Averitt Center Weekly Newsletter

Dearly Beloved

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Dearly Beloved, a Southern-fried wedding comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed in the Emma Kelly Theater from April 29-May 2nd. This performance is under the direction of the Averitt's own Tony Phillips and features an all-star cast of Averitt regulars. 

The play is about the feuding Futrelle sisters who put the "fun" in dysfunction. The sisters Frankie, Honey Raye, and Twink are planning the "wedding of the century" and causing quite the rumor mill all over Fayro, Texas while doing so. 

The sisters became the center of the rumor mill ever since the breakup of their almost-famous gospel-singing group, The Sermonettes. However, now that they're caught up in another Texas twister of gossip, God, and gunfire, they all desperately attempt to pull off a Gone With the Wind-themed wedding for Frankie's daughter...even though the bride runs away.

Summer Camp Registration is Underway


Monday, May 31 is the opening date for our annual array of Averitt Center Summer Art Camps. During the nine weeks of summer, there are 45 week-long camps for children ranging from three-year old dancers to 18-year old thespians. There is even a “camp” for adults. 

Some of the summer offerings are: Little Swans Dance Camp, Lego Adventure Camp, Ukulele Camp, Clay Academy Camp, Art Around The World Camp, Camp 9 ¾, Where The Wild Things Are Camp, Let’s Get Muddy Camp, All About Color Camp, Little Ones Making Music and many more. For a complete list and descriptions of the camps, please visit our website by clicking the button below. 

Registration is underway for this annual program, sponsored by Synovus, which provides kids from ages 3 to 18 with the opportunity to be creative, have fun, meet new friends and start or continue a life-long love of the arts.

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines and safety concerns, each camp will have a very limitednumber of participants so please don’t delay in signing up. To register, call Tony Phillips at 912-259-9228. Safety protocols such as masks, daily temperature checks, hand sanitizer and social distancing will be strictly observed.

Tuition is $125 for half-day camps ($100 for members) and $175 for full-day camps ($150 for members). But, if you register your child or children one week or more before camps start, there is a $25 Early Bird Discount per camp.

All Fired Up Returns in Late April for Spring Season

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All Fired Up! returns to the 'Boro for the spring season! Our annual spring sale includes ceramics, fine arts, and jewelry. Come out and shop for local one-of-a-kind gifts from local and regional artists.


The All Fired Up! Holiday Sale starts on Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts (31 East Vine Street) and continues until 8 p.m. The sale will also be held Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tony's Little Theater


Tony's Little Theater is the newest little exhibition in the Main Building of the Averitt Center. It is featured near the elevator on the second and third floors and shows off the impressive resume of Tony Phillips' community theater directing since 2005 in the form of collages. His artist statement goes as follows: 


My first experience seeing a live theater performance was when I was a high school Upward Bound student in the mountains of North Carolina. We went on a field trip to see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. 


I throughly enjoyed the show, and still remember the spine-tingling feeling I felt when the gun was fired in the dark. Interesting enough, however, as I sat in the theater, I kept thinking, "Who put this together?" "Who made this play come to life?" along with "Whoever that is, that's the person I'd like to be one day." 


Fast Forward to late in the Summer of 2005 and the southern classic Steel Magnolias, six women, and the Emma Kelly Stage and this dream came true for me. However, that was just the beginning. From there I then directed Grease, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! The list goes on to include favorites Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney's High School Musical, and also White Christmas.


Come on down and see a couple of pieces of community theater history from the Averitt. You might even see yourself in a few pictures! 

New Fitness Classes This Month


We've unveiled two new fitness classes this month: Stretch and De-Stress and Group Fitness Basics. These classes are both held on Tuesdays. Group Fitness Basics is at 6 p.m. and Stretch and De-Stress is at 7 p.m. Read below for more details about each class: 


Stretch and De-Stress is a class built on the basic principle of stress relief. This class includes deep breathing, gentle stretches, refocusing, and energizing movements. All fitness levels are invited to participate. Bring water. 


Group Fitness Basics is all about exploring the world of group activities in fitness. In this class, you will learn the basics of Zumba, try out weights, bender balls, and stretching. All fitness levels are accepted. Bring water. 

Support the Averitt While You Shop


Are you an Amazon shopper and a patron of the Averitt Center? If so, you can support the Averitt Center through Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is subsection of Amazon.com which donates to charitable organizations while you shop. It donates 0.5% of the money you spend on your items to the organization with no extra fees or extra cost. 


All you have to do is click the button below and Amazon will do the rest after you check out. Thank you for your support and happy shopping!