The Stokes County Arts Council’s Winter Dessert Theatre Series will celebrate its eleventh season in 2016 with three fabulous productions for Stokes County audiences, “Tom Benn and Blackbeard the Pirate” on Jan. 29, “Way Back When” on Feb. 27, and “Feelin’ Groovy, The Best of 60’s Pop” on March 19.
“This series has created quite a few memorable performances over the past ten years” stated Eddy McGee, Stokes Arts Executive Director. “From one person shows to large ensembles, musicals, murder mysteries, historical figures, we’ve had it all. I would rank our 2016 lineup as one of the best yet with something for everyone.”
The North Carolina Marionette Theatre opens the series on Jan. 29 with “Tom Benn and Blackbeard the Pirate” at the South Stokes High School Auditorium, 1100 South Stokes High Drive in Walnut Cove. Join the adventure of Tom Benn, who is tricked onto Blackbeard’s ship, becomes the cabin boy and finds out that being a pirate isn’t quite what he expected. When Blackbeard plans to rob his family’s farm on Ocracoke Island, Tom does some quick thinking to protect them. Based on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, The NC Marionette Theatre’s mission is to promote literacy, puppetry and North Carolina history and culture through the art of Marionettes. Dessert is sponsored by Edward Jones of Walnut Cove and begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m.
On Feb. 27, Stokes County artist Micah Phillips will present his one man show titled “Way Back When” at the Historic Walnut Cove Colored School / Senior Center, 308 Brook Street in Walnut Cove. The performance is based on folk tales and characters from Phillips’ childhood, passed down through generations of family and friends, and most often combined with a lesson learned and a touch of humor. Phillips is a 2014 graduate of South Stokes High School where he participated in Theatre Arts under the direction of Christina Holland and Justin Bulla, and is presently pursuing theatre at the college level. Dessert is sponsored by Carolina Farms and Homes and begins at 6 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m.
On March 19, the NoneSuch Playmakers will conclude the series with their newest musical, “Feelin Groovy” at The Dogwood Events Center, 232 Newsome Road in King. Audiences will enjoy the best of 60’s pop music with a performance by those fabulous ladies The Treblemakers and their tribute to that memorable era with songs My Guy by Mary Wells, You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore, Downtown by Petula Clark, Boots by Nancy Sinatra, To Sir With Love by Lulu, Georgy Girl by The Seekers and many more. Dessert is sponsored by the Artists Way Café and Bakery and begins at 6 p.m. followed by the performance at 7 p.m.
Admission to all 2016 Winter Dessert Theatre Series performances is $12 adults, $10 for Stokes Arts members and seniors 65+, and $5 for students K-12, and includes dessert and the performance.
For more information on the 2016 Winter Dessert Theatre Series, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or visit StokesArts.org