Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Aug
22
to Aug 24

Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

If you are interested in performing in our presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, come out and audition! Auditions will be held on August 22-24 and September 6-7. Please call 757-247-8950 to schedule your audition time and receive the piece that you will have to prepare. This audition is open to ALL AGES! 

 

 

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Based on the Book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. 

 

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African-American Artist Series - Session 4
Aug
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

African-American Artist Series - Session 4

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

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African-American Artist Series - Session 5
Aug
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

African-American Artist Series - Session 5

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

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Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Auditions - Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

If you are interested in performing in our presentation of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, come out and audition! Auditions will be held on August 22-24 and September 6-7. Please call 757-247-8950 to schedule your audition time and receive the piece that you will have to prepare. This audition is open to ALL AGES! 

 

 

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com. Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald. Based on the Book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. 

 

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Celebrating Virginia Filmmakers
Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Celebrating Virginia Filmmakers

Calling all film enthusiasts, actors, and filmmakers!

On Saturday, September 9th, join us for a celebration of the work of Virginia’s Independent Filmmakers. Whether you simply love movies, are aspiring to become a part of the Virginia film scene, or have already made a name for yourself, this is an occasion that you do not want to miss!

The event will consist of trailer screenings for upcoming films, followed by a panel discussion with the directors, and a red-carpet reception for networking. We also have a special announcement regarding an event that we are very excited to present. We can’t wait to see you there!

Do you have a trailer that you would like to have shown at this event? Contact Michelle Gilliam at mgilliam@nnva.gov

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9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker
Oct
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

9th Anniversary Concert: Eric Roberson featuring Matthew Whitaker

Join us for the 9th Anniversary concert! Returning to the center is a member of our DG Family: Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson. We are also proud to welcome, accomplished pianist, Matthew Whitaker to the Ella Fitzgerald Theater stage! Tickets are $35 and are available below. 

For more information about Eric Roberson, click here!

About Matthew Whitaker

Born in 2001 in Hackensack, NJ, Matthew Whitaker grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard.


At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.


Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of the Lighthouse Guild in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attends the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program.


He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ.
Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”
He’s already toured both here in the US and abroad, performing before The Youth Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in NYC, and on other world renowned stages, including: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC; SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts & Ali Cultural Arts in Florida, and at international venues in France, Italy, Morocco, and Japan.


In 2010, Matthew was a winning participant in the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” competition, as part of Amateur Night at the Apollo. A year later, at just 10 years old, he was invited to perform at Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame. He returned to the Apollo for FOX TV’s revival of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO in 2016, where he won the audience over with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic “I Wish.” Among the many artists that inspire him, Matthew calls Stevie Wonder one of his musical heroes.
In January 2017, he was named one of the 17 people to watch in New Jersey by The Record, one of New Jersey’s largest newspapers.

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African-American Artist Series - Session 3
Aug
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

African-American Artist Series - Session 3

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration are also available. 

 

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Gallery Reception - Out of the Classroom: Paint the Feeling
Aug
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gallery Reception - Out of the Classroom: Paint the Feeling

A Solo Exhibit featuring the works of Anthony Wardrett.

The exhibit will be open from August 1st until August 31st, 2017. 

"Paint the Feeling" is a variety of pieces that show the diversity of the painter's artistic expression, which comes from moments of thought and vision displayed on canvas with meaning. "Paint the Feeling" captures anything from sports, life, politics, music, or design emanating from the wild imagination unique to an artist. 

The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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African-American Artist Series - Session 2
Aug
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

African-American Artist Series - Session 2

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. It will continue every Wednesday in the month of August. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. Same-day and single-day registration available.

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Herman Hurston's No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts
Aug
4
9:00pm 9:00pm

Herman Hurston's No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts

No Trouble Entertainment presents Leonard Ouzts live in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater in honor of Pearl Bailey Centennial Season. 

Comedian Leonard Ouzts, a native of South Carolina and current resident of Chesapeake, Virginia has been funny as long as he can remember. A young man that grew up in the country life of the south says that is what keeps him humble and allows him to appreciate the finer things in life. In high school, Leonard enjoyed playing football and during a road trip from the State Championships is when he knew he'd found his calling. Leonard joked everyone on the bus ride the entire time.


Leonard was mentored by great Comedians such as Micah "Bamm Bamm" White, Bodacious, Angus Black, and Alycia Cooper. "My mentors have all taught me a ton of good information and always pick up the phone when I call," says Leonard.


Leonard started doing comedy on a broader level in 2001 and began hitting the stage locally, then traveling the region. His act is primarily centered around everything from family, to current events, and the things he notices while walking down the street. Leonard takes an approach to comedy that is real and thought provoking all while having his audience spill over in laughter.


Leonard has goals to entertain all across the country and take comedy by the horns. His long term aspirations include acting, major tours, and possibly writing a book about his experiences.

INTENDED FOR ADULT AUDIENCES

Eventbrite - Herman Huston's No Trouble presents Leonard Ouzts
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African-American Artist Series - Session 1
Aug
2
1:00pm 1:00pm

African-American Artist Series - Session 1

Our African American Artists Workshop series for youth starts Wednesday 8/2/2017. Participants will create their very own high quality mixed media works inspired by trailblazing African American artists such as Katanu Kay, Lorna Simpson, Mae Reeves, James Little, and more, which they will get to take home! They will also get the chance to actually display their works in one of our rotating gallery spaces. Register below or call 757-247-8950. 

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Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”
Jul
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads:
“Chasing Mother Goose”
Written by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
 

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand. 
On a seemingly quiet night, the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland shows up (with the mad Hatter close behind), and when a copy of Moby Dick is returned with pages missing, Captain Ahab arrives to wreak vengeance on the creature that took his leg. Only, the pages that say what type of creature are, well, missing. Which poses a problem for our beloved characters. 
Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s missing pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning. On their way they’ll traverse such works as Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission. 
This hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction and touching moments, is perfect for any school or library event. 
English SOL’s: K.1, K.4, K.9, 1.1, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.8, 3.1, 3.5, 4.4, 4.5, 5.4, 5.5
 

Eventbrite -  Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “Chasing Mother Goose”
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FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production
Jul
20
to Jul 22

FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva – now known affectionately to the planet as "Father Fame" – this high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.

The show follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. All of the struggles, fears and triumphs – from prejudice to substance abuse – are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama and dance.

Rated PG13

Book by Jose Fernandez, Lyrics by Jaques Levy, Music by Steve Margoshes.

Title Song "Fame" written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. Originally produced by the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arnold Mittleman, Producing Artistic Director.

Eventbrite - FAME The Musical - A Community Youth Production
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Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf”
Jun
28
2:00pm 2:00pm

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads: “I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf”

Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads:
“I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf”
Written & Directed by Scott Quirk

Cast
Boss Beulah Belle Pig… Jessie Pinsky
Petaline Prunella Pig… Katherine Nicole Schulze
Wyoming Wolf… Mike Burnette

Play Description
You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma's house. But you've never heard the real story - until now!
Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.  
With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”.
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!   
 

Eventbrite - Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads presents: “I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf”
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The Spirit of Taikoza Japanese Drum Ensemble Sponsored by Newport News Arts Commission
May
4
10:00am10:00am

The Spirit of Taikoza Japanese Drum Ensemble Sponsored by Newport News Arts Commission

Taikoza - The Spirit of Taikoza: The Japanese Drum Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey that engages students in the discovery of different regions and seasons of Japan. Students will get a chance to see, and at times play, the ancestral drums. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest in other cultures. This program will educate students in a fun way and the experience will stay with them for life.

GradeS: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 « Audience Size: 350 SOL Highlights: History: Pre-Post World War II, Asia, Colonial, Trade, Imperialism Music: Polyrhythmic, Culture, Pentatonic scale, Story, Ballad, Flute, Drum, Taiko

 

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19th Annual EllaFest Concert Finale: Featuring Lizz Wright
Apr
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

19th Annual EllaFest Concert Finale: Featuring Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright is a vocalist and composer who synthesizes R&B, jazz, folk, blues, and gospel. In 2000,Wright joined the vocal quartet In the Spirit. The group was quickly hailed as the best jazz group in the city, which motivated Wright to hone her craft all the more. Two years later, the Verve label signed her as a solo artist. Her impressive singing style was captured on her 2003 debut, SaltDreaming Wide Awake, for which she shifted to Verve Forecast, followed in 2005. After making a guest appearance on the Toots Thielemans album One More for the Road in 2006, Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, she returned with Fellowship, a gospel-heavy set that featured guest performances from kindred spirits Me'Shell Ndegéocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo. After a move to Concord, she released Freedom & Surrender, in 2015. Her fifth album, it included versions of Nick Drake's "River Man" and Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody."

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Rhonda Ross
Apr
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rhonda Ross

Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, is an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it - questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Her original music lives in the gap between jazz, funk and gospel while her lyrics delve into life's biggest questions and answers. From racism, sexism, and homophobia to the never-ending quest for self-love and deeper spirituality, Rhonda uses her music to ask “In the midst of THIS, how can we still be free?" 

Rhonda's music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen.  As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.
 

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