LUMBERTON — The Carolina Civic Center recently released the lineup for the 2021-22 Mainstage Series, and audiences can expect some soul, a holiday classic, bluegrass, and an orchestra.
Masters of Soul’s January 2020 performance was the last live audience show during the 2019-20 Mainstage Series, before the theater had to close for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It seems fitting that the Masters return to the theater stage as the season opener on September 17 at 7 p.m.
A regularly sold-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in Motor City in the 1960s. The show features costumed, fully choreographed tributes to male and female groups of the era, backed by a band of accomplished musicians who have performed together for decades.
Spectators can relive or experience for the first time the harmonies and fluid movements of acts such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and many more. The energetic show is for audiences of all ages.
The Kruger Brothers will make their way to the stage at the theater on October 28 at 7pm, as part of the annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater event.
In an “ever expanding”, “body-of-work”, Jens Kruger, on banjo and vocals; Uwe Kruger, on guitar and vocals; and Joel Landsberg, who provides bass and vocals, personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that is at the heart of the American musical tradition. Born and raised in Europe, the trio moved to the United States in 2002 and are based in Wilkesboro.
The Kruger Brothers’ discipline, creativity and ability to incorporate classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture in the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.
The Carolina Civic Center’s annual “A Robeson County Christmas Show” returns for personal audiences and concludes 2021. The 2020 show was held virtually for the first time in production history. The annual musical holiday revue is aimed at the whole family and features some of the best regional artists singing and dancing during the holidays.
This year’s show features Lumberton’s own former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, X-Factor Top 40 roster Brent Tyler, and other well-known singers. Viewers will experience the staged dance of “The Civettes” and adorable performances from the show’s youth cast. The theater is being decorated for Christmas and of course there are performances by Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch and Santa Claus.
This year marks the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s 10th running of what has become the region’s most popular Christmas show. Show times are December 9-11, 17 and 18 at 7:00 PM. Matinee performances take place on December 12 at 3pm and December 18 at 1pm
On January 29 at 7pm, the theater will welcome the Glenn Miller Orchestra, a favorite itinerant big band that fits perfectly with the setting of the historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed .
The world-famous orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is considered one of the ‘greatest bands of all time’. The current version of the orchestra was founded in 1956 and has been touring constantly ever since, with an average of 300 live performances a year around the world. Nick Hilscher is the current conductor of the orchestra.
On February 26 at 7pm, Balsam Range returns to the theater after previous sold-out performances, whose ascent to the top of the bluegrass world has left a clear trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. Award-winning performers in recent years have included she won 10 International Bluegrass Music Association awards after six critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has captivated audiences while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the country and appearing multiple times on the Grand Ole Opry.
Next in the lineup is the annual “My Time to Shine” talent show, which takes the stage on March 19 at 7 p.m.
The popular and competitive talent show covers all categories of talent – from singing and dancing to instrumental and more. Auditions will be held to determine who gets to show their skills on stage, with cash and gift prizes for the best entrants and a top prize of $1,000.
Cornell Gunter’s Coasters is an American rhythm & blues/rock ‘n’ roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Starting with “Searchin” and “Young Blood”, their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and production team Leiber and Stoller.
Although The Coasters emerged outside the mainstream doo-wop, their records were so often imitated that they became an important part of the doo-wop legacy in the 1960s. The Coasters’ hits were also a big part of the song score for the 1994 musical revue Smokey Joe’s Café, a retrospective of Leiber and Stoller songs that received one Grammy Award and seven Tony Award nominations after its Broadway debut in 1995. From “Yakkety Yak” to “Charlie Brown” to “Poison Ivy,” these landmark songs helped land The Coasters in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
The Coasters will perform at the Carolina Civic Center on April 22 at 7 p.m.
The Mainstage Series concludes the season with an original production of the classic story “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Kendrix Singletary, the theater’s resident artist.
When a tornado sweeps through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical Land of Oz in their home. They follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and along the way they meet a Scarecrow who needs brains, a Tin Man who lacks a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the evil witch of the west to earn his help.
“The Wizard of Oz” is scheduled for June 9-11 at 7pm, June 11 at 1pm and June 12 at 3pm
Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased online by visiting the theater’s website at www.carolinaciviccenter.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person or by credit card or cash from 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM Monday through Friday at the administrative offices on the second floor of the theater (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling downtown at 910-738 -4339. If available, tickets can also be purchased at the door. The theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour before a performance.
A seasonal subscription discount of 20% off the individual price is available for the purchase of five or more events at once through our checkout. Seniors, Military, PrivilegesPlus, Student Discounts and Group Rates are also available for most events. For more information about participating in UNC Health Southeastern’s PrivilegesPlus program, visit the webpage at www.srmc.org/pplus.
The theater is located at 315 North Chestnut St. in downtown Lumberton.
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