Vol. 59: May 2018 Newsletter
As I write this, the thermometer has just scaled the almost-forgotten heights of eighty degrees. Confused and reluctant flora have finally decided to commit to the idea of spring. The Nationals have just rediscovered their batting prowess. And the Hylton Center’s 2018-19 season is experiencing the best early campaign in our history, with subscription sales racing ahead of past performance and current expectations! Things are warming up all over.
So — if you haven’t had a chance to look through the Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, American Roots Series, or Resident Arts Partners seasons yet, I urge you to do so soon, as many of the choicest seats are already spoken for by your friends and neighbors. That’s okay, though, as you may end up sitting right next to them — just another reason to secure your seats to the amazing variety of artistry on display at your local world-class arts center.
We’re bursting with pride and pleasure, too, at the incipient start of construction on the long-awaited Education and Rehearsal Wing. We’ll be posting the “Excuse Our Dust, Mud, and Occasional Disruptions of Familiar Pathways” signs very soon. This 14,000 square foot addition represents a recognition that the Hylton Center has been an enormous success in its first eight years of life, and also an investment in the future of Mason’s Science & Technology campus that the Center helps anchor, and in the region’s capacity to host and create major artistic, cultural, educational, business, and civic events.
And it offers an opportunity for individuals, families, companies, and others to make a permanent, positive impact on the life of this community, and be recognized in perpetuity for that generosity of vision. Contact our Development Director, Eileen Kennedy to discuss the many ways, large and small, that you can help make this Wing take flight.
I do apologize just a little bit for the aviation pun, but things are indeed looking up, and good weather has me gazing skyward too!
— Executive Director and Dean
April Showers bring May flowers, and it’s finally time for warmer weather! This month, enjoy dynamic performances across multiple genres by the Hylton Center’s Resident Arts Partners. These talented groups impress from Youth Orchestras of Prince William’s Flow (5/06) to Manassas Symphony Orchestra’s Russian Silver (5/12) to Manassas Ballet Theatre’s gripping one-act ballet Colin: Son, Marine, Hero: One Life. The Story of Many (5/18-20). Also be sure to make room in your calendar for the Manassas Chorale’s salute to a popular decade in The Amazing Eighties! (6/01).
There’s something for everyone at the Hylton Center, including the following free offerings this month. Visit the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery exhibition CINZA, a showcase of pieces by artist Javier Padilla on view now through June 2, followed by the exhibition Vivid Transmissions starting June 5, featuring works by Lina Alattar and Spencer Dormitzer. The Hylton’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative continues in full force with a special Dominion Energy Veterans Guitar Workshop (5/08) where Level I and Level II workshop participants come together to jam and celebrate the end of the 10-week guitar workshop series. Family and friends are welcome! We also hope you’ll join us for the final Veterans and the Arts Initiative event of the season: Heroes' Voices National Poetry Contest Reading (6/13), an evening of live music and inspiring poetry exploring perspectives on war, peace, and the soldier’s experience. See all May events
The Hylton Center 2018/2019 Season was just announced, and it’s the perfect time to reserve your seats for a brand new season of more world-class performances! From high-intensity martial arts to Russian ballet, you’re sure to find something exciting on one or more of our following series: Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, American Roots Series, and Matinee Idylls.
Hylton Presents highlights include The Capitol Steps (9/22), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (11/17), Canadian Brass (12/16), Steel Magnolias (2/9), and Cirque Mechanics (2/23), while the popular American Roots Series kicks off its second season with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (9/29). Children and parents alike will delight in Hylton Family Series performances from Aga- Boom (9/29) to Olate Dogs (10/14), while the charming lunch-and-a-concert Matinee Idylls series welcomes both new and returning talent including Gourmet Symphony (10/2) and Thomas Pandolfi (4/2).
Subscriptions to the 2018/2019 season are available now! It’s easy to subscribe — simply select a series of your choice, or choose three or more performances from the Hylton Presents series. Subscribers enjoy up to a 25% discount on tickets, priority seating, an exclusive helpline, free ticket exchanges, and many more benefits. We look forward to sharing another thrilling season with you at the Hylton Center! View the 2018/2019 Season | Subscribe Now
The Hylton Center’s 2018 Summer Performances for Young Audiences is ready to help you kick off your carefree summer days with three delightful, family-friendly performances designed for children of all ages! The series begins with the acclaimed brass quintet Brass 5 (6/19) in Why Music, a playful, witty performance about music and the art of fun. In July, Single Carrot Theatre presents Rumpled! (7/17) a delightful play based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, followed by the energetic and engaging Flow Circus in Science of Awesome (7/31). Explore the world of science and skill building toys where things fall, balance, and spin, and mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world are revealed. Don’t miss these engaging summer performances designed for the entire family! Learn More
Did you know that participants who successfully complete the Hylton Center Technical Theater Boot Camp not only earn a certificate of Technical Theater Training, but also qualify for consideration for future Hylton Center select crew assignments? This summer, Technical Theater Boot Camp is offering two program levels: Level I (July 16 – 20) and Level II (July 23 – 27), with Level II building upon skills learned in Level I. These educational one-week training programs, led by our own in-house production staff of experts and guest instructors, offer hands-on training in the essential skills of technical production, stage lighting, carpentry, rigging, and sound equipment operation. The registration deadline for both classes is July 12, 2018. Reserve your spot today while there is still space! Learn More | Register Now
Have you ever noticed the copper plaques on the back of the seats in Merchant Hall? Those plaques represent the nearly 300 generous donors who have shown their support for the Hylton Center in a permanent way — by naming a seat in Merchant Hall — and you can join them! Your Take a Seat gift affirms your support of the arts in our community, as well as your critical role in securing the Hylton Center’s future. Best of all, your Take a Seat contribution will directly benefit the many performances and programs that we offer at the Hylton Center. It will ensure that ticket prices remain accessible; enable a student or a Veteran to attend a performance; and allow the Hylton Center to present the very best in arts and culture!
Seats are $2,500 and can be named for individuals, your business, an association, or in honor/memory of someone special, and will be commemorated with a special gift certificate. Seat contributions are 100% tax-deductible and directly support the performances and programs of the Hylton Center. More Information | Name Your Seat Now