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The Prizery introduces Adult Improv Workshops

Do you want to infuse more fun into your day and gain more experience talking and thinking on your feet? Take a break from your scripted life and delve into the creative outlet of improvisation. Whether you strive to master the art of improv or just to cut loose for a couple of hours each week, The Prizery’s Improv workshops are for you.

Led by professional actor and professor, Gladdy Hampton, the workshops provide a transformative experience that empowers students from the novice to the master.

“As a foundational class for student actors and an excellent self-esteem builder for non-actors, improvisation encourages the student to let go of their fear of being on stage and in front of people,” said instructor Hampton. “It is a freeing experience and hopefully, one that is fun, exciting, and fulfilling to all who attend.”

Improvisation, the art of creating live theater in the moment, creating scenes piece by piece—from character to setting to dialogue—on a moment’s notice is a foundational course in many theater programs throughout the world. The goal of this class is to get actors excited about being a part of the creative process that is behind all great theater. By learning to express themselves freely—physically, emotionally, and mentally—student actors will participate in the challenge of improvisation, which can open a whole new world to those interested in theater or to those who simply want to become more self-confident in their everyday lives.

The Introduction to Improvisation class will be an 8-week workshop, meeting once a week during a two-month period. Each class will consist of 30 minutes of warm-up and learning a new skill, 30 minutes of game playing to practice the new skills, and an hour of improvisational practice that allows all students in the class to have time to work with a partner or partners to create an improvisation based on the week’s thematic prompts.

The cost of the program is $100 per student. Classes will meet each Thursday beginning on October 12 from 7 – 9 p.m. Students must be 21 and older to participate. For more information about the improv workshop or to reserve your space in the class, contact The Prizery at 434.572.8339 or e-mail info@prizery.com. 

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The Prizery announces its lineup for the 12th anniversary season, including inspired storytelling, music, wit, mischievousness, classical favorites, and soulful blues standards. This season will also feature a voice competition for school-aged children and a series of improv workshops for adults. The season kicks off with a fundraising gala sure to delight the senses.

 “The 2017-2018 season has an emphasis on local talent,” said Christopher Jones, The Prizery’s Artistic Director.  “From The Miracle Worker to The Savannah Sipping Society to Burn the Batteau and The Prizery Voice competition, our stage will be filled with local performers.” 

The Prizery will host, for the first time, a voice competition for local children in grades fourth through 12th. The two-day competition will start with up to 30 competitors and whittle down to the top 10, where one will be named The Prizery Voice. In an effort to provide arts education, The Prizery will teach an eight-week improv workshop under the direction of seasoned professional, Gladdy Hampton. Adults looking to become quick thinkers on their feet or to have fun on stage should enroll in the improv workshops.

Kicking off the season’s slate is the annual fundraising event, benefiting The Prizery and its mission to enrich lives through the arts. The evening will feature an art show with a wide variety of styles and price points to delight everyone from the novice collector to the connoisseur.

The 2017-18 season promises to entertain, inspire, and enrich.


The Prizery 2017-18 Season

Moon River Magic Art Gala

Oct. 7 from 7 – 11 p.m.

As the full Hunter’s Moon shines over the Dan River outside of The Prizery, a wide variety of styles and price points of fantastic original art from 50 artists will showcase their work inside. Join us for an evening of passed hors d’oeuvres, open bars, including our signature cocktail—The Prizery, and a lively band. Three levels of art to browse and purchase. There will also be a silent auction. Attire is festive. Tickets are $75 per person and include food and beverages. Tickets are on sale today by calling 434.572.8339 or online at Prizery.com.



The Miracle Worker

October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.

October 22, 29 at 3 p.m.

The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional energy, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.”


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m.

December 10 at 3 p.m.

The Herdmans are ready to wreak havoc! What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This could be the worst pageant ever… if it even happens! This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as we celebrate the holidays.


The Savannah Sipping Society

March 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.

March 25 at 3 p.m.

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for a life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So, raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching comedy!



From Vienna to Paris: Matvey & Katya Lapin

January 28 at 3 p.m.

Among wonders of music, there is a fascinating opportunity to travel through time and places. This time we are taking you from romantic Vienna to ever elegant Paris, with a few stops in between which include Clarens, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg. All aboard!

Featuring the works of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Franck.


The Prizery Voice Competition

February 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.

Up to 30 singers aged 8 through 18 will vie for the title of The Prizery Voice champion. The opening competition will be narrowed down to the top 10 who will perform the following night for the grand prize. Applications available at The Prizery. Tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors.


Burn the Batteau

March 2 at TBD

Burn the Batteau is a blues power-trio consisting of locals Donnie Beadles, Sammy Garcia, and David Martin. Mixing both old-school acoustic and modern electric sounds, the band creates original songs, as well as classic blues covers, to deliver a virtually encyclopedic blues experience.



Improv Workshop

October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 20; December 7 from 7 - 9 p.m.

Improvisation, the art of creating live theatre in the moment, is a foundational course in many theatre programs throughout the world. The goal of this class is to get attendees excited about being part of the creative process that is behind all great theatre…and to those who dream of having a role on Whose Line is it Anyway. Learn the great art of improv and have fun while doing so. Students must be 21 and older to participate. 

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Moon River Magic Art Gala will take place on Saturday, October 7 as the full Hunter’s Moon shines over the Dan River in The Prizery sky. A wide variety of styles and price points of fantastic original artwork from 50 artists will be for sale on all three levels of the building. The Cone Art Classroom will be the Whimsical Room, featuring children’s items, garden art and more. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed; bars will be open (with a new Prizery signature cocktail!); The Sessions Band will be playing in the Banquet Hall so you can kick up your heels, or just enjoy their mix of oldies; and as you browse in the Art Gallery Lobby, soak in the music that Jacob Devol will be playing on the magnificent Steinway grand piano.
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Summer Theatre kicks off with "Into the Woods"

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Into the WoodsWhat would happen if everyone suddenly had their wildest dreams fulfilled? That is the premise of “Into the Woods,” one of Broadways most successful musicals. Stephen Sondheim (music) and James Lapine (book) first staged the show 30 years ago, and it has been produced on and off Broadway frequently ever since.

Director Chris Jones and a group of young professionals are bringing the classic story to the stage for the opening of The Prizery’s 2017 Summer Theatre Celebration. Jones acknowledges that this is one of the largest challenges the summer theatre program has faced and praises the team he has assembled for their talents and work ethic.

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Meet the Summer Theatre Celebration 2017 Visiting Company!

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elysie barnettElysie Barnett
Baker's Wife, Into the Woods and Alice, The Addams Family



Charley BatesCharley Bates- Berry College
Production Manager



Adam BorchersAdam Borchers- Ball State University
Properties Master



Caleb BrownCaleb Brown- Lagrange College
Master Carpenter



Mike DoanMike Doan (local actor)
Mysterious Man “Into the Woods”



chad ferriellChad Ferriell
Cinderella's Father, Into the Woods and Gomez, The Addams Family



tim foszczTim Foszcz
Rapunzel's Prince, Into the Woods and Lurch, The Addams Family



paul garyPaul Gary
Baker, Into the Woods and Uncle Fester, The Addams Family



kelly gylptisKelly Gylptis
Witch, Into the Woods and Morticia, The Addams Family



Elizabeth HallElizabeth Hall- Old Dominion University
Sound Engineer/carpenter



gladdy hamptonGladdy Hampton (local actor)
Jack's Mother, Into the Woods



Briann HempBriann Hemp- Florida State University
Costume Shop Assistant



hope kessigHope Kessig
Cinderella, Into the Woods and Ancestors Ensemble, The Addams Family



jenna krayJenna Kray
Lil'Red, Into the Woods and Wednesday, The Addams Family



Diana LynchDiana Lynch- Berry College
Assistant Technical Director



Hannah MaggardHannah Maggard- Morehead State University
Stage Manager



Samantha McCormickSamantha McCormick- East Carolina University
Scenic Artist



Jacob MillerJacob Miller- Northern Kentucky University
Costume Crafts/Wardrobe



William MilliganWilliam Milligan- Northern Kentucky University
Master Electrician



reagan ogleReagan Ogle
choreographer and Florinda, Into the Woods



resse garrett stewardGarrett Reese-Steward
Into the Woods and Ancestors Ensemble, The Addams Family



harrison reunionHarrison Reunion
Jack, Into the Woods and Ancestors Ensemble, The Addams Family



jake smithJake Smith
Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in Into the Woods



Joseph StrangeJoseph Strange- East Carolina University



Lindsey TillesLindsey Tilles- Roanoke College
Front of House



Harley WeissHarley Weiss- Berry College
Assistant Stage Manager


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