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:

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

Sponsored by CCB - Citizens Community Bank and Boyd Honda of South Hill. 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.

THE HOMECOMING
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. Sponsored by The Town of South Hill and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.

2015 PROFESSIONAL SHOW SCHEDULE:

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. Sponsored by First Citizens Bank.

JASON PETTY'S "HONKY TONK HOLIDAYS"
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! Sponsored by Harris & Wesley - McDonalds of South Hill.

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.
Saturday, September 19 - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
LEO DAYS: A Tribute to Elvis
Sponsored by First Citizens Bank
See "Events" page for details!


The C.A.T.S. Community Theatre Production of:
OKLAHOMA!
October 3, 9, & 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
October 4 & 11 @ 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored by CCB - Citizens Community Bank and Boyd Honda of South Hill.

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.

UPCOMING AUDITIONS:
AUDITIONS FOR THE C.A.T.S. COMMUNITY THEATRE PRODUCTION OF THE HOMECOMING (Sponsored by Town of South Hill and South Hill Chamber of Commerce.) WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 5 & 6 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE EARL O. HORNE AUDITORIUM AT THE COLONIAL CENTER.

There are roles available for ten children between the ages of 6 & 18.
There are also roles available for five adult females and seven adult males.
Please be sure you are available for all show dates and necessary rehearsals before auditioning for a role in this production.

Show dates for THE HOMECOMING are as follows:
*December 4 - School Day Matinees
December 5, 11, & 12 @ 8:00 p.m.
December 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
December 13 @ 2:30 p.m.
*Please Note - There will be two "school day matinee" performances of this show on Friday, December 4. These performances are not open to the public and are provided for local school and homeschool groups only. Please be sure you are available during the day on December 4 before auditioning. (For school-aged performers in the show: The Colonial Center will contact the principals of the performers' schools and procure permission for the performers to participate in the school day performances. Their absence from school will be excused.)

Anyone auditioning for a speaking role in the production should expect to be asked to perform a "cold reading" from the script on audition day. Ample time will be allotted to prepare before being asked to perform at auditions. For more information or to ask any questions regarding this production or the audition process, please contact Douglas Wright at (434) 262-4170 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. - Monday through Friday, or you may contact him via email at colonialtheatre@charter.net.

THE HOMECOMING PLOT SUMMARY:
This is the pilot episode of the TV show, THE WALTONS, adapted for the stage. (The family name in this stage production is Spencer instead of Walton.)
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.
 










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