Everything from musical productions to original Americana to holiday tunes is included in this year’s Performing Arts Series at the Paramount Theatre.
This will be the 12th year of the series.
“We started when we reopened the facility in 2008,” said Paramount service coordinator Stephanie Slusser. “Before the facility burned down in 2005, it was strictly just a venue. I was just local groups that would use the facility.
“But when we reopened, we wanted to bring more professional, nationally-recognized artists to our venue. I think that people know they can go to Raleigh or Wilmington and see some of that really great, high-quality level performance. But we wanted to bring that to our community as well.”
Slusser said having these kinds of performances makes it easier for Wayne County people. They don’t have to drive out of town and get a hotel room for the night. They have access to performances right here.
Paramount director Adam Twiss said this year’s series is a “fantastic, diverse season. Performing arts are generally considered music, theater and dance, and we’ve got some of all of that for the season.”
Twiss said the Paramount wants to be inclusive of all areas of performing arts, and also be inclusive of styles that are diverse and that reflect the diverse community here.
“So we bring in professional dance, professional music that is evocative of styles that may be something new to some of our community and something that is desired by other parts of our community,” he said.
Twiss praised the local community organizations that use the Paramount, but said the performing arts series is different. It exposes the community to professional level work that young people seeking careers in the performing arts can strive for.
“The city is different and the Paramount’s position in the city is different than when it reopened 12 years ago,” he said. “I think we need to recognize that as we move forward. I think we’ll remain a leader in cultural arts and cultural enrichment. But how do we fit into the new kind of stunning downtown fabric here? Part of that is to continue that development of the performing arts and draw people into this newly-cultivated and lovely cosmopolitan downtown here.”
Slusser said with the performing arts series, there are usually a couple of groups that people here probably haven’t heard of, but that are still very high-quality performing artists.
“The new also bring in some that come every year and are very popular,” she said. “We kind of mix it up a little bit.”
This year’s performing arts series lineup is:
• “Angelina Ballerina the Musical” Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. It’s based on the animated series “Angelina Ballerina the Next Steps” and features Angelina and her friends performing a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, modern, ballet and even an Irish jig, to show off their skills to a special visitor.
• Dailey and Vincent Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. These Grand Ole Opry stars and multi-award winners have a sound that is a concoction of traditional country, gospel and bluegrass blended together by the vocal blends of Dailey’s tenor and Vincent’s reedy harmonies.
• North Carolina Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. A Goldsboro tradition, the concert follows Downtown Lights Up, and will feature many Christmas favorites.
• The Malpass Brothers Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Goldsboro’s own Malpass Brothers, Christopher and Taylor, will perform the music of classic country artists.
• BalletX Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary dance company challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique.
• Violet Bell Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez will bring their original Americana, woven form threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic and classic music to the stage. Based out of Durham, the pair has played shows from Montreal to Miami since forming in 2016.
• Sons of Mystro March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The South Florida brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations. They were mentored by Black Violin.
Full series packages and three-show packages are available at a discounted rate. Single tickets are also on sale.
In addition to the performing arts series, Paramount Movie Nights are back. There are seven in this year’s series.
“A movie is just a fun time and a chance for people to maybe bring their kids or grandkids to movies that they saw on the big screen when they were a child,” Slusser said. “The size of the screen is impressive. And I think sitting in a room full of people watching the same movie creates a sense of community, which I think is a pretty unique experience.”
During movie nights, popcorn, candy and soda will be for sale and can be taken into the movie.
This year’s movies are:
• “Angels in the Outfield” Sept. 29. Foster child Roger loves the Anaheim Angels, although the team is the worst in the major leagues. Roger asks for some divine help and an angel named Al shows up and helps the team to a winning streak.
• “Steel Magnolias” Oct. 8. Six southern women encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process.
• “Haunted Mansion” Oct. 29. Workaholic real estate agent. Jim Evers is accused by his wife of neglecting his son and daughter, so he takes the family on a vacation, stopping along the way at a sinister mansion that Jim has been asked to sell, only to discover it’s haunted by Master Gracey, his stern butler and two other servants who need some help breaking a curse.
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 18. George Bailey has so many problems that he is thinking about ending it all at Christmas. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel Clarence, who then shows George what his town would have been like if it hadn’t been for all of George’s good deeds.
• “Space Jam” Jan. 28. Swackhammer, an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. His gang the Nerdlucks head to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, but Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate, but the aliens steel the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, so Bugs gets some help from Michael Jordan.
• “James and the Giant Peach” Feb. 16. The film follows the adventures of James, an orphaned young British boy, who is forced to live with his cruel aunts, but finds a way out of his bleak existence when he discovers a giant enchanted peach, accompanied by a crew of friendly talking insects, and he sets sail for New York City.
• “Jumanji” May 17. A magical board games unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd. While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a jungle-themed games in the attic and start play. If they win, they can free Alan Parrish, who’s been stuck in the game’s inner world for decades, but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and stampeding rhinos.
Tickets for the movies are $5 each and free for children 12 and younger accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets for both the performing arts series and movie nights are available at the Paramount box office, by calling 919-583-8432 or online at www.goldsboroparamount.com.