Imperial Centre to host play, art activities


From Staff Reports

Friday, March 2, 2018

Live music, painting and drawing demonstrations, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” and more are all part of a packed event tonight at the Imperial Centre.

First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., offers several reasons to visit the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

Artist Karen Healy will be featured in Conversation with the Artist.

Haley's A Palette of Rust and Dreams is on display through mid-May. The exhibition documents two trains that run between Rocky Mount and Charlotte. It's a photographic essay that depicts life along the railways in the Piedmont region of North Carolina and is a vignette of a train journey as seen through the eyes of a traveler, including photographs, audio and video recordings.

Two live music acts will perform simultaneously at different Imperial Centre locations. Lakota John & Kim is a Piedmont blues finger picking band and Wolfgang A Cappella is a student run, co-ed a cappella group from N.C. State University.

The event will also feature a blacksmith demonstration, along with planetarium and laser shows.

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” will kick off its opening weekend during First Friday. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a love story for the ages. The production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and 10, and 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 11. Ticket prices range from $7 to $11 and may be purchased at imperialcentre.org/theatre.

Admission is free to First Friday.

Also, at the Booker T. Theatre tonight, the Twin Counties Young Professionals will host their monthly gathering, which features the return of Family and Friends Feud. Participants must be 16 or older. The Booker T. Theatre event begins at 6:30 p.m.

First Friday runs through May. For more information, please contact the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences at 252-972-1266 or go online to imperialcentre.org.