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.
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.