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May and June 2017 Performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, featuring: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live; Mariachi Los Camperos; New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players; and more!

March 6, 2017
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-9808)

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(MANASSAS)—The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced today its schedule of performances for May and June 2017 as part of Hylton Presents and Hylton Family Series, as well as events presented by Resident Arts Partners and other community organizations. All of these events are currently listed and on sale (where appropriate) at HyltonCenter.org.

The month’s Hylton Presents programming begins on May 4 with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in a performance of H.M.S. Pinafore, the hilarious story of love on the high seas in which a captain’s daughter falls for an ordinary sailor against her father’s wishes. Mariachi Los Camperos follows on May 6, showcasing their authentic Mexican music and energetic performance style in commemoration of the “Cinco de Mayo” holiday. On May 14, audiences can journey back to prehistoric times in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience with life-like dinosaurs—Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live. This production brings a thrilling and educational perspective to theater as Erth shares her knowledge from working with professional paleontologists. The calendar also includes lectures and fine arts events by Resident Arts Partners, Affiliate Arts Organizations, and student ensembles from George Mason University.

A full schedule of May and June 2017 performances is below. Unless otherwise noted, performances will take place in Merchant Hall at the Hylton Performing Arts Center located at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Hylton Performing Arts Center Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Hylton Performing Arts Center website HyltonCenter.org.

Hylton Presents and Family Series Performances


Hylton Presents
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
H.M.S. Pinafore
Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m.

Images: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: H.M.S. Pinafore 

Sail the shining waters as the H.M.S. Pinafore embarks on a journey of humor and mischief in Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous comic operetta about finding love on the high seas. The levity of musical theater meets the extravagance of opera in a satirical musical production that lovingly pokes fun at rigid Victorian class distinctions. Romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance across this fanciful British naval vessel. Love finds its way aboard as the captain’s daughter falls for an ordinary sailor, despite her father’s plan for a more refined suitor. First performed in London in 1878, this classic has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 130 years. The playful score includes many popular tunes such as “I’m called Little Buttercup,” “I am the Monarch of the Sea,” “We Sail the Ocean Blue,” and the rousing full ensemble anthem “For He Is an Englishman.”

Hailed by New York Magazine as “the leading custodian of the [Gilbert & Sullivan] classics,” the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players brings energetic singing, live orchestration, dynamic choreography, and an elaborate set based on Gilbert's own drawings. Join us for hijinks on the high seas in the grand style of Gilbert & Sullivan! 

Pre-Performance Discussion with a Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets: $56, $48, $34

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID beginning on April 25, 2017

Hylton Presents
Mariachi Los Camperos
Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m.

Images: Mariachi Los Camperos 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Hylton Center with genuine Mexican folk music performed by the world’s leading mariachi band, Mariachi Los Camperos. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble showcases its upbeat and joyful folk art style with brilliant brass and distinctive rhythms to commemorate their national holiday. The band has serenaded adoring audiences around the world since its founding in 1960 by the legendary Natividad “Nati” Cano, who brought mariachi out of the cantinas and into the concert hall. This group of the best mariachi musicians from the U.S. and Mexico continues his legacy, leading in the performance and preservation of this traditional music, while also working to expand the repertoire. Travel south of the border for this perfect Cinco de Mayo concert!

Pre-Performance Discussion with a Member of the Company begins 45 minutes before the performance.

Tickets: $50, $43, $30

2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID beginning on April 25, 2017


Hylton Family Series
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live
Sunday, May 14 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Images: Eth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Journey back to prehistoric times as dinosaurs invade the Hylton Center, bringing audiences face-to-face with these prehistoric creatures! This one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is so realistic that you’ll want to take cover—but fear not. These friendly dinosaurs are actually intricately detailed, life-like puppets skillfully handled by expert puppeteers. Based in Sydney, Erth worked with professional paleontologists to create an educational and eye-popping experience that will fascinate audiences of all ages. This thrilling and enlightening event—only 65 million years in the making—is the perfect play date!

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

Other Events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center 

Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
Lecture: Youth Orchestras of Prince William: Meet the Future Stars
Instructor: Melvin Goodwyn
Tuesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. 

In this presentation, we will learn the history of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW) and how it provides a stepping stone to a life of classical music for many of the youth of our community. The speaker will also introduce us to the program that YOPW will perform on May 7 at 3 p.m. YOPW’s season closes on a fragrant note with a performance featuring all of its performing ensembles, from youngest to oldest. This celebration of the legacy and impact that YOPW has had on the region will thrill us with selections from the romantic era. Enjoy an afternoon of youthful exuberance and exquisite music.

This event is free and open to the public.

Galileo’s Science Café

Nanotechnology: A New Approach to Conquering Lyme Disease
Speaker: Dr. Alessandra Luchini
Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Dr. Alessandra Luchini presents Nanotechnology: A New Approach to Conquering Lyme Disease. Hear about the latest findings surrounding hot topics in science and medicine that affect our everyday lives and the decisions that we make! Bring your family and friends for a free, casual, interactive science discussion. Learn from the experts and speak with them personally. 

This event is free. Please RSVP.

Virginia National Ballet
Snow White
Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

Virginia National Ballet presents Snow White! This enchanting production of the famous fairy tale features beautiful dancers, scenery and costumes, and is the perfect ballet for children and families. One performance only!

Tickets: $35 adult, $17 children 12 and under

Youth Orchestras of Prince William
Let it Bloom!
Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. 

YOPW's season closes on a fragrant note with a performance featuring all of its performing ensembles, from youngest to oldest. This celebration of the legacy and impact that YOPW has had on the region will thrill with selections from the romantic era. Enjoy an afternoon of youthful exuberance and exquisite musicianship by these dynamic young musicians.

Tickets: $20 adults, $12 seniors, students, and active and retired military, free to youth (18 years and younger)

Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
Lecture: Transportation in Prince William County
Speaker Rick Canizales
Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

Rick Canizales will discuss the Prince William County Department of Transportation and its mission “to consistently improve the transportation network and meet the needs of our growing community.” His responsibilities as its new director involve coordination of the funding, planning, engineering, and construction of transportation projects. Some aspects of his job include review of development plans, oversight of traffic/safety engineering, and representation of Prince William County on numerous local, regional, and state transportation committees. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Northern Virginia Ballet
Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

NVB presents its version of this enchanting ballet. Supported by Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, exquisite costuming, spectacular Russian sets, and the award-winning performers of the Northern Virginia Ballet and the Academy of Russian Ballet, this performance is a pleasure for all ages.

 Tickets: $28 adults, $18 seniors 55+ and children under 17

Manassas Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Exuberance
Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. 

The MSO is joined by a combined chorus of students from multiple Prince William County high schools, under the direction of Dominick Izzo, for Dan Forrest's joyful masterpiece, “Requiem for the Living.”

Tickets: $20 adults, $16 seniors, free for children under 17

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Manassas Ballet Theatre
Romeo and Juliet
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m.

The world's most famous love story is brought to life by an international company cast, with the MBT Orchestra performing Prokofiev's stunning score. 

Tickets: $65, $55, $45, $35, $25

Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra
Rhapsody in Blue
Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra presents American Symphonic Masterpieces
Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra’s tribute to American music! From Aaron Copland’s famous “Hoe-down” fromRodeo to the stirring chords of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, young and old alike will delight in Prince William County’s premier chamber ensemble. Copland’s reflective Quiet City and iconic Lincoln Portrait round out the program, which will be concluded with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring virtuoso pianist Donna Baldwin. 

Tickets: $20 adults; free to youth 17 and under

Manassas Chorale
Earth, Sea and Sky
Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

From Broadway, pops, and folk to classic melodies, come explore the planet with us! From the moon and stars to under the sea, enjoy a geographical journey with the Chorale, its orchestra, and the Greater Manassas Children's Choir. 

Tickets: $18, $20, $20

1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

Summer Performances for Young Audiences
Caryn Lin: The Science of Sound
Tuesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

Come hear and “see” what sound is all about! Sound waves become visible in this exciting performance that uses technology to transform sound into a multisensory experience. Caryn Lin uses her five-string electric violin, loop recorder, oscilloscope (a device that displays electronic signals and waveforms), and other special effect tools to create amazing soundscapes. 

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.


For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org


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