PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

We have had the great pleasure of hosting a wide variety of programming here at Suffolk Center, such as the past performances and events listed below. Many thanks to the continuing support of our patrons, members, sponsors, staff, board members, and volunteers who foster the arts here in Suffolk. Please note that some links contained within these past program listings may no longer be valid.

CURRENT PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

Tangled

POSTPONED
Due to Covid Phase 3 Restrictions

Sunday
September 13, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Tangled
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

TANGLED

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Tangled” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, September 13, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This funny family film, based upon the fairy tale “Rapunzel,” tells the tale of an unlikely duo who set off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter, and suspense. Movie fans will get a special treat after the film, as Rapunzel herself will be stopping by for photos with film attendees. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

The magically long-haired and beautiful Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life locked in a tower, and she is curious of the outside world. When runaway thief Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel, she strikes a bargain with the charming thief to act as her guide. Together they will travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life, not only discovering the world for the first time, but also who she really is. The talented vocal cast includes Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, and Brad Garrett. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 100 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Trolls

POSTPONED
Due to Covid Phase 3 Restrictions

Sunday
August 9, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Trolls
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Trolls

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Trolls” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, August 9, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This smart, funny, and irreverent animated comedy is from the creators of “Shrek” and features original music by Justin Timberlake. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, Trolls is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. The all-star cast includes Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and more. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 92 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Incredibles 2

Sunday
July 12, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Incredibles 2
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Incredibles 2

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Incredibles 2” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, July 12, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This hilarious sequel offers more madcap fun by the family of undercover superheroes who are forced into action to save the world. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Helen Parr is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while her husband Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack – whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. The all-star cast includes Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Sophia Bush. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 118 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an

COCO

Sunday
March 8, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
COCO
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Coco

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Coco” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, March 8, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This dazzling family film was a box-office smash and won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Vocal talent is provided by Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Gabriel Iglesias, Edward James Olmos, and Anthony Gonzalez.This film is rated PG and has a running time of 105 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Princess and the Frog

Sunday
February 9, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Princess and the Frog
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

The Princess and the Frog

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “The Princess and the Frog” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This fun family film is a modern-day retelling of the classic story “The Frog Prince.” Movie fans will get a special treat after the film, as Tiana herself will be stopping by for photos with film attendees. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

This hilarious tale finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams. The talented cast includes Aniki Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos, and Jennifer Lewis. This film is rated G and has a running time of 97 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

BRAVE

Sunday
January 12, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices:
FREE and open to the public.
General Admission, no ticket required.

Suffolk Tourism
Brave
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Brave

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Brave” at the Suffolk Center, on Sunday, January 12, 2020, beginning at 2pm. This dazzling family-friendly film was a huge box office hit and received critical praise. Movie fans will get a special treat after the film, as Princess Merida herself will be stopping by for photos with film attendees. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, Brave features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse and set things right. The all-star cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltraine, and Craig Ferguson. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 93 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

OPERA MEETS BROADWAY

Thursday
November 7, 2019
11:00am

Ticket Prices:
$5.00 per ticket
General Admission

School Groups: Please contact Gavin Harper, Education Manager, for discounted school tickets.
757-923-0003 ext. 103 or gavin.harper@suffolkcenter.org.

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The Drifters
Virginia Opera Website

OPERA MEETS BROADWAY & EVERYONE WINS!

The Virginia Opera artists perform a concert with a fun mix of music from both opera and Broadway. Students will learn about the selections, technical aspects of classical singing, and the many diverse jobs in the arts on and behind the stage. An extended Q&A follows the concert.

Grades: 6-12th

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Tuesday
November 12, 2019
11:00am

Ticket Prices:
$5.00 per ticket
General Admission

School Groups: Please contact Gavin Harper, Education Manager, for discounted school tickets.
757-923-0003 ext. 103 or gavin.harper@suffolkcenter.org.

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The Drifters
The Drifters

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Book and Lyrics by Douglas S. Jones
Music by Ron Barnett

Join us in this wondrous retelling of The Brothers Grimm fairy tale about parents, children, and witches. Hansel and Gretel stray from the path which invariably leads to a witch’s gingerbread house, but they outsmart the witch and find that the real treasure is family and home.

Grades K – 5 SOL Connections: Folk Tales, Music, Literary Classic, Language Arts, Reading, History

The Drifters

RESCHEDULING IN PROGRESS  
Saturday
May 16, 2020
8:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$32, $38, $42 & $48  for Reserved Seating
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The Drifters
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Drifters

The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, are the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine. Through a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll.

They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof”. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.

The Drifters had 17 Top 40 songs, with 5 Top 10’s (In Billboard Top 100) including:
• Up on the Roof
• Under the Boardwalk
• This Magic Moment
• There Goes My Baby
• Dance with Me
• Spanish Harlem
• Stand by Me
• On Broadway … The list of hits goes on and on!

Chowan University Choir

Sunday
April 26, 2020
3:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$10  General Admission Seating
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Chown University Choir
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Charles and Juanita Pond
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Chowan University Choir

The Chowan University Singers and Men’s Chorus, the premier touring choral ensembles of Chowan University, combined with the Chowan Community Chorus, will present a special concert at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. This classical choral concert will feature the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré.  The Chowan Singers and Community Chorus will perform this classic choral masterwork. Additionally, the Chowan Singers and Men’s Chorus will sing works ranging in style from classical a cappella music to contemporary gospel, including choral standards by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, and Alice Parker.

Chowan Singers is a select ensemble that consists of 18 students, about half of whom are music majors. Chowan Singers has presented numerous concerts throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the group has traveled in recent years to perform in Ireland, Italy, and New York City.

Chowan Singers, Men’s Chorus, and Community Chorus are under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan University. Dr. Thorburn holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale University. Paula Pressnell, Artist in Residence at Chowan, is the collaborative pianist for the choirs. Mrs. Pressnell is a cum laude graduate of Salem College, where she was a piano student of Clemens Sandresky.

DELLA MAE and special guest Dori Freeman

RESCHEDULED
Saturday
OCTOBER 30, 2020
8:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$27, $31, $35 & $40  for Reserved Seating
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Della Mae
Della Mae WEBSITE
Dori Freeman WEBSITE
Dempsey WEBSITE
CO -SPONSORED BY:
Bank Of America

McLemore and Sandra Birdsong

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Della Mae

A Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys an expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Della Mae were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.

Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

Dori Freeman
Dori Freeman first broke out in 2016, with a stunning debut produced by Teddy Thompson and a sparkling voice that seemed to come from out of nowhere. Her songs were brittle, cracked, infused with heartbreak and seeming to speak for women everywhere, channeling Appalachian women in a way that harkened back to Loretta Lynn. NPR spoke of her “bruised sort of romanticism” and Noisey referenced her “heart-wrenching moments.” Freeman had written her first album on the heels of a failed relationship, a suddenly-single mother in a small town. There was a bitter taste in her songwriting that reflected the fiercely independent streak Appalachian women are known for and her own lack of patience for bullshit. Three years later, she’s now happily married (to drummer Nick Falk), and her new album, Every Single Star, to be released September 27, 2019 on Blue Hens Music (her second album on her own label after 2017’s Letters Never Read), features a very different perspective. She’s writing songs now for her new love, and for her daughter, as beholden as ever to the traditions that first inspired her as a young girl growing up in Galax, Virginia, but full of the same incisive eye for the human condition that’s always been her hallmark.

“The purity of Dori Freeman’s voice and the directness of her songwriting reflect not only her Appalachian hometown — Galax, Va. — but also a determined classicism, a rejection of the ways modern country punches itself up for radio and arenas.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Dempsey – At this time we do NOT believe the Dempsey sisters are available to join Della Mae in concert on October 30, 2020.
The Dempsey Sisters, from Smithfield, VA, bring a youthful twist to music both old & new. Their three-part sibling harmony along with their passion for the artistry of music delivers a unique blend.

“Most musicians learn from books, but sometimes they’re mechanical and the music escapes their soul,” he said. “They’ve listened and absorbed the music, so when it comes out of their mouths it’s like a new genre of the song.
-Virginia Mountain Boys and state bluegrass/traditional music legend Bill Jenkins, who is in the  Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Disney’s MOANA JR by The Hurrah Players

RESCHEDULED
Saturday
MARCH 20, 2021
2:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20 Youth, 18 & under – $25 Adult for Reserved Seating
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Hurrah Players present a surprise Disney Musical!
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Jim & Becky Habel
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Disney’s MOANA JR

The Hurrah Players are once again thrilled to be one of the first companies to perform a new Disney Jr. show onstage with the support of Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s Moana JR. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Celebrating the rich stories of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation and our director and choreographer has worked to study Polynesian storytelling culture to bring to this production.

Hurrah is thrilled to have two talented students performing the role of Moana for this performance, Elana Rose Lapetina & Amelia Howard. Amelia can be seen in Black Girl Magic: A Tribute to African American Women Past & Present, Hurrah’s February 2020 original production. Elana is a member of Pharrell Williams Gospel choir and has performed with them around the country and can be seen on their upcoming Netflix special.