Announcements for the week of July 21:


Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse

August 16th, 22nd & 23rd at 8:00 p.m. - August 17th & 24th at 2:30 p.m.
This C.A.T.S. Community Theatre Production needs no introduction, but... The hills are alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC in this classic musical! Sing along with the Von Trapps, as they learn the true meaning of the word “family”. Licensed through special arrangements with Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals. Tickets are $15.00 each. Group rates apply. Sponsored by PARKER OIL and BOYD HONDA OF SOUTH HILL.

On display in the main gallery on the second floor of The Colonial Center: WHAT'S SO RADICAL ABOUT IMPRESSIONISM? On loan from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The word “Impressionism” makes most people think of beautiful, sunlit paintings of the French countryside, glorious gardens and lily ponds, and fashionable Parisians enjoying life in charming cafés.

But when the men and women who came to be known as the Impressionists first exhibited their work in the late 1800s, they were censured for breaking time-honored rules of art. Rather than painting historical subjects or mythological scenes, these artists depicted ordinary subjects from everyday life. Their work emphasized color instead of line, and their brushstrokes were loose and visible. In another departure from tradition, they painted outdoors or “en plein air”.

Despite their radical methods, these artists still wanted to sell their work and sought acceptance by the annual government-sanctioned Paris Salon, the most important art show of the time. Not surprisingly, paintings that defied convention were often returned stamped with a red “R” – meaning refuse – a humiliating badge of rejection which made them difficult to sell.

Determined to make the public aware of their art and achieve success, the artists who practiced this new form of painting organized their own exhibition in 1874. They scheduled it to open two weeks earlier than the Salon in order to garner advance publicity and negate any notions that their works had been rejected.

Their strategy worked, and the exhibition attracted a great deal of media attention. In fact it was a journalist, mocking Claude Monet’s painting IMPRESSION, SUNRISE, who gave the group the name that would later become synonymous with beauty: Impressionism.

Featured works in this VMFA exhibit include PORTRAIT OF VICTOR CHOCQUET by Paul Cézanne; FIELD OF POPPIES, GIVERNY by Claude Monet; THE WHEAT FIELD BEHIND ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL, ST. REMY by Vincent Van Gogh; PENSIVE (LA SONGEUSE) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir; and AT THE RACES: BEFORE THE START by Edgar Degas; and many others.

The Colonial Center galleries are open for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The galleries are also open to patrons during all Colonial Center performance events.


Auditions for ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (locally sponsored by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Williams Enterprises and written by American author Joseph Kesselring) will take place on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Colonial Center. There are roles available for up to eleven men and three women. Performances are scheduled for October 4, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on October 5 and 12. Rehearsals for ARSENIC AND OLD LACE will begin directly after THE SOUND OF MUSIC closes at the end of August. Please be sure you are available for necessary rehearsals and performances before accepting a role in the show!

Everyone who auditions will be asked to perform a “cold reading” from the script. Time will be allotted for script study before being asked to perform at auditions. Newcomers to the Colonial should bring a photo of themselves to aid the director in remembering names and faces of all in attendance. Audition forms will need to be completed before auditioning. These forms may be found on the Colonial Center’s website at under the “Community Theatre” tab at the top of this page, or they may be picked up from the Colonial Center on audition day. No singing or dancing will be required; this is a non-musical production.

Please contact Director Douglas Wright at 434-262-4170 or via email at with any questions about the production or the Colonial Center’s audition process.

The Colonial Center's 2015 Schedule of performance events has been announced! Tickets for these events are now available by clicking the "Events" tab at the top of this page! The 2015 schedule is listed below.

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!

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!

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 & 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, 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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