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for the arts Feb–Aug 2017 Performances / Events

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Happy New Year! 2017 began with some new changes to our venue. We are thrilled that the two buildings are now connected on the inside and the classrooms in the Arts Annex have new carpeting and tile. More renovations are in store for January 2018, but until then we have a jam-packed year of spectacular theatre performances, live music concerts and other exciting cultural events. Our line-up begins in February with acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley presenting Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. This one-man theatrical production introduces audiences to fellow heroes and heroines including Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement who changed the course of U.S. history. This production and others in our new Arts for All series (which are free and open to the public) are made possible with funding from the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County. Forest Moon Theater (Wake Forest’s Community Theater) will continue their season at the Renaissance Centre with the thought-provoking and powerful drama Agnes of God. Their annual youth production Anne of Green Gables opens in March and they will finish up with The Curious Savage in June. Our live music series, Rockin’ The Forest, picks back up in February with Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. Rolling Stone magazine named Sarah Shook & The Disarmers one of the “10 new Country Artists you need to know”. Be sure to also catch 6 String Drag at the March concert. April will be full of both comedy and soul! The Blackpack’s “All Laughs Matter” comedy show hilariously chips at the walls of racial and social stereotypes. Simultaneously funny and thought provoking, The Blackpack celebrates our differences, one joke at a time. And for our first venture into the realm of R&B, we felt nothing but the best would do! Join us as 2015 Grammy Award Winner, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue offer a unique blend of music and soul that includes blues, rock, jazz and R&B. We look forward to serving this wonderful community in 2017! At the Renaissance Centre for the Arts, there is something for everyone. — Cathy Gouge Centre Manager Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587

Box Office: 919-435-9458 Open Mon-Fri 9 am-12 pm and 1-5 pm Event Hotline: 919-435-9428 Taxes apply to all ticket sales.

calendar of events february


Tired Souls


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Agnes of God


Happy Dan the Magic Man


Neck of the Woods


Agnes of God


State of the Town


Sarah Shook & the Disarmers


Wake Forest Children’s Choir Spring Concert


Scrap Exchange Junk Jams


Happy Dan the Magic Man

june 16-18

The Curious Savage


The Curious Savage


Paperhand Puppet Intervention


Pajama Night with Rags to Riches Theatre

Anne of Green Gables


Neck of the Woods


Rhythm Kids: An Adaptive Drumming Circle



Happy Dan the Magic Man

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

4 10-12

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Anne of Green Gables 6 String Drag

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Blackpack’s “All Laughs Matter” Comedy Show


Destiny Road Film Screening


Happy Dan the Magic Man


2015 Grammy Winner Mike Farris

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Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Malpass Brothers

Tired Souls Feb 4 | 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm ARTS FOR ALL SERIES Mike Wiley will perform Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boy-

cott, a recount of Rosa Parks’ decisive bus ride and the notable black citizens who laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment in history. The performance is geared for ages 8 to adult. SPONSORED BY: United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Free Admission

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Agnes of God Feb 10 Feb 11 Feb 12 Feb 18 Feb 19

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Presented by Forest Moon Theater

7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm

When a newborn child is found dead in a convent, a court psychiatrist must determine whether the nun accused of the crime is mentally fit to stand trial, with the question of the father’s identity hanging in the balance. This play is rated PG13 due to mature content and language. PRESENTED BY: Forest Moon Theater Advance Tickets: $15 adult, $13 student/senior Day Of: $18 adult, $16 student/senior


Happy Dan the Magic Man Feb 15 Mar 15 Apr 19 May 17

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11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am

Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan the Magic Man is in the house! Happy Dan has entertained families for more than 30 years. Children are quickly drawn into his tale of magical fantasy as they perform various feats of magic and more. The laughter never stops as Happy Dan struggles with his misbehaving props and the children fly to his rescue. Tickets: $5 7

A variety performance series featuring emerging local artists

Neck of the Woods Feb 17 | 7:30 pm July 21 | 7:30 pm Neck of the Woods is a variety performance series that features emerging local artists. An evening may consist of several performance arts acts. Each show is different and may include actors, dancers, musicians, comedians, writers and spoken word artists. Come out and enjoy a truly unique and entertaining event and support your local artists! Bar will be open for wine, beer and other refreshment purchases. PRESENTED AND SPONSORED BY: Wake Forest ARTS. Tickets: $5


State of the Town

Address & Dinner

Feb 20 | 6:00 pm All area residents are invited to attend Wake Forest’s annual State of the Town Address & Dinner. The occasion offers Wake Forest citizens the opportunity to reflect on the town’s list of accomplishments during the previous year and learn about its goals in the coming months. SPONSORED BY: Wake Forest Rotary Club and the Town of Wake Forest Tickets: $15; Anyone not interested in eating dinner is welcome to attend the State of the Town Address without purchasing a ticket. Non-ticket buyers should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the conclusion of the dinner portion of the program. The mayor's address is expected to begin between 6:45 and 7 p.m.

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Rockin’ the Forest

Concert Series

Feb 24 | 8:00 pm | Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Mar 24 | 8:00 pm | 6 String Drag Assembling some of the top musical acts in the area, the Rockin’ the Forest music series features an incredible variety of genres, including rock, Americana and power pop. “With Sarah Shook in the mix, hard core country is alive and well, and dangerous as all get out,” writes Grant Britt on the No Depression website. She performs with “a sneer, a bite and no apologies.” The band’s album Sidelong was ranked #2 in the Triangle’s best albums of 2015 by The Independent Weekly.

Tickets: $10 10

Michael Traister

After 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back to remind us a few things about real rock ‘n’ roll. Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today’s 6 String Drag is the sound of kindred souls reunited. “6 String Drag merges the band’s early punk roots with no-frills southern honky tonk in a show that is sure to see your southern pride surge,” describes the Charlotte Viewpoint.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention Mar 4 | 7:00 pm ARTS FOR ALL SERIES For over fifteen years the Paperhand Puppet Intervention has

been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and more. Their unique story style tells myths from around the world and stories that inspire audiences of all ages. SPONSORED BY: United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Free Admission

Rhythm Kids

An Adaptive Drumming Circle

Mar 14 | 5:30 pm The ancient practice of group drumming is now clinically proven to reduce stress, boost the immune system, foster inclusion and promote creativity. It’s also super-fun! Join professional drum circle facilitator Greg Whitt of Drum For Change (www.drumforchange. com) for a session specifically for special families. Instruments provided. No experience necessary. Persons with auditory sensitivity are encouraged to bring hearing protection. INSTRUCTOR: Greg Whitt STAFF CONTACT: Kelly Schurtz,, 919-556-7093 $10 – pre-register at


Anne of Green Gables Mar 10 Mar 11 Mar 12 Mar 17 Mar 18 Mar 19

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Presented by Forest Moon Theater

7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm

A mix-up at the orphanage forever changes the life of a couple who were expecting a boy to help on the farm when an eleven-year-old girl comes to live with them instead. PRESENTED BY: Forest Moon Theater Advance Tickets: $15 adult, $13 student/senior Day Of: $18 adult, $16 student/senior

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Blackpack’s “All Laughs Matter”

Comedy Show

Apr 1 | 7:30 pm Join us for a night of comedy as all-star headliners Billy D. Washington, Vince Morris, and BT, hilariously chip at the walls of racial and social stereotypes. Simultaneously hilarious and thought provoking, The Blackpack celebrates our differences, one joke at a time. Adding to the fun is a Q&A portion of the show, “Everything you ever wanted to ask a black man but were afraid to ask.” Their motto: Be yourself. Because everybody else is already taken. This show is rated PG due to possible mature content. Tickets: $15 adult/youth, $13 senior


Destiny Road

Special Movie Screening

Apr 7 | 6:30 pm The Renaissance Centre is proud to host a special screening of Wake Forest’s own Uptone Pictures production of Destiny Road. Based on the book Three Lives One Destiny by R.R. Soares, the film follows three people as they journey through the challenges that life throws at them. In the end they learn about forgiveness, redemption and faith. The film was shot in various locations in Raleigh and Wake Forest. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Free appetizers and snacks will be served. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The movie begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10


Mike Farris

The Soul of America Concert

Apr 21 | 7:30 pm For our first venture into the realm of R&B, we felt nothing but the best would do! Join us as 2015 Grammy winner Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Review perform the Soul of America. A true musical renaissance man, Farris’s southern heritage and rich talent allow him to offer a unique blend of music and soul that include blues, rock, jazz and R&B. Songwriter Mary Gauthier states, “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap... He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” For his efforts, Farris also won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year. Tickets: $15 adult/child, $13 senior 15

Wake Forest Children’s Choir

Spring Concert

May 2 | 6:00 pm The Wake Forest Children’s Choir will present an evening of music under the direction of Kasie Ryan Brooks. Free Admission

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Scrap Exchange – Junk Jams May 13 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm ARTS FOR ALL SERIES We be jammin’ with the Scrap

Exchange! Junk Jams is a percussion program that allows everyone to play with sound using a collection of instruments built from buckets, pots, pans, and other fantastic reclaimed materials. The program is designed so anyone can participate – no drumming experience is necessary! SPONSORED BY: United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Free Admission


Movie Night

for those with Special Needs May 19 | 6:30 pm July 28 | 6:30 pm Aug 18 | 6:30 pm This movie night allows children with special needs to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. The event area will have added lighting, and the movie’s volume will be lower. Audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! The rule of the day: FUN without repercussions. Free Admission

Wake Forest’s Community Theater Join Us for Our Fourth Season:


Agnes of God

February 10-19

Anne of Green Gables

March 10-19

The Curious Savage

June 16-25

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The Curious Savage June 16 June 17 June 18 June 23 June 24 June 25

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Presented by Forest Moon Theater

7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm

Greedy children institutionalize their mother in an attempt to get their hands on the family fortune, but Mrs. Savage enjoys the last laugh in this warm comedy about patients in a sanatorium who are more sane than the outside world. PRESENTED BY: Forest Moon Theater Advance Tickets: $15 adult, $13 student/senior Day Of: $18 adult, $16 student/senior 19

Pajama Night

with Rags to Riches Theatre

July 13 | 6:30 pm Join Rags to Riches Theatre for a delightful evening of storytelling. Don't forget to wear your pajamas! SPONSORED BY: United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County Free Admission

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre July 22 | 6:30 pm THE ‘WRITE’ WAY TO COMMIT MURDER Our host, Barnaby Beanblossom, has gathered some of the leading authors from various genres to join us for a literary feast. The imaginative energy surging through this group of wordsmiths is likely to ignite passions and inflame past grudges that could result in an unhappy ending for someone. In the event of a shocking crime, it will be up to you and your table of sleuths to discover who could commit such a dastardly deed. Don’t forget to wear your southern curls and peals and, oh yes…stylish hats!

Tickets: $40 includes three-course dinner and show



Youth Theater Classes The Raleigh Little Theatre offers acting classes and summer camps at the Renaissance Centre for children ages 6-12. No experience necessary! To register, visit and click on the “programs” tab.


Wake Forest Home & Garden Show Aug 12 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Aug 13 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm A variety of exhibits and workshops will be offered both inside and outside the Renaissance Centre featuring the latest in home improvement products and services. Talk with home design and products experts. Learn from local landscapers. Explore the newest ideas in interior design. Enjoy how-to clinics. Free Admission

BLAST OFF Teacher: Margot Hafner

Class Schedules:

Mondays: 11:30 - 12 pm Jan. 9 - March 6 March 20 - May 22

Wednesdays: 1:30 - 2 pm Jan. 11 - March 8 March 22 - May 24 Saturday options available, call for details.


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Chris Charles | Creative Silence

Malpass Brothers Aug 26 | 7:00 pm Steeped in traditional country music, the Malpass Brothers feature a smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship, while performing in the styles of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams Sr. The duo promotes the work and music of classic country artists they treasure, while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage. Advance Tickets: $18 Day Of: $21 22

Free Movies at the Renaissance Centre

First Friday of each

month ~ 7 pm

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th ~ 3 pm

Call the Event Hotline to hear the title of upcoming films


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About the Centre Mission

The Renaissance Centre for the Arts is dedicated to inspiring, engaging and educating the community through a variety of cultural arts programs. Through theatre, concerts, film screenings, workshops and related events, the Renaissance Centre offers enriching art experiences that bridge cultures, generations and disciplines.

Our Story

In response to the community’s increased demand for cultural programming and entertainment, the Town of Wake Forest purchased two properties in downtown Wake Forest for the purpose of developing a cultural arts facility. The Renaissance Centre officially opened in November 2013 with a three-day Celebration of the Arts extravaganza. Located in the heart of Wake Forest’s Renaissance District, the centre contributes to the economic growth and quality of life in our region by encouraging a flourishing arts community.

Versatile Venue Offering 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the Renaissance Centre can be configured to accommodate a variety of rental needs. Amenities include convenient parking, box office/reception area, Grand Hall with 4,700 feet of expo or gathering space, bar and staging area for caterers, LCD projector with automated screens and monitors, and free wireless internet. Also available is a 535 square foot stage and dressing rooms. Smaller breakout rooms are available in the Arts Annex next door.

Support the Centre

The Renaissance Centre is appreciative of the generous support of the community. With your tax deductible donation, the centre can continue to provide high quality arts programs and become the region’s premier cultural arts and event venue. We are committed to making our programs affordable and accessible to all people.

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Purchase Tickets Online: Visit to order advance tickets. A convenience fee applies for online ticket orders. In person: Purchase advance tickets at the Renaissance Centre box office. Day of: Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event if seating is available. Taxes apply to all ticket sales.

405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest, NC 27587 Arts Annex: 407 S. Brooks St. Box Office 919-435-9458, open Mon-Fri, 9 am-12 pm and 1-5 pm Event Hotline 919-435-9428 The Renaissance Centre is owned and operated by the Town of Wake Forest Cathy Gouge, Centre Manager Debra Horton, Centre Specialist Mandy Holtman, Administrative Assistant


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Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Program Guide: Feb-Aug 2017  

A guide to performances and events at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts

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