Rocky Mount, NC: Watch Free, Weekly Imperial Centre Livestreams of Community Performers

Live from the Imperial Centre 2020. Source: Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
Live from the Imperial Centre 2020. Source: Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences

By Kay Whatley, Editor

Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences is offering free livestreams each Friday evening, starting at 6pm, through Summer and Fall. No tickets needed, just watch live via YouTube.

The 2020 Livestream Series began on May 22, 2020 and dates are scheduled through Friday, December 4, 2020. Watch from home every Friday evening via the Imperial Centre Theatre YouTube channel.

Be entertained by local talent, with new performers each week including singers, musicians, stand-up comedians, poets, dancers, short play presentations, and other acts taking the stage.

Oh, and it gets better! Not only can you enjoy free entertainment Friday nights at 6pm, there will be special events during the Fall. These include the third-annual Local Playwrights Staged Readings, the Samuel Beckett Radio Play Series, and An Imperial Centre Christmas!

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Ready to share your talent?

Community performers interested in being a part of the Friday livestream are invited to volunteer. Contact Brooke Edwards via email to be considered. Performers will need to report at 4pm for rehearsals before going live at 6pm. Because all events are livestreamed via YouTube, and stored for later viewing, viewers may watch from around the world, live and in the future!

Imperial Center is also seeking local playwrights to submit plays, and for actors to sign up for our auditions for the Radio Plays of Beckett.  Auditions are the evening of Thursday, July 30, 2020 — by appointment only. To sign up for an audition time (5pm or after), call 252.972.1156 or email email Brooke Edwards.

Beckett Radio Plays are being produced by special arrangement with the George Borchardt Agency and the Samuel Beckett Estate. Said Brooke Edwards, Artistic and Managing Director at Imperial Centre:  “I was able to procure the rights, for no fee, through my connections with the Samuel Beckett Society, Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College Dublin, and the Estate itself. Permission is rarely granted to produce them so we feel very honored we can share them with our community.”

Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences offers theater space, children’s museum, and more in its facility at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Facilities are closed for safety due to coronavirus, and currently focusing on their online productions.

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