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The Gallery Theatre was founded in 1966 and is housed in the historic New Richard Theatre, circa 1927, at 117 West Main St., Ahoskie, NC. The Gallery Theatre, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational, cultural, and recreational benefits for the public by the “preservation, maintenance, and the administration of the historic Richard Theatre…as a center of live theatrical performance for the Roanoke-Chowan area and as a center for arts and cultural advancement for all persons”, has a rich history of advancing the cultural arts through the dedication of local board members, volunteers and local performing talent. While we are not a professional theatre group, we always strive for professional ideals and the pursuit of excellence in all our productions.
The Gallery Theatre produces three productions, special educational projects for local school districts, the Summer Youth Theatre Workshop and special events during the year. This year we produced A Gallery Christmas. Styled in the tradition of our favorite variety shows of years gone by, A Gallery Christmas features many of the Christmas songs we love to hear staged in creative scenes that inspire us with the spirit of the season. Director Tommy Hurdle and music director Bobby Hoggard restaged this popular recurring production with a larger cast and scenic designer Jill Gadsden’s new setting provided the atmosphere for this special holiday treat as the cast of Gallery “stars” weaved their way through twenty-seven songs and scenes ranging from traditional, to popular seasonal hits, to gospel arrangements of Christmas classics. From the Mississippi Delta featured the talents of Shanice Lawton from Chowan University, Rocquina Vaughn from Ahoskie and Jill Gadsden from Winton. The cast of three women played multiple roles: young/old, male/female, and black/white in eleven scenes spanning the period from the early 1940s to the mid 1980s. Gospel music was the vehicle employed that connected forty-some years of Ida Mae Holland and her rise from obscurity in poverty, her willingness to dream big, and her passion to “be somebody”. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown finished our season in May with a show that is light-hearted, but also has some powerful underlying messages about love, happiness and standing up in the face of adversity” says executive director Ralph Hewitt.
The Gallery Theatre will produce a very special event of gospel music entitled United Voices in Faith June 26 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Curtis Joyner & 5:16 from Wilson, NC, the New Pearly Gates from New Port News, VA and other local gospel artists to be announced very soon. The United Voices in Faith concert will also feature nominated male vocalist of the year gospel recording artist Johnny Ruffin of Thomas Walker and Totally Committed. Ticket prices for United Voices in Faith are Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $10 and Students $8. Group rate discounts are available by calling the Gallery Theatre at 252-332-2976. For current information about the United Voices in Faith gospel event, please visit us on the web at www.gallerytheatre.org