply what they learn to their own art. France, Japan, Mexico, and the Middle East are some of the places whose art we will study.

AGES: 9-14
DATES: January 17-April 3 (12 week course)

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Workforce Forward 2011

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Workforce Forward 2011

Thursday, September 23, 2010
9:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
The Prizery, South Boston, VA

Experience the power of collaboration when you join with leaders in education, employment and economic development to discuss current issues affecting job creation and workforce advancement in Southern Virginia.

Designed to meet the needs of Charlotte, Halifax, Mecklenberg and Pittsylvania Counties and the City of Danville, the Workforce Forward 2011 Forum's speakers will present data and foster dialog leading to deliverables that help move the region forward.

The Honorable Mary Rae Carter, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Rural Economic Development will present the keynote address. Chris Chmura, of Chmura Economics and Analytics, will explain trends and projections from her research report on education, employment and economic development in Southern Virginia.

As a participant, you'll benefit from:

  • Current and relevant, high-level research data relevant to your business and the region.
  • A keynote address that define's the Commonwealth's commitment to and initiatives for economic development in rural Southern Virginia.
  • Dialog with colleagues and leaders on the issues surrounding workforce composition in different industry sectors.
  • Access to people and ideas that can help you make decisions about your business and workforce

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us! Additional program information will be available in late June.

Click here for more details and to register.

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Summer Theatre Cast!

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Jesse Graham
Jesse Graham holds an MFA in Acting from Ohio University. This fall, Jesse is making the big move to NYC! Her roles include Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, and Rosaline in Loveʼs Labourʼs Lost. She would like to thank Mom, Bud and Dad for their unshakable love.

Tia Reed
Tia L. Reed
is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and has received her BFA in Acting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been seen in Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and most recently The Seagull. Tia is excited to make her debut at The Prizery this summer.

Abigail Gatlin
Abigail Gatlin
of Cleveland, Tenn., has recently graduated from Birmingham Southern College. She received a BA degree in Music Theatre and a minor in Dance. She was an intern for Broadway Dance Center in the fall of 2006 and performed in New York City
for BDC's Musical Theater Project.

Robby Owenby
Robby Owenby
(Captain Hennessey, Oliver Warbucks) is thrilled to be a part of The Prizery's summer stock season! Robby has been a proud member of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in Gainesville, Ga., for four years. Robby sends a huge thank-you to his grandmother, his dad and the rest of his fantastic family and friends.

Jamie Lowe
Originally from Flagler Beach, Fla., Jamie Lowe is way excited to be making his debut at The Prizery! He is heading into his senior year at Elon University in N.C., where he is pursuing a BFA in Music Theater. Professional credits include Cornelius in Hello, Dolly! at the Post Playhouse.

Summer Theatre Design & Technical Staff

Chris Jones - Artistic Director - The Prizery

Ernelle Bellamy - Technical Director - The Prizery

Bob Mares - Financial Director - The Prizery

Connor Davis - Production Stage Manager - James Madison
University

 

Design Staff

Elizabeth Newton - Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist - University of Southern Mississippi

Bradley McKenzie - Lighting Designer - University of Southern Mississippi

Abigail Gatlin - Choreographer - Birmingham Southern College

Ginny Bogart - Costume Designer - The Prizery

 

Technical Staff

Stuart Lannon - Assistant Technical Director and Assistant
Lighting Designer - East Carolina University

Seth Campbell - Carpenter - University of Southern Mississippi

Mary Beth Linehan - Costume Intern - Morehead State University

Samantha Skidmore - Props Intern - Virginia Tech

Samantha Figueira - Scenic Artist Intern - Radford University

Churaqui Mosley - Wigs, Hair, Makeup Intern - Greensboro College

Hannah Seymour
Hannah Seymour
is excited to venture out of sweet home Alabama where she is currently in her fourth year studying to earn a BFA in musical theatre from Samford University in Birmingham. She has grown up on the stage and is especially grateful to the Prizery for giving her an opportunity to continue her passion of performing!

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and is currently pursuing a Musical Theatre degree at the University of Alabama. Some of Sarahʼs favorite previous productions include Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ethel Peas), Julius Caesar (Calpurnia), and Hair (Tribe).

Christopher Lewis
Christopher Lewis
is from Carrollton, Ga., and is a rising senior Musical Theatre major at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. He has previously worked at Timberlake Playhouse performing in Beauty and the Beast and The Frog Prince. He would like to thank God, and most especially his amazing family and friends, for their love and support.

Tyler McKenzie
Tyler McKenzie
was born in Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Charlotte, N.C., in high school. He currently attends Western Carolina University for Musical Theatre & Dance. He trained at Sports & Fine Arts Center and Central Academy of Technology & Arts. Tyler enjoys choreographing for the Western Carolina
University Dance Team.

Elizabeth Telford
Elizabeth Telford is originally from Duluth, Ga., and is soon to be a senior musical theatre major at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. Last summer, she worked professionally at Stephen Foster Outdoor Drama in Bardstown, Ky., performing in Stephen Foster the Musical (Gussie Jordan). She is very excited to be a part of The Prizery's summer season!

Casi Harris
Casi Harris
is a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre/ Dance Major at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., from Chattanooga, Tenn. Her previous roles include Ivy in We Happy Few and featured ensemble in Blame It On The Movies. Casi is excited to be part of The Prizery season!

Joseph Rosko
Joseph Rosko
is glad to be making his Prizery debut this summer. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and has recently graduated from Coastal Carolina with a BA in Musical Theatre. Professional Theatre: The Light in the Piazza, Crazy For You, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Maine State Music Theatre). Love and thanks to his family: Caroline, David Bankston and Monica Bell.

Ian Meeks
Ian Meeks
is ecstatic to be working with The Prizery Theater this summer! Ian hails from Cary, N.C., and is a senior at East Carolina University studying Musical Theatre. Outside of ECU, Ian has been dancing with Mark Dendy and Gaspard Louis. Ian would like to thank his family and friends for all their love.

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