LOUISBURG, N.C.—The JPAC at Louisburg College will host not one, but two special Christmas programs this holiday season: a Christmas concert in Dickson Auditorium with The Embers on December 7, and a community theatre production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in the Norris Theatre the following weekend.
Christmas With The Embers, December 7 (Dickson Auditorium)
On Saturday, December 7th at 7:30pm, beach music masters The Embers will be performing their one-of a-kind Christmas show at Louisburg College. Few bands today are considered a musical institution, but The Embers have been leaving their finely tuned mark on listeners for decades.
The annual Christmas tree lighting will preceed the show at 7 p.m. in the Holt Lobby of the JPAC. Holiday refreshments will be served during intermission.
This concert event will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center (JPAC). Tickets are available by calling the Louisburg College Box Office at (919) 497-3300 or toll-free at 1 (866) 773-6354.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of show; the Box Office is located in the JPAC at the left front entrance of the Holt Lobby. It is open 1-5pm, Monday through Friday, and 6pm the evening of each performance. Additional information and tickets are also available online at www.JPACarts.com/embers.
All performances over the entire season will take place at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6:45pm. Children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to all performances. The JPAC offers a special discount rate for groups of 20 or more.
Additional support for the Allen de Hart Concert Series comes from the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, December 12-15 (Norris Theatre)
Community theatre returns to the Norris Theatre at Louisburg College with a new production of the holiday classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. The play is directed by Norris Theatre Director Wally Hurst, and stars members of the local community.
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—the “most inventively awful kids in history.” This family-friendly comedy, adapted from the best-selling book and the only story ever to run twice in McCall’s magazine, is an American classic considered one of the best and funniest Christmas stories ever written.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens with two school-day matinees on Thursday, December 12, with shows at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. It continues with shows on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. Tickets for the two school-day matinees on Thursday, December 12 are $5.00 for all attendees. For more information and reservations, call the Louisburg College Box Office at (919) 497-3300.
Additional support for the show comes from the Franklin County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.
About the JPAC
The Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center is the home of Louisburg College’s annual Allen de Hart Concert series, the 1,200-seat Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium, Norris Theatre, Faulkner Gallery (the College’s permanent art collection), and Lumpkin Community Gallery (site of the College’s Traveling Exhibition Series). Learn more at www.JPACarts.com.
About Louisburg College
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is the oldest two-year residential college in the nation, and the only one in North Carolina. With a student body of 700 students, over 90 percent of Louisburg graduates continue their education at four-year schools. Learn more at www.louisburg.edu.