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Washington and Spielberg
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Friday, September 20 &
Saturday, September 21, 2013
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August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
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Through Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
- LGBT Comedy Night
Richmond CenterStage celebrates two years in the River City with a special anniversary gala headlined by Patti Labelle on September 10. The historic Carpenter Theatre underwent a $7 million renovation and expansion to transform into what is now one of the premier performing arts venues on the east coast.
The Rainbow team caught up with executive director Richard Parison to get the scoop on what’s in store this fall.
Why is CenterStage a “must-see” while in Richmond?
Since our Grand Opening two years ago, we have strived to become one of the premier performing arts venues on the East Coast. I think any visitor would tell you that the first thing they notice are our fully renovated arts facilities. Whether it’s the historic Carpenter Theatre or one of our more intimate venues for live theater, the Gottwald Playhouse, Richmonders always tell me how impressed and thankful they are to have a performing arts complex like this in their backyard.
But what really brings visitors are the world-class acts that come to CenterStage. I think we’re a “must-see” not only because of the different venues, but because of the performances we host throughout the year.
How is CenterStage welcoming to the LGBT traveler?
CenterStage welcomes members of every community, including the LGBT community. We pride ourselves on showcasing diverse artists from around the corner and around the world, whether that means hosting Virginia-based arts organizations like Richmond Symphony or Richmond Ballet, a world-renowned traditional music and dance troupe from Brazil, a traveling performance of a Broadway show like Wicked or Avenue Q, family-friendly performances like Sesame Street Live!, nationally recognized comedians, a local student-oriented poetry reading or a living legend like Tony Bennett.
I think the diversity of our programming has made us so successful over the past two years. The LGBT community has been important and passionate part of the Richmond arts community – we value that passion. The arts are nothing if not passionate!
Speaking from behind-the-scenes, what is a little-known fact that might be interesting to a visitor?
I think a lot of people think CenterStage is only a building in the middle of Downtown Richmond. What they don’t realize is how engaged we are throughout the arts community in Central Virginia.
A big part of our mission is to be a catalyst for the arts in Richmond, and we have partnerships with local organizations like Art 180 and First Fridays, as well as our arts education programs with school systems in the area.
We also enjoy collaborating with different arts organizations, even beyond our resident companies. Many people aren’t fully aware of how far that goes on a day-to-day basis. Next season, we will be partnering with the Firehouse Theater Project to co-produce “Dessa Rose,” and this is a great example of how we regularly team up with different arts organizations to help them reach a wider audience.
What makes the venue a great spot to visit this fall?
This fall is going to be very exciting for everyone here at CenterStage. Not only are we celebrating our 2nd birthday in September with a concert featuring Patti LaBelle and a Gala following the performance, but we will be announcing our 2011-2012 season of events very shortly.
Some of these performances include the National Acrobats of China, “Forever Tango” featuring Cheryl Burke from Dancing with the Stars, a monthly comedy performance by local improvisers “West End Comedy,” and a variety of children’s programming as well.
One of the things I’m particularly excited about is our Life is a Cabaret! series which begins in October. This new series features nationally recognized cabaret artists, performing standards from the American Songbook! It’s something we haven’t done before and I think audiences are going to love it. Come to the Cabaret and enjoy wine and song in an intimate setting!
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