ACT! for Youth staging shows

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Due to state and local mandates that have been in place since March, Wilson Arts has been unable to host audiences in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center and has had to be very creative in seeking ways to keep its performing arts kids learning and engaged.

With that in mind, following is an update on currently planned events for November, subject to change as more information on public social distancing requirements unfolds. Check the Wilson Arts website at www.wilsonarts.com to get the most up-to-date information on all of their events.

If you would like to become a sponsor for the ACT! for Youth program, please reach out to Cathy Hardison, Arts Council of Wilson executive director, at cathy@wilsonarts.com.


This production, which was originally scheduled to be performed in April, has gone through several postponements because of state-mandated social distancing phasing. At presstime, the plan was to hold performances on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov, 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Since only 25 audience members will be allowed per performance, family and friends of cast and crew will be given the opportunity to secure tickets first; if there are any remaining seats available, they will be open for public purchase starting Nov. 4 on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the Wilson Arts website at www.wilsonarts.com/actforyouth/ as the date of the event approaches for the most current information.


At presstime, the show was scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.

Wilson Arts and ACT! for Youth will be presenting an original take on an age-old story.

Based on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, “The Emperor and the Nightingale” is a whimsical musical adaptation that takes the audience to the land of China, where the Emperor has heard about a magnificent bird — a little nightingale with a beautiful voice.

The Emperor sends his minister to find it and bring it to him, and the nightingale’s voice enchants and amazes him so much that he decides to keep her. But when he receives an extravagant mechanical nightingale as a gift from the Emperor of Japan, he rejects the real nightingale and she flees back to her forest.

The mechanical bird proves to be a poor substitute; however, and upon his death bed, the Emperor longs to hear from his real nightingale one last time.

Each of the three performances will be livestreamed so that they may be enjoyed by the entire community.

Check www.wilsonarts.com/actforyouth/ for the most current information on how to purchase a ticket.