||January 28. The Golden Gates and Moscow Nights.
(Special Event) Created in 1993,"The Golden Gates" have taken part in
cultural and folk festivals throughout Russia and Europe. The performers, ages 5 to 16,
are consistently recognized as one of the most talented and exceptional presenters of
Russian folk culture. They are accompanied by “The Moscow Nights”, professional musicians
from St. Petersburg who are outstanding folk artists in their own right. The program
includes songs, rituals, folk stories and dance that has been carefully researched and
recreated in performance. Two school day matinees and evening performance on January 28
only. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Halifax County Arts Council.
||January 29 only. Gala Art Auction Fundraiser.
(Special Event) Do you have a bare wall that needs to be covered? Over 400 pieces of
art from internationally known artists will be auctioned off on a gala night of fun and
excitement that benefits the programs of the Lakeland Arts Center. Be sure to attend and
get a great piece of art at a great price!
||February 5 only. The L.O.V.E. Awards. (Special Event) Give
yourself an early Valentine’s Day present and get “dressed up” for our annual awards show.
With highlights from the past year and a preview of this year’s first show, the L.O.V.E.
Awards honors all those who have contributed to the success of Lakeland over the past 12
months. It’s a great evening, modeled after the “Oscars”, and it’s a wonderful way to say
“thank you” to those who have given so much over the past year to entertain you. Presented
by an anonymous sponsor.
|| February 11*, 12, 13**, 17*, 18, 19, 24*. Charlotte’s Web.
(Play) This dramatic adaptation of “the best American children’s book of the past two
hundred years” (Children’s Literature Association) was created by Joseph Robinette with
the advice of author E. B. White. It’s the story of Wilbur, a young pig who would like
to grow older, and his friends in the barnyard, animal and human, who help save him from
becoming breakfast ham. This play is about friendship and teaches us all wonderful lessons.
|| March 18, 19, 20**, April 1, 2. Who’s Under Where?
(Play) Aspiring fashion designers Jane and Sybil are on the verge of the deal of
their lives. They have rented a hotel suite for a very private showing of their
“Passion Fashion Wear” lingerie with famous Italian designer Bruno Fruferelli attending.
They have anticipated everything – except the arrival of their jealous husbands who
have jumped to the wrong conclusions! Combine suspicious spouses, stolen underwear,
mistaken identities with a crazy Italian designer, models and a lecherous security guard,
and you have the recipe for a side-splitting farce in the best comic tradition.
(Rated PG-13 by Lakeland for adult situations and language)
|| April 29, 30, May 1**, 6, 7, 13, 14. Showboat. (Musical)
The Los Angeles Times called it “a jewel of the American theater.” The Houston Chronicle
called it “a masterpiece…a great and richly entertaining musical.” One of the best musicals
ever written, Showboat spans the years between 1880 and 1927, telling the stories
of three generations of show folk and their life-long friends on the Mississippi River,
in Chicago and on Broadway. You’ll be entranced by songs like “Make Believe”, “Can’t Help
Lovin’ Dat Man”, and the classic “Ol Man River”, done in grand Lakeland style!
||May 21 only. The Lakeland Singers Spring Concert. (Concert)
Join us for a timely and tuneful musical tribute to life and the springtime as only the
Lakeland Singers can do it!
||June 4 only. Julie’s Taps & Tutus Spring Recital.
(Special Event) Established in 1995, Julie Harris Mason and her students are now a
tradition with Lakeland audiences and the entire community. Join her and her students
as they show off their skills!
|| July 15, 16, 22, 23, 24**, 29, 30. 1776.
(Musical) This blockbuster musical, twice a hit on Broadway, is the story of
our drive toward independence from Great Britain in the fateful days of June and
July so long ago. With main characters John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and
Benjamin Franklin, this witty, powerful, funny and profound show will leave you
standing and cheering for more! Presented by Halifax Electrical Membership
||September 10 only. Comedy Night. (Special Event)
Lakeland actors take to the stage and improvise in a night of frivolity! If Whose
Line Is It Anyway is one of your favorite shows, you won’t want to miss this
|| October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16**, 19*, 21, 22, 23** and 26*.
Annie. (Musical) Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine
takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie is a spunky
Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years
ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. Follow her adventures as she
befriends President Roosevelt, foils the evil Miss Hannigan and her cohorts, and
finds a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks and a loveable mutt named
Sandy. Don’t wait until “Tomorrow” to get your reservations in for this wildly
||October 29 only. Halloween Party!!!!
(Special Event) Put on your best – or worst! – costume and
join us for fun, food, dancing, and a great party on the Saturday
before the kids have all the fun on Halloween. Watch out for
spooky ghosts, goblins and general silliness as Lakeland gets
decorated to the hilt for this informal party! Rent a costume from
our wardrobe and have a scary good time!
|| November 11, 12, 13**, 18, 19. California Suite.
(Play) Legendary playwright Neil Simon at his best! Four stories from the same point
of view, set in the same hotel room over the course of a few days. Be prepared to
laugh long and hard at these “visitors”: if you loved The Odd Couple, you’re
going to laugh yourself into fits!
|| December 1*, 2, 3, 8*, 9, 10, 11**, 16, 17. The Best Christmas
Pageant Ever. (Play) Oh no! The most horrible family in the world has been cast
in the annual Christmas pageant! This funny – and ultimately touching – show is about
family, acceptance, and the joy of Christmas, with a very funny slant that you'll never
forget! This extremely popular Lakeland revival sells out fast, so make your reservations
||December 13 only. The Lakeland Singers Christmas
Concert. (Concert) The Lakeland Singers ring in the holidays with
a blend of traditional and modern Christmas favorites. Be sure to put a song
in your heart for the holidays with this final event of the Lakeland season!
||December 15 only. Julie’s Taps & Tutus Christmas
Recital. (Special Event). There is always dancing, singing, and a generous
dose of holiday humor when Julie’s students “strut their stuff” on the Lakeland stage.
Great costumes, great music, and guest soloists make this a community event not to
be missed. Share in the joy of accomplishment with Julie and her students of all ages!
* = School day matinees (Different shows scheduled at different times)
** = Sunday matinee