The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents Celebrating Veterans and the Arts, an afternoon of free arts activities and experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and the community at large on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The annual celebration culminates with a concert of pop, jazz, and patriotic music by the American Festival Pops All-Stars, which is free to the Veteran and military community. Members of the general public may purchase tickets to this family-friendly performance at hyltoncenter.org.
The free-of-charge portion of this celebration begins at 1 p.m. with Veterans Service Organizations, community groups, and arts organizations displaying their support and offerings for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers in the Didlake Grand Foyer.
Celebrating Veterans and the Arts is made possible by: presenting sponsor Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr., Chairman and Founder; Dominion Energy; the City of Manassas; the Virginia Commission for the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
A hilarious backstage comedy, this play pokes fun at the classic novel and everything that can
go wrong with a theatrical production. The Royal Shakespeare Company hasn’t arrived as
promised to perform their stirring rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” so Prince William Little
Theatre’s intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians must put together their own
production in only seven hours!
What a pity they are not quite up to the task, even though they give it their all. This
entertaining play focuses on the poor but dedicated thespians doing their best while chaos
ensues around them. From kids fighting over who gets to play Tiny Tim, a confused actor who
thinks she’s in another show, and a haughty lead actor to an actor playing both Bob and Mrs.
Cratchit and an out of control director, the thrown-together props and costumes, ridiculous
scenery, and tons of flubs and confusion make for an uproarious performance that will have
audiences in stitches. Presented with permission from Heuer Publishing.
Tickets: $20 adults, $17 seniors, students, and military, $13 children under 12 years
The magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince comes to life with the help of an ensemble
cast and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Known for its exquisite costumes,
choreography, and scenery, MBT’s production of The Nutcracker has become Northern
Virginia’s go-to family holiday tradition.
Tickets: $75, $65, $55, $45, $35
Travel the globe with the Chorale as it sings carols and songs of the season from many
countries. You’ll hear personal favorites, as well as new melodies. Let the Chorale, accompanied
by a twenty-piece orchestra, take you on a “world tour” in only two hours.
Tickets: $20, $18
Free to Mason students and children (18 years and younger)
Join Angela and friends as they bring you Christmas scenes and songs from the silver screen,
including “Rudolph,” “Home Alone,” and “The Grinch.” You’ll hear holiday favorites
accompanied by dancing, beautiful costumes, and hilarious antics. Don’t miss this annual
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, military, and students
Students from Osbourn Park (OP), Patriot, and Brentsville District High Schools join forces once
more under the direction of OP choir director Dominick Izzo for their annual Messiah Sing-ALong.
The show features an all-student choir and orchestra with professional soloists. Handel’s timeless work resonates through Merchant Hall in an evening of joyous music. Sing-along with Manassas-area music students by bringing a score, or just come and listen!
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students
Fifty years have gone by since much of the Vietnam War took place. What questions are we still
asking? What has changed about the way we view the lessons learned? What kind of research
is now taking place? The class will consider these issues and more. To facilitate discussion,
students are encouraged to view the Ken Burns ten-part PBS series on Vietnam, which will
begin in September. The class will also consider Mark Bowden’s new and widely read book, Hue
1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.
Sheri David has taught American Policy in Vietnam at Northern Virginia Community College for
almost 30 years. She holds a doctorate in American history, is a Fulbright Scholar, an author of
one book, several articles and papers, and has participated in a Faculty Seminar in Vietnam and
Cambodia. She has recently retired to focus on her grandsons, travel, and research on the last
days of Americans in Vietnam.
This event is free and open to the public
Ephemeral Treasures features work exploring the precious and evanescent magical nature of dreams, visions, fairy tales, desires, hopes, and elusive longing through the collage and assemblage works of Zofie Lang and Mojdeh Rezaeipour. Through delicate collages featuring encaustic details incorporating foraged materials, Mojdeh Rezaeipour’s work evokes tender and forceful imagery asking the viewer to reflect upon the mesmerizing everyday encounters that connect our inner and outer worlds. Zofie Lang’s elaborate and intricate assemblages delve deeply into our subconscious to reveal themselves as magical vessels of transformative imagination, prompting the viewer to contemplate the tender and forceful imagery and become lost in a world of dreamlike wonderment and curiosity. Often working with wood and photography, both artists create new realms filled with story and introspection through a fierce accumulative culmination of purposefully found and mindfully reconstructed elements. More information about the artists can be found on their individual websites.
Evening receptions for Friends of the Hylton Center are held for the opening of each Gallery
exhibition. Receptions feature hors d’oeuvres, wine or craft beer from a local winery or
brewery, and a chance to meet each artist and hear about their work. Fall Gallery receptions
will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on September 28, November 9, and December 6, 2017.
Gallery Sponsor: Buchanan Partners
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