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.

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

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 at 7:00 p.m. - December 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, 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 THE C.A.T.S. COUNTRY REVUE (Sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Watkins Hearing Aids Center.)
Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. People of all ages are invited to audition; however, there will be a limited number of available spots for cast members in this production.

Prior to the audition dates, it is essential for all interested parties to prepare a solo of their choice. It is recommended that everyone prepare to sing a country song which showcases their vocal range and abilities.No a cappella singing will be accepted at auditions. Everyone is asked to bring a karaoke-style CD which contains the backing tracks for their song of choice. If anyone has difficulty obtaining a backing track, please contact Director Douglas Wright well in advance of auditions. He will be more than happy to assist with finding a suitable karaoke track for almost any audition song.

Performance dates for THE C.A.T.S. COUNTRY REVUE are August 1, 7 & 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances will take place at 2:30 p.m. on August 2 & 9. Please be sure that you are available for all performance dates before auditioning. The week prior to opening, rehearsals will be held every night, so be sure you are available during that timeframe as well.

Everyone who auditions will be required to fill out an audition form prior to taking the stage. This form is available for free download  under the “Community Theatre” tab at the top of this page. Audition forms will also be on-hand in the Earl O. Horne Auditorium at the Colonial Center at the times of auditions. If you have not previously auditioned for a C.A.T.S. Community Theatre production, please bring a photo of yourself. This will help the director keep up with names and faces.

Please use the Actors Entrance at the rear of the theatre upon arrival for auditions. This entrance is located in the alley between the Colonial Center and the Quik Fuel gas station. Signs will be posted to direct newcomers to this entrance on audition day.

For more information about the audition process and requirements, or for assistance in acquiring a backing track for auditions, please contact Douglas Wright via email at or by phone at 434-262-4170 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The Colonial Center will host our first Summer Theatre Workshop: June 1 - June 13, 2015. The workshop will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. each weekday during this timeframe. This event is open to participants between the ages of 12 & 18, and is offered FREE-OF-CHARGE, through funding provided by The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment of the Arts. Participation is limited to 25 attendees, and all participants must attend each session. On Saturday, June 13, a special performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. for parents, friends, and relatives of participants so the kids may showcase their talents and everything they have learned throughout the process. For more information or to register a participant, please call 434-262-4170.

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