Variety Series 11/12


October 7, 2011 - 7:30pm
The Wonder Bread Years


 What's the show all about?  Here's a preview!



A salute to the Baby Boomer Generation, The Wonder Bread Years is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater.  Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before.


December 1-2, 2011 - 7:30pm
It's A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre


Thursday, December 1st performance:    

Friday, December 2nd performance:        

 Here's a sneak preview!

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre, An adaptation by W.V.R. Repoley, produced by NC Stage Company and Immediate Theatre Project.  It’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the station afloat. This clever stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls. When Frank Capra and his co-writers were working on the original screenplay of It’s a Wonderful Life, the Great Depression was a vivid memory. The story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls is juxtaposed against a time of failing banks, devastatingly high unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing.  The circumstances are eerily familiar, and over 60 years later, this story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. Its message of hope and optimism is the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism.


February 10, 2012 - 7:30pm
The Second City: Laugh Out Loud Tour

Single tickets will go on sale on January 10, 2012














The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.  With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Founded by Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, The Second City was experimental and unconventional in its

approach to both theatre and comedy. At a time when mother-in-law jokes were more the fashion, The Second City railed against the conformist culture with scenes that spoke to a younger generation.


May 26, 2012 - 7:30pm
War Bonds

Single tickets will go on sale on April 26, 2012


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War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II is a sentimental journey through a war that redefined the world. This multimedia, living-history cabaret is interspersed with actual veterans letters and headline news of the period. Twenty-two period songs lift the mood and juxtapose the anguish of war. Award winning artists Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen fill the stage with war-time memories and nostalgic tunes. This family show allows the greatest generation to celebrate, as the next greatest generation contemplates.

 Variety Series 12/13


October 11, 2012 - 7:30pm
Koresh Dance Company

Single tickets will go on sale on September 11, 2012 

A few examples of their work:
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Renowned for their powerful stage presence and high-energy style, Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company has been hailed as a vital force to both national and international stages. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh, this troupe presents its audiences with an exciting and emotional blend of ballet, modern and jazz molded into a style of choreography that is both eloquent and explosive. There is something for everyone in Koresh's exhilarating performances. 

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission. 

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February 7, 2013 - 7:30pm
Darryl Littleton

Single tickets will go on sale on January 8, 2013


Here's an example of content from Darryl's act

Content rating for the performance at our venue on February 7th will be PG-13 and will contain adult language




Darryl Littleton’s crackling wit won him respect and admiration from the industry’s top comics, among them D.L. Hughley, who tapped Darryl to be his exclusive writer during his years as host of BET’s Comic View.  Darryl’s comedic talents also landed him in front of the camera, where he guest starred on Robert Townsend’s WB sitcom The Parent Hood. In 2006 he was added to NPR’s list of contributing commentators following the release of his first book, Black Comedians on Black Comedy, chronicling the history of African American comedy featuring interviews with 125 of the industry’s biggest stars.


April 30, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Water Coolers

Single tickets will go on sale on April 1, 2013

Don't know much about The Water Coolers?  Here's a sneak peek!

Written by real people with regular jobs, The Water Coolers' hilarious brand of song and sketch comedy celebrates anyone who’s ever been held captive by a help line, pretended to understand an IT guy, or been forced to buy a can of old popcorn by a Thin-Mint-crazed Sales Parent.  Like a cross between The Office, The Capitol Steps and Modern Family, The Water Coolers uses top NY talent to answer the question “does this stuff happen to anyone else?”


May 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

Single tickets will go on sale on April 23, 2013

Let's watch a bit of Faye Lane right now!




Faye Lane is a writer and performer living in NYC, but on the inside she’s still Rhonda Faye Gunnels, who grew up in her mama’s beauty shop in Texas.  Teased mercilessly at school for being fat, Faye spent most of her time daydreaming on the front porch with a Moon Pie in her hand, or giving mandatory concerts for the ladies held captive under the dryers.  Her shows were always made up of stories and songs, mostly true and sometimes outrageous.


Variety Series 13/14

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October 31, 2013 - 7:30pm
Robert Post: POST Comedy Theatre

$15 Adult/$10 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on September 30, 2013 



A clip to show you some of the fun we'll have on Halloween  



Robert Post is a brilliant physical comedian with a stunning theatrical mind. Combine a quart of dry humor with three tablespoons of expert mime, versatile acting, and skilled juggling; add a keen sense of satire and the absurd. Blend in splendid timing and experience, and what do you get? A host of unforgettable characters at the perfect comedy feast!

Aquila Theatre Company - Twelfth Night

January 30, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aquila Theatre Company: Twelfth Night

$15 Adult/$10 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on December 16, 2013

Here are highlights of their productions since 2000


Written in 1600 and set against a background of romance and mystery, this hilarious story of identical twins and mistaken identity, set in the mystical world of Illyria, explores the universal themes of love and all its ambiguous effects on human behavior.  Aquila will take this great Shakespearean masterpiece and infuse it with their unique brand of innovative and exciting theatricality. Aquila's creative team will free the essential spirit of the play in a production that will be both faithful to Shakespeare and relevant and accessible to a modern audience.

This event is sponsored in part by the FMU Artist Series and FMU Provost Office


April 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake

$50 Adult/$25 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on March 21, 2014


Here's a sample of this classic ballet

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Leading dancers from across Russia have forged together under Radchenko’s direction and staged exciting new productions of classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen in addition to Swan Lake.