Temporary Office Location
Our offices and all operations are currently being housed inside the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, located at 108 Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893 during the renovation of the Wilson Arts Center.
A variety of performances are staged at the beautifully renovated Edna Boykin Cultural Center in Historic Downtown Wilson by community groups and professionals alike. It is the home to many wonderful programs such as the ACT! For Youth, the Playhouse of Wilson, our own professional Boykin Series, and many more!
We offer an assortment of classes that focus on exploring the arts from every angle. From summer camps, workshops, acting classes, our Paint & Pour classes, and more, there is a place for anyone of all ages to learn, explore, and grow, all in the name of creativity in both the visual and performing arts!
Looking for a Great Career in the Arts?
The Arts Council of Wilson is currently seeking an experienced Theater Arts Coordinator to help manage the facilities and technical needs of the historic Edna Boykin Cultural Center (including acting as liaison between the Arts Council and those renting/utilizing the facility), as well as providing technical direction and education for our ACT! for Youth program. The ideal candidate will become the very public "face" of our performing arts programs, so a true passion for the arts is essential! Click on the link below to view and download the job description - we will be accepting applications until Friday, August 10th.
Annual Summer Community Musical: South Pacific
The Arts Council of Wilson and Barton College are thrilled to present the eighth annual summer community musical: Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific. This iconic piece of American theater first premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Its original cast album was the bestselling record of the 1940s, and several of its songs, including “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” and “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy;” have become popular standards. It was also made into a major motion picture in 1958, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Set against the dramatic background of an idyllic South Pacific island during WWII, South Pacific intertwines the themes of romance, duty, and prejudice to create a story that is all at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. Based on James A. Michener’s 1948 semi-autobiographic novel, Tales of the South Pacific, the musical follows two intercultural love stories: Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas who falls in love with Emile, a French plantation owner on the island who acts as a single father to his two children by his late Polynesian wife; at the same time, U.S. Lieutenant Cable falls in love with a beautiful island native named Liat. Both Americans find themselves struggling to reconcile the internal struggle between their own cultural prejudices and their amorous feelings, all the while under the dark cloud of a war that is coming ever closer to their island paradise. Supporting characters, including a comic petty officer and the Tonkinese girl’s mother, help to tie the stories together.
The production will be produced by Adam Twiss, with choreography by Trish Bradshaw and stage/musical direction by ACT! for Youth alumni Caleb Skinner.
Tickets may be purchased through the Etix links above, by visiting the ACW Box Office at the Boykin Center, or by calling the Arts Council at (252) 291-4329.
Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series
The Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series features over FIFTY performing artists coming together for a seven-show summer concert series dedicated to a single goal – raising funds for improvements to the sound system in the historic Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Technological improvements in sound equipment have made a few thousand orbits around the sun since the Boykin Center premiered its basic sound system back in the 1990s. The system has served us well, and over time a few pieces have been updated, but the foundation is now beyond twenty years of service and is definitely in need of a little work! All of the performers have volunteered their time to this worthy project, and we hope YOU will join us as well!
Have you ever wanted to sing with a band that plays beach music? How about bringing your snazziest dance moves to the stage? You can do just that as The Breeze Band takes the stage Saturday, July 28 and shares the spotlight with a host of soloists and dancing couples.
And if big band is more your style, The Starlight Swing Band will be sharing the spotlight with soloists, dancers schooled in the swing band style, and musicians who dream of playing with a big band when they take the stage Saturday, August 18.
Find five people (or businesses) willing to sponsor you at $20 each, and you can either select a song to sing with the band, or select the song you wish to dance to. Each sponsor will receive one ticket to the event for every $20 pledged (and please feel free to find more than five sponsors or collect more than $20 from each one!). This will truly be a unique event, with many talented individuals having the opportunity to live out their performance dreams for a song or two! For more information about sponsorships or performing, contact Rita Bennett at RitaForBoykinSound@gmail.com.
Tickets are $20 per show for the Summer Sounds Concert Series and will be available at the door; they may also be purchased in advance through the ACW box office at the Boykin Center, 108 Nash Street NE, during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.). For more information, please call the Arts Council at 252-291-4329.
One more way you can get involved is through a direct donation to sponsor one or more pieces of needed equipment. The sound improvement project will be rolled out in three phases:
Phase 1: speaker monitors (10 needed @ $350 each) and amplifiers (3 needed @$500 each)
Phase 2: speakers (4 needed @ $700 each) and subwoofers (4 needed @ $800 each)
Phase 3: wireless microphones ($9600) and an updated mixing board ($3500)
To sponsor one or more of the above purchases, please see the Box Office attendant at the Boykin Center during one of the shows, or call the Arts Council at (252) 291-4329.
"It takes a village", as they say - and we are so happy to have you as a member of ours! Thank you for considering this wonderful investment in our community's cultural resources.
Street parking is available on Tarboro, Nash, and Pine Streets. Parking is also allowed in the Farris & Farris Attorneys and Thomas & Farris Attorneys lots off of Tarboro Street and BB&T front lot off of Nash Street or Pine Street. 126 Nash Street parking lot next to the theater is private and for use by Wilson Times employees. Please do not park in this area.
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