Madagascar Jr. (Ages 5-12)
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar Jr. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Directed by Heidi Foltz.
Show Dates: July 20, 2018 at 7:30pm & July 21 & 22, 2018 at 3:00pm
Legally Blonde Jr. (Ages 13-17)
Follow the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all. Directed by Kelly Rogers.
Show Dates: August 3 & 4, 2018 at 7:30pm & August 5, 2018 at 3:00pm
A six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. Joined by talents of Bailey Coe: guitar, Troy Boone: mandolin and Daniel Greeson: fiddle. Pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rending.
Show Date: October 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Mike Wiley's Blood Done Sign My Name
Based on Tim Tyson’s award winning memoir, this show is meant to acknowledge America’s painful racial history, “that our freedom and dignity, if we still have any, has been paid for in blood, that we have a contract with our ancestors not to let their sacrifices be in vain.”
Show Date: October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory, lights up the stage in these captivating adaptations of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight your sweet tooth.
Audition Dates: August 6 & 7, 2018 at 7pm
Show Dates: November 9 & 10, 2018 at 7:30pm and November 11, 2018 at 3pm
Transit Vocal Band
Transit is four singers, that’s it. Their only instruments are their natural born voices. Everything you hear from the stage and on their studio recordings begins with the human voice. Utilizing the latest technology, they combine their vocal talents with stage and studio effects to bring their music to life and put on a show that those who have never seen a vocal band will hardly believe. Their love for a cappella is second only to their love for music.
Show Date: December 1, 2018 at 7:30pm
Directed by Eddy Daniel. Christmas in Fayro, Texas: Frankie is overdue with her second set of twins, Twink is in jail, and Honey Raye is trying to keep the church Christmas program from spiraling into chaos while Santa passes a kidney stone and the whole cast battles food poisoning. But the feuding Futrelle sisters find a way to pull together to bring Joy to your World!
Audition Dates: October 1 & 2, 2018 at 6pm
Show Dates: December 14 & 15, 2018 at 7:30 and December 16, 2018 at 3pm
Magician Joshua Lozoff
With his deep love for the art of magic, contagious humor and fascination with human psychology, Joshua Lozoff brings “Life is Magic” to the Kirby Stage. Celebrated for creating an atmosphere of joy and wonder, Lozoff travels the world combining amazing illusions and mental feats that explore the possibilities of the human mind. “Life is Magic” makes for a mind-bending and captivating evening!
Show Date: January 26, 2019 at 7:30pm
The Stranger - Billy Joel Tribute
Introducing America’s most authentic tribute to the legendary Billy Joel, formed by Mike Santoro.
The Stranger is a musical powerhouse that is recognized as one of the best and most entertaining live bands in the business.
Show Date: February 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Directed by Ray Pearce. Come see this hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating cream soup prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The sisters parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed can be buried. The score pulses with merriment and an unabashed desire to make you laugh, with songs and spontaneous comic interludes.
Audition Dates: December 17 & 18, 2018 at 7pm
Show Dates: February 15 & 16, 2019 at 7:30pm and February 17, 2019 at 6:30pm. Dinner before show- $15. Dinner at 6:15pm on Friday/Saturday and 5:15pm on Sunday.
North Carolina Central University Big Band
Under the direction of Jazz Studies Program Director Ira Wiggins, Ph.D., the NCCU Big Band Jazz Ensemble has earned high accolades at numerous American and international festivals. The ensemble also has performed at the White House on multiple occasions. Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo have been artists-in-residence since 2005.
Show Date: April 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Heehaw - A County Faith Community
Directed by Eddy Daniel. Back by popular demand! This year’s HEE HAW is full of the same zany characters and corny country jokes as the first two, with an added focus on the strong community of faith here in Person County. Come join the fun with the whole HEE HAW gang as they romp through Person County’s country life with lots of gospel songs and church jokes thrown in. And don’t be surprised if the Kirby just plain busts out in revival during the show!
Audition Dates: March 18 & 19, 2019 at 6pm
Show Dates: April 26 & 27, 2019 at 7:30pm and April 28, 2019 at 3pm
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.