Open Auditions for C.A.T.S. FAMILY CHRISTMAS will take place on Monday, October 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This musical-revue-style show has been sponsored by the Town of South Hill and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce. Performance dates are set for December 6, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. Please be sure you are available for all performances and rehearsals before auditioning!

Director Douglas Wright is seeking singers and dancers of all ages to participate in this exciting C.A.T.S. show. If auditioning for a singing role, please be prepared to sing a solo Christmas tune. No group numbers, duets, trios, etc. will be accepted.  Please provide a “karaoke-style” CD for your audition. A piano accompanist will not be available at auditions, but you will be allowed to provide your own piano accompaniment if necessary.

If you are interested in auditioning but have no means of obtaining a CD without vocal tracks, please contact Douglas Wright at 434-262-4170 or via email at He will be happy to assist you if you contact him well in advance of the audition date! (Please do not sing a Capella!) 

Dancers should be prepared to learn a short combination from Choreographer Alicia Washburn, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes which allow for moving freely. (Age and ability restrictions may apply to dancers.)

Anyone who auditions for a Colonial Center production must be prepared to fill out audition forms upon arrival. These forms may be downloaded in advance by clicking the “Community Theatre” tab at the top of this page. The necessary forms can be found in the “Downloads” section. If this is your first audition at the Colonial Center, please bring a photo of yourself for the director’s reference.

Please contact the Colonial Center at 434-262-4170 or email Douglas Wright ( with any questions concerning auditions for C.A.T.S. FAMILY CHRISTMAS.


Main Gallery, now through November 6, 2014: CLASSICAL PAST: Ancient Greece and Rome - on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Can you picture the glory and grandeur of ancient Greece and Rome? Athletes contended for victory, fame, and coveted prizes in the first Olympic Games. Trading ships loaded with olive oil, wine, grain, and other goods sailed the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Poets, politicians, playwrights, philosophers, sculptors, architects, and artisans created a legacy that has inspired Western culture throughout the following millennia.

In this exhibition, the Classical World comes to life through photographic reproductions of objects chosen from the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The Classical World is explored, including the development of direct and representative democracy, natural resources, warfare, art, politics, and social structures.

Discover how many of our modern ideals regarding art, literature, and societal structures have been inspired by our ancient descendants by visiting the Colonial Center’s art galleries before November 6 and taking a look around this outstanding collection of photographic representations.

While touring the Ancient Greek and Roman exhibit in the mail gallery, be sure to stop by and view the Park View High School exhibit in the secondary gallery! Artworks from students are on display throughout the school year, and are rotated frequently. The amazing talent of these young students will surely surprise all who view their works.

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!
Sponsored by Williams Enterprises of South Hill, Inc. and Glenn E. Barbour, P.C.

May 2, 8, & 9 @ 8:00 p.m. - May 3 & 10 @ 2:30 p.m.
This Tony Award winning, 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!
Sponsored by Parker Oil & Propane.

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!
Sponsored by Crowder & Hollway, Inc. and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy.

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

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. Sponsored by Town of South Hill and South Hill Chamber of Commerce.


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!

Gift Certificates - Need a gift, incentive, or recognition award for someone you know? The Colonial Center now offers gift certificates starting at $15.00 each and increasing in amounts of $5.00 increments up to $50.00 total. There are no fees for this service. Ask a staff member today about how you can take advantage of this offer.

2014 Flex-Passes - Colonial Center Flex Passes are available for purchase! These passes entitle the recipient to six tickets to C.A.T.S. Community Theatre Events! Use them all at once or spread them throughout the year; it's your choice! Flex-Passes are $75 each and may be purchased on this site under the Events tab above. For questions, more information, or assistance in purchasing a Flex-Pass, please call the box office at 434-262-4170. 

Tours and Visits - Please call ahead if you would like to see the theater area. We do not make that space accessible unless we have advance knowledge of the visit. It is our pleasure to show our space if we are prepared. As always, our box office and galleries are open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Thank you for your understanding.
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