LUMBERTON — This year’s Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater season will include art exhibits, original shows and silent movies.
The center, which opened its season in August, will present 14 shows as well as classic films and art exhibits.
“This season is one of our busiest and most diverse in terms of types of programming that we’ve ever had,” said Richard Sceiford, the executive director of the Carolina Civic Center. “From live music and stage performances, touring groups and our own productions, art shows and film — we are putting a lot on our stage and in our lobbies.”
Also among the performances will be a classic country music tribute by award-winning country singer Tammie Davis.
The “Legends of the Opry” Classic Country Tribute Show will start at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. Concert-goers will enjoy songs from country music legends such as Hank Williams Sr., Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
Steve Boger, a country music history expert and television host, will provide information about all the featured artists.
Sceiford said Davis, who won the Carolina Music Awards 2011 Female Country Artist of the Year, suggested a country tribute show.
“She opened for country singer Jeff Bates here last April and we and the audience just loved her,” Sceiford said. “She pitched this new tribute show and we were very excited to bring her back.”
The show will also feature male country performer Mark Wallace, and Tim Sidden, a 14-year band director with the Carolina Opry and a Nashville music producer and songwriter.
Sceiford said the center has been trying to deliver one-of-a-kind shows to its patrons.
“Kendrix Singletary, our resident artist and production manager, spends a lot of time developing our own original shows,” he said. “We also go to conferences and use our increasing network to bring in touring groups.”
Sceiford said Stephen Love, the winner of the center’s My Time to Shine Singing Competition that was held in August, will be headlining a show on Nov. 9.
“We are adding more of our own productions,” he said. “Our original Christmas show is now officially an annual tradition in its second year. The My Time to Shine Singing Competition and Winners’ Concert are our first-time experiments. We plan to stage a non-musical production with local cast next summer as community theater.”
Alexis Raeana, the runner-up from the competition, will be performing at the concert as the opening act while Madi Bee, the People’s Choice winner, will appear as a special guest.
“We are having larger audiences — including three sell-out shows last season — coming from farther away, so we know we are doing something right in terms of the quality we present and the marketing we are doing in front of it.”
The main stage series will continue at 11:10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 with “City Mouse, Country Mouse” by The Birmingham Children’s Theatre Company.
The schedule also includes, “A Silent Film Halloween” with the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; “My Time to Shine Winners Concert” on Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.; “A Robeson County Christmas” on Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.; comedian James Gregory on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; The St. Andrews University Pipe Band on Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.; The St. Andrews University Pipe Band; “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience” on March 8 at 7:30 p.m; Sunday Classical Concert with Bella Venti on March 23 at 3 p.m.; “Thanks for the Music” on April 5 at 7 p.m. “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr ” April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m.; Suzanne Vega on May 10 at 7 p.m.; A Night of Big Band Music, May 30 at 7 p.m.; and Jeff Bates and Friends on June 21 at 7:30 p.m.
The lobby artist exhibits continue with works by Charlotte Thompson through Nov. 9. The works of Karena Kimble-Locklear will be on display from Nov. 14 until Jan. 30; beginning Feb. 6, artwork by Matt Thompson will be displayed until April 12.
The theater’s classic film series begins with the film “On the Waterfront” on Friday; “Frankenstein” on Wednesday; silent films accompanied by the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra on Oct. 26; “Cleopatra”on on Nov. 15; “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Nov. 15 and “Wizard of Oz” on Jan. 10.
The movie schedule can be viewed at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.
The Carolina Civic Center is located in downtown Lumberton at Fourth and Chestnut streets.
Tickets can be purchased in-person or by telephone with credit card or cash on Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center’s administrative offices on the theater’s second floor, or by calling the center at 910-738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Group and senior discount prices are available. For information, call 910-738-4339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.