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Boykin Series XVIII
Tickets $45 / $40
Don't miss your chance to see this legendary rocker LIVE in the Boykin Center. Our theater only holds 625, so this is your
opportunity to see Eddie Money
up close! Tickets are going fast!
Boykin Series XVIII
Don't miss a single show! We have a thrilling lineup of artists this year! 80's rocker Eddie Money, Country star B.J. Thomas, Robin & Linda Williams are a few of the outstanding acts scheduled to grace the Boykin Center Stage.
Individual tickets for the Boykin Professional Series are available by calling 252-291-4329 or you may buy them online.
Bye Bye Birdie
October 17 - 18 at 7:30 p.m.
October 19 at 3 p.m.
October 24 - 25 at 7:30 p.m.
October 26 at 3 p.m.
Tickets $13 / $10
For their first production of the 2014/15 season, ACT for Youth presents the musical comedy, Bye Bye Birdie. This Tony award winning show from a book by Michael Stewart with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse, was set in 1958 and inspired by the popularity of Elvis Presley.
Agent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when the hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar, Conrad Birdie, he brought to stardom is drafted into the Army. Albert's secretary and sweetheart, Rose "Rosie" Alvarez wants Albert to give up show business and become the English teacher he planned to be when they met. She agrees to help him when he promises to break the news to his overbearing possessive mother. They come up with a last-ditch publicity stunt to have Birdie record and perform Albert's new song "One Last Kiss" and give one lucky girl from his fan club a real "last kiss" on The Ed Sullivan Show before he is sent overseas. The lucky girl chosen randomly from Conrad's fan club is fifteen-year-old Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio. Albert and Rose accompany Birdie to Sweet Apple, where Kim and all the teen-aged girls in are estatic to welcome him, but their boyfriends are jealous and their parents are not impressed with his rude and selfish behavior. Albert's mother arrives to break up Albert and Rose's relationship, and hilarity ensues when the broadcast is ruined and Rose decides to leave Albert and stumbles into a den of Shriners and Kim takes off with Birdie.
Audiences will laugh and sing along with songs like "Put On a Happy Face," "Kids" and "A Lot of Livin' To Do," to name a few. Production dates will be October 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and October 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council of Wilson or online at www.wilsonarts.com.
Dan Finch and the Studio Potters
September 11 - November 2, 2014
September 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk with Dan Finch:
September 11, 5 p.m.
The Arts Council of Wilson is once again delighted to have Dan Finch and the Finch Studio Potters exhibit in the Boykin and Cooke Galleries. The Finch Potters include over 60 clay artists and will provide beautiful and imaginative ceramic pieces for show and sale.
Local resident and Master Potter, Dan Finch, has been a ceramic artist and functional potter for nearly forty years. He was educated at East Carolina and Duke Universities, and studied at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. There he was influenced by ceramic artists Cynthia Bringle, Don Reitz, Jane Peiser, Mary Law, Paul Soldner, and Peter Voulkos. His creations can be found in museum collections and private collections throughout the world. Bailey, NC, is the location of his studio, where he provides adult pottery education. His influence has been felt by many pottery students, not only for his knowledge and technical support, but for his generous teaching style which encourages creativity and individuality.
Dan is a man of many interests. He is a world supplier of blueberry plants, a grower of virus-free sweet potatoes and a builder of bluebird nesting boxes. As past Director of the North Carolina Pottery Center and former President of the Village of Yesteryear at the North Carolina State Fair, Dan is actively involved in promoting pottery throughout the state. He continues to expand his knowledge of pottery, the ceramic arts, and pottery methodologies by visiting other clay studios internationally, and hosting fall workshops for visiting artists.