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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

SOLACE OPEN MIC NIGHT

Masters of Soul

Friday
November 5, 2021
8:00 pm

Ticket Reservations:
FREE

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COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building, consistent with the governor’s policy. For children’s classes and programs (including the October 23 performance of Moana, Jr.), masks are required by all attending.
If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

Solace: Open Mic Night

Consisting of an open mic/spoken word performance, workshops, and a visual art exhibition, Solace: Healing Through the Arts aims to bring individuals of all backgrounds together to find their voice and tell their story. Over a six-week period in October and November, this series of programs give space for a diverse community of people to find solace or healing from trauma, illness, isolation, grief, and/or related experiences, including, but not limited to, the past year’s world, national, and local events.

We believe in inclusivity and believe everyone has a story to tell, whether that is through word, song, or visual arts. We believe that our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to inclusiveness as a core value and practice. We invite artists and community members of any background, socioeconomic status, discipline, and experience level.

On November 5, 2021, we will have the Solace open-mic performance for all performing arts (spoken word, poetry, song, dance). This is open to anyone 15 and up to tell their story through performance.
We thank our SOLACE Community Partners

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Masters of Soul

Saturday
April 30, 2022 8 PM
Pre-Show FUN 7 PM

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

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*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:
SPONSOR: Home Instead
SPONSOR: Lake Prince Woods
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Glenn Miller Orchestra WEBSITE

PRE-SHOW FUN ~ Dancing 7-7:45 PM!
SWING VIRGINIAArrive early and join the pre-show fun with SWING VIRGINIA, SwingVirginia.com, dancing outside by the fountain from 7:00-7:45 PM. Guests are encouraged sway along to the Lindy Hop, the Shag, and the Charleston!

Often imitated but never duplicated, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest dance bands of all time. The group won its place in history by earning the first-ever gold record awarded for the unforgettable tune, “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Experience the unique swinging sound of this legendary band with favorites including “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”

“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

…The Miller Sound Lives Forever!

The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from Europe to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.

With the release of the major motion movie The Glenn Miller Story featuring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson in 1954, interest and popular demand led the Miller Estate to authorize the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra. On June 6, 1956, and under the direction of drummer Ray McKinley who had become the unofficial leader of the Army Air Force Band after Glenn’s disappearance, the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra performed its first concert and has been on the road ever since. Other leaders have followed Ray including clarinetists Buddy DeFranco and Peanuts Hucko, trombonists Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson, Larry O’Brien and Gary Tole, and tenor saxophonist Dick Gerhart. Since January 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher leads the band.

Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world.

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

VINYL RADIO

Masters of Soul

Saturday
April 2, 2022
8:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$25, $28, $32, & $35  for Reserved Seating

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now

*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:
SPONSOR: Howell Dentistry
SPONSOR: The Addison GroupSponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: 106.9 The Fox
Vinyl Radio WEBSITE

Vinyl Radio

Vinyl Radio comes at you with a wash of vocal power and a righteous regard for the great rock-n-roll music of the 70s. These music city pros combine their considerable talents in an experience that captures the essence of an era when guitars, grooves, and melodies ruled the airwaves! Performing the music of: The Eagles, America, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Aerosmith, Styx, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and many, many more!

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

HURRAH PRESENTS DISNEY

Saturday
MARCH 26, 2022
2:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20 Youth, 18 & under – $25 Adult for Reserved Seating

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*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:

JIM & BECKY HABEL

SPONSOR: Farmers Bank
SPONSOR: Southern Bank
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Hurrah Players WEBSITE

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE

Masters of Soul

Saturday
March 12, 2022
8:00 pm

Ticket Price:
$33 for General Admission seating in the Taylor Ballroom.

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now

*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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Tidewater Bluegrass Association

Pre-Show FUN at 7 PM

Come early to see members of  Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association, playing traditional instruments that define the Bluegrass sound.

WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:
SPONSOR: Parr Funeral Home
SPONSOR: Tidewater News
Sponsor: Suffolk News HeraldSPONSOR: Real Country 101.7
Chatham County Line WEBSITE

Chatham County Line

Come 2020, Chatham County Line will have been a staple of the North Carolina music scene for two decades. Embracing an all acoustic instrumentation and the modern songwriting of leader Dave Wilson the band has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as mainland Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With seven studio albums of original material to pull from, CCL has a sound all their own and a stage show to match. Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Dave Wilson pulls tunes out of an ether that is inspired by a shelf bending collection of vinyl records from the 20’s to the 20’s. One listen to their all covers release “Sharing the Covers” [Yep Roc Records 2019] will give you an idea of those inspirations, with songs from the likes of Wilco and Beck shared with those of John Lennon, Tom Petty and John Hartford.

With the recent retirement of founding member Chandler Holt (banjo), the band decided to push their sound a little bit more into the modern world and embrace the use of drums onstage. “We’ve had drums on several albums, most notably Wildwood, and our audience always responded well to those tunes” says Dave Wilson. John Teer who rotates from Mandolin to Fiddle all while singing soaring harmony adds “We’ve done an Electric Holiday Tour for the past 12 years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.”

With the release of 2020’s Strange Fascination on YepRoc Records, look for the core of CCL; Dave Wilson, John Teer, and Greg Readling [Bass, Pedal Steel] as well as a rotating cadre of drummers to keep traveling the highways, byways and airways to share their special canon of songs with the world.

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

Aladdin ~ DEC. 11, 2 PM

Movies at the Center:
Aladdin

Saturday, December 11, 2021
2:00 - 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $1/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
Movies at the Center: Aladdin
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Movies at the Center: Aladdin

Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present the enchanting 2019 live-action film, “Aladdin,” at the Suffolk Center on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 2pm. Admission is $1 per person. Children are welcome to wear their Aladdin-inspired costumes. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.


The kind-hearted street urchin Aladdin vies for the love of the beautiful princess Jasmine. When he finds a magic lamp, he uses the genie’s magic power to make himself a prince in order to marry her, all while fending off the powerful Jafar, who plots to steal the magic lamp that could make his deepest wishes come true.

The cast includes Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, and Navid Negahban. This movie is rated PG and has a running time of 128 minutes; all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Shining ~ OCT. 29, 8 PM

Friday Night Frights at the Center:
The Shining

Friday, October 29, 2021
 8:00 - 10:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
Friday Night Frights: The Shining
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Friday Night Frights at the Center: The Shining

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 29, 2021, join us for “The Shining,” the 1980 psychological horror film based on the popular Stephen King novel. The show begins at 8pm and admission is $3 per person. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.


Writer and former teacher Jack Torrance agrees to be the caretaker of a hotel that has a long, violent past. When Jack slowly loses his grip on sanity due to the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, he becomes increasingly violent, placing his son Danny—who has psychic abilities known as “the shining”—and his wife Wendy in grave danger.

The cast includes Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, and Philip Stone. The film is rated R and has a running time of 146 minutes. No children under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

The Birds – OCT. 22, 8 PM

Friday Night Frights at the Center:
The Birds

Friday, October 22, 2021
 8:00 - 10:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
Friday Night Frights: The Birds
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Friday Night Frights at the Center: The Birds

Friday, October 22, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 22, 2021, join us for “The Birds,” the classic 1963 horror-thriller film by Alfred Hitchcock. The show begins at 8pm and admission $3 per person. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts box office at 757.923.2900.


A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. The cast includes Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright. The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 119 minutes.

Scream ~ OCT. 15, 8 PM

Friday Night Frights at the Center:
Scream

Friday, October 15, 2021
8:00 - 10:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
Friday Night Frights: Scream
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

Friday Night Frights at the Center: Scream

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism wants to give you the fright of your life as they present a series of classic horror films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. On Friday, October 15, 2021, join us for “Scream,” the cult 1996 hit by Wes Craven. The show begins at 8pm and admission $3 per person.


A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl in small-town Woodsboro is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

The cast includes Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, and Rose McGowan. The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 111 minutes.

Sense and Sensibility ~ SEPT. 30, 7 PM

A Season of Historic Romance Series:
Sense and Sensibility 

Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
A Season of Historic Romance Series: Sense and Sensibility
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

A Season of Historic Romance at the Suffolk Center: Sense and Sensibility

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present the 1995 “Sense and Sensibility” at the Suffolk Center, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, beginning at 7pm. Admission is $3 per person.


Penniless Elinor and Marianne Dashwood—two sisters with very different perspectives on life and love—keep one another in line and give support through death, hardship, love, and friendship.

The cast includes Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and Greg Wise. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 136 minutes.

Emma ~ SEPT. 23, 7PM

A Season of Historic Romance Series:
Emma

Thursday, September 23, 2021
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
A Season of Historic Romance Series: Emma
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

A Season of Historic Romance at the Suffolk Center: Emma

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present the 2020 “Emma.” at the Suffolk Center, on Thursday, September 23, 2021, beginning at 7pm. Admission is $3 per person.


Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. The cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Miranda Hart, and Johnny Flynn. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 124 minutes.

Pride & Prejudice ~ SEPT. 16, 7 PM

A Season of Historic Romance Series:
Pride & Prejudice

Thursday, September 16, 2021
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $3/ person 

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Suffolk Tourism
Movie: Pride & Prejudice SEPT. 16
SPONSORED BY: The Suffolk Division of Tourism

A Season of Historic Romance at the Suffolk Center: Pride & Prejudice

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, is pleased to present “Pride & Prejudice” at the Suffolk Center, on Thursday, September 16, 2021, beginning at 7pm. Admission is $3 per person.


Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can Lizzie and Mr. Darcy overcome their own pride and prejudice to find their soul mates?

The cast includes Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland, Rosamund Pike, and Brenda Blethyn. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 129 minutes.