PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

It is with great enthusiasm that we present this year’s upcoming programming below. If you are visiting for the first time, or returning as a longtime supporter, we thank and welcome you to Suffolk Center!

PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

2nd Saturdays In Downtown Suffolk

2nd Saturday
of each month

Cost:
*Free & Open to the Public

*A few events feature paid performances and are noted where applicable

ADDITIONAL INFO

Second Saturdays in Downtown Suffolk are made for free family fun! Seven venues host a variety of activities throughout the day. Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is featuring the following activities on these dates:

  • September 8, 2018 — 1pm to 3pm: Live Music by the Fountain Featuring Steel Drum Performer – Ju Ju, Chalk the Walk for Kids & Lawn Games
  • October 13, 2018 — 1pm to 3pm
  • November 10, 2018 — 1pm to 3pm
  • December 8, 2018 — 2pm: FREE Movie Showing: Paddington 2
  • January 12, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm
  • February 9, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm
  • March 9, 2019 — 8pm *Soul Street Dance (Tickets: $25 – $30)
  • April 13, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm
  • May 11, 2019 — 8pm *Masters of Soul (Tickets: $25 – $35)
  • June 8, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm
  • July 13, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm
  • August 10, 2019 — 1pm to 3pm

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL

Saturday
September 22, 2018
11:00am

Ticket Prices:
$25 for Adults
$20 for Youth

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In PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The award-winning VITAL THEATRE COMPANY’s long-running hit PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in January, will be on stage at The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

The one-hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the best-selling children’s book “Pinkalicious.” The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond based on the original direction of Suzu McConnell-Wood.

BEN PHELPS PROJECT – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Saturday
September 29, 2018
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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The Ben Phelps Project is a six piece band from Hampton Roads Virginia. The band plays a style of music all their own merging jazz, blues, and rock into an original sound. The BPP has worked regionally since 2004, released two albums, and has played shows with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Colbie Callait, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Chicago, Cowboy Mouth, Michelle Branch, Cracker, Carbon Leaf, Pat Mcgee, Taylor Hicks, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Romantics, Good Old War, and more.

Along with regular local radio and TV appearances, The Ben Phelps Project has been a regular on the club circuit. Most notably, headlining twice in 2008 and 2012 with crowds in excess of 500 at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA; a club Rolling Stone named as one of the top 5 clubs to play in the country.

The band has played for spring breakers in Panama City, Florida to Bucknell University students in Pennsylvania and everywhere in between. Ben Phelps is newly signed to Tinderbox Music, a promotional company out of Minnesota, which currently has his solo album, New Ghost Town, on college radios across the county and is licensing the music for TV & Film. Most recently, Ben Phelps music has been has been licensed to The Discovery Channel, MTV2, and VH1 for use in over ten television series.

New Ghost Town – Released 2010
Vision and Sound – Released 2006

ANNIE

Saturday
October 20, 2018
2:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$25 for Adults
$20 for Youth

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The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents the Broadway musical ANNIE! Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, ANNIE is a worldwide phenomenon with seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next to nothing start in the 1930s New York City.

The beloved book and score by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Marin Charnin, feature some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life.” ANNIE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

LUKE WILLETTE – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Saturday
November 17, 2018
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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Luke grew up in Franklin County, Missouri and settled in Hampton Roads after a stint in the Navy. Luke lives in Suffolk with his wife Amy and two children. He owns Willette Plumbing. Luke has been playing guitar on and off since he was 12 and has been working at songwriting for the past ten years. He’s been kicking his songwriting craft into high gear more recently, which helped him win the 2017 Tidewater Arts Outreach Emerging Artist Competition.

THE FABULOUS EQUINOX ORCHESTRA

Friday
November 30, 2018
7:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$25 – $35 for Reserved Seating

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Meet your next two best friends — Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, along with their fiery hot 17-piece big band!

All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen and their high-energy show that is the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage. Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers led by Frank Sinatra, Davis & Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

Movies at The Center – PADDINGTON 2

Saturday
December 8, 2018

2:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$2 Donation and canned goods

Please join us for Movies at the Center presented by Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in partnership with Suffolk Tourism. On Saturday, December 8, 2018, we’ll be showing the popular 2017 family film, Paddington 2.

Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. This delightful adventure-filled comedy is rated PG and has a running time of 103 minutes.

CAROLS & LULLABIES OF THE SOUTHWEST

Saturday
December 15, 2018
4:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$15 for Reserved Seating

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The Virginia Choral Society is a community-based choral group of 80-100 voices singing a wide variety of repertoire. At any given concert you might hear Broadway choruses, a large choral-orchestral work, jazz standards, folk songs, traditional favorites, or a commissioned work from a local composer. VCS is one of the oldest continuously performing choral organizations in Virginia having been organized in 1931.

WILL OVERMAN – DOWNSTAIRS AT THE CENTER

Friday
January 18, 2019
8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$10  (Adults 21+ only)

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Will Overman’s incomparable voice — he made it through two levels of NBC’s “The Voice” —  is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative. Overman’s music — call it Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.

Musically and lyrically, Overman draws deeply from his Virginia roots, producing a rare combination of enticing straight-ahead, hard-charging rhythm and riffs and introspective melodies paired with sleek vocals. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality.

Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a poet, reminiscent of a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”) or Bob Dylan. He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), whether performing solo or fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.

And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, with the softness of James Taylor.

Overman has quickly built a reputation as a fan favorite at music festivals including MerleFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Front Porch Fest and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, and Lynchfest. He was a finalist in the “Rockn to Lockn” contest.

Overman has played hundreds of shows from Burlington, Vermont to Columbus, Ohio,  New York City and Washington, D.C., to Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and in between. He’s busked in lonely subway stations and performed to sold-out crowds in Charlottesville.

In 2017, Overman found himself at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively, professionally and personally. He said farewell to the band that has borne his name over the past several years and embarked on his first solo project since 2013.

“Crossroads,” his newly released solo EP produced by Rockfish Music, is without a doubt his most self-reflective work yet. He recently submitted one of the singles, “Decatur,” to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell and Damien Rice, Overman carries an unwavering commitment to his music and to his fans. Soulful and unforgettable. Addictive and sometimes playful. Meaningful and real. Those factors, plus a transcendent passion and unyielding commitment to his craft, are what truly define this rising, must-see young artist, who has only just begun what promises to be a long and fruitful musical journey.

Movies at The Center – GREASE

Thursday
January 10, 2019

7:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$2 Donation and canned goods

Please join us for Movies at the Center presented by Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in partnership with Suffolk Tourism. On Thursday, January 17, 2019, we’ll be showing the 1978 cult classic, Grease. This rousing musical about teens in love in the 50’s lit up the box office and made stars of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta.

It’s California in 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian (and resident good girl) Sandy Olsson fall in love over the summer, not expecting to see each other at summer’s end. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? An all-star cast includes John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn, Dinah Manoff, Eve Arden, and cameos by Sid Caesar and Frankie Avalon. This film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Movies at The Center – FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

Thursday
January 17, 2019

7:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$2 Donation and canned goods

Please join us for Movies at the Center presented by Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in partnership with Suffolk Tourism. On Thursday, January 17, 2019, get to know the legend that is Ferris Bueller, when we show the modern classic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day OffThis iconic hit smashed box office records and made a star of Matthew Broderick.

High school student and resident wise guy Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he’s developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. All he needs is his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane to help him elude principal Ed Rooney as they play hooky and have the adventure of a lifetime in downtown Chicago. An all-star cast includes Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, and Ben Stein. This 1986 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Movies at The Center – CLUELESS

Thursday
January 24, 2019

7:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$2 Donation or bring canned goods

Please join us for Movies at the Center presented by Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in partnership with Suffolk Tourism. On Thursday, January 24, 2019, visit the world of Beverly Hills when we show Clueless. This cult classic spawned many iconic lines and made a star of Alicia Silverstone.

Cher, a rich high school student in Beverly Hills, tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, while still navigating her own tricky affairs of the heart. Her initial superficiality gives way to a blossoming wit, charm, and intelligence that help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. An all-star cast includes Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Jeremy Sisto, and Wallace Shawn. This 1995 film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 37 minutes.