The Colonial Center believes in fostering and encouraging the development of theatre and performing arts in Southside Virginia and the surrounding regions.

The following outlines our core commitment:
  • Cooperation: Working with community members and organizations to enhance creative process.
  • Education & Training: Providing training to all age groups for roles associated with theatre, both on-stage and off-stage.
  • Outreach & Opportunity: Giving the community a chance to participate and showcase their talents.
  • Diversity: Structuring a variety of theatre performances.
  • Promotion: Working with the public to bring awareness about theatre and performance.


THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Come enjoy this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic and sing along with the Von Trapps, as they learn the true meaning of the word “family”. AUGUST 16th, 22nd, and 23rd at 8:00 p.m., AUGUST 17th and 24th at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Parker Oil and Boyd Honda of South Hill.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - Written by Joseph Kesselring. The Brewster family has “gone ‘round the twist” and Mortimer must try to hold the pieces together. Join us for this dark comedy on OCTOBER 4th, 10th, and 11th at 8:00 p.m., OCTOBER 5th and 12th at 2:30 p.m., but don’t drink the elderberry wine! Sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Williams Enterprises.

C.A.T.S. FAMILY CHRISTMAS SHOW - Remember the great Christmas holiday shows with Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin? Roll them all into one and you have the C.A.T.S. FAMILY CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, featuring all of your favorite Christmas songs! This is an original show, written and produced by locals. DECEMBER 6th, 7th, 12th, and 13th at 8:00 p.m., DECEMBER 14th at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of South Hill and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.


AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS - Back by popular demand: Appalachian Express and Homegrown Bluegrass! After a stellar evening of entertainment in 2013, these two outstanding, local bluegrass bands will be performing starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th! Their previous performance was an absolute sell-out, so get your tickets early! Sponsored by BENCHMARK COMMUNITY BANK and McDONALD'S of South Hill.

THE COLONIAL NUTCRACKER - NOVEMBER 15th at 8:00 p.m., and NOVEMBER 16th at 2:30 p.m.. Local dance instructor, Alicia Washburn will be choreographing and putting together a version of the Classic Nutcracker Ballet to be performed by the area’s best dancers. Why travel to a larger city when you can see this wonderful adaptation right here at home? Sponsored by BENCHMARK COMMUNITY BANK and McDONALD'S of South Hill.

2015 C.A.T.S. Community Theatre Productions:

March 7, 13, & 14 @ 8:00 p.m. - March 8 & 15 @ 2:30 p.m.

After the success of the C.A.T.S. production, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, in 2013, the Colonial Actors Theatre Society will produce this follow-up 1950s and 1960s musical revue in 2015! Enjoy some "oldies but goodies" with the Colonial Center family - featuring all your favorite hits from the Golden Age of music!

May 2, 8, & 9 @ 8:00 p.m. - May 3 & 10 @ 2:30 p.m.

This musical comedy is sure to keep you laughing (and spelling) from start to finish! Contestants from fictional Putnam Valley Middle School fight for the top spot in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. With improv comedy, entertaining musical and dance numbers, many opportunities for audience participation, and a cast of characters you won't soon forget, this show is sure to please audiences of all ages!

August 1, 7, & 8 @ 8:00 p.m. - August 2 & 9 @ 2:30 p.m.

From Hank Williams, Sr. to Carrie Underwood, the C.A.T.S. Country Revue encompasses all of Country Music's greatest hits! There will be toe-tappin', foot-stompin' fun for all ages! Come out and support these local singers as they get "gussied up" and share their talents on the Colonial Center's stage!

October 3, 9, & 10 @ 8:00 p.m. - October 4 & 11 @ 2:30 p.m.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.

December 5, 11, & 12 @ 8:00 p.m. - December 6 & 13 @ 2:30 p.m.

The time is the Great Depression and the large Spencer family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, is struggling hard just to survive. With his father having to take the only available job a long way from home, Clay-Boy is stuck with unusual responsibility for his brothers and sisters. Just reaching manhood, Clay-Boy has a secret yearning that's quite extraordinary for the practical, earth-bound community in which he lives. He wants to write! Such foolishness is utterly foreign to his hardworking father, who tells him to prepare to become a responsible man—to build a home and raise a family.

Saturday, February 21 @ 8:00 p.m.

On the Border The Ultimate Eagles Tribute from Charlotte, NC continues to be one of the most exciting and authentic Tribute bands in the country, satisfying audiences up and down the East Coast at Festivals, Music Venues, Corporate and Private events. They provide a family-friendly show guaranteed to ensure everyone has a MEMORABLE time! OTB’s passion, showmanship, and precise attention to replicating the details of The Eagles Music, has begun to earn them critical acclaim, name recognition and a loyal following.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, local favorites Appalachian Express and Homegrown Bluegrass will take the stage once again for this one-night-only performance. Their 2013 and 2014 performances at the Colonial Center were a great success, so be sure to get your tickets early for this highly popular event!

LEO DAYS: An Elvis Tribute
Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m.

Leo became an avid fan of Elvis at the age of three. He grew up listening to Elvis and watching his movies. Leo has been dissecting Elvis' every move and studying every kind of concert footage he can. He has spent a lot of time perfecting Elvis' moves and the mannerisms which is very evident when watching one of Leo's shows. Along with singing Leo can also play the guitar and piano. Leo is one of the few Elvis Tribute Artists that can accurately perform all three eras of Elvis. Whether it is the raw Elvis of the 50's, the 60's leather Elvis, or the polished Vegas Elvis.

Saturday November 21, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m.

Join Obie Award winner Jason Petty, as he turns his critically-acclaimed singing and storytelling abilities toward the most wonderful time of the year... Christmas! In “Honky Tonk Holidays” Jason and Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Martin along with a five piece band straight out of Nashville perform the songs and tell the stories behind some of your favorite country Christmas classics including, "Christmas Time’s A-Comin’" -Johnny Cash; "Pretty Paper" -Willie Nelson; "An Old Christmas Card" -Jim Reeves; "If We Make It Through December" -Merle Haggard; "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee …and many more!

Community Theater FlexPass Membership - Buy a Colonial Center Community Theater Flex Package today and choose the events you want to see at a later time. It's easy! Get six tickets for the price of five. You decide how you want to use your tickets - all six at once, or two tickets for the first couple of shows. They last eighteen months from the time of purchase. The code on your confirmation is what enables you to redeem ticket benefits online for tickets to the community theater productions.

Auditions for ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (locally sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Williams Enterprises and written by American author Joseph Kesselring) will take place on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Colonial Center. There are roles available for up to eleven men and three women. Performances are scheduled for October 4, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on October 5 and 12. Rehearsals for ARSENIC AND OLD LACE will begin directly after THE SOUND OF MUSIC closes at the end of August. Please be sure you are available for necessary rehearsals and performances before accepting a role in the show!

Everyone who auditions will be asked to perform a “cold reading” from the script. Time will be allotted for script study before being asked to perform at auditions. Newcomers to the Colonial should bring a photo of themselves to aid the director in remembering names and faces of all in attendance. Audition forms will need to be completed before auditioning. These forms may be found on the Colonial Center’s website at under the “Community Theatre” tab at the top of this page, or they may be picked up from the Colonial Center on audition day. No singing or dancing will be required; this is a non-musical production.

Please contact Director Douglas Wright at 434-262-4170 or via email at with any questions about the production or the Colonial Center’s audition process.


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