Vol. 60: June/July 2018 Newsletter
Program, git yer program...
The hawker's call outside a baseball stadium (or maybe in some of the less stuffy opera houses of the world) always, for me, summons thoughts of how we create the season program for the Hylton Center. As you know, a lot of thought and research and calculation and intuition and conversation goes into the selection of the artists for our various series like Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, American Roots Series, Hylton Center EXTRA!, and other special events. Your collaboration as patrons and audience members is essential, as is the advice of our volunteers on the Executive Board and the curatorial judgment of our professional staff. All of that filters through the crowded brain of the person who ultimately recommends and implements the chosen season.
Since the Hylton Center's opening in 2010, that brain has belonged to Tom Reynolds, who retired from George Mason University in May of this year after an almost twenty-year tenure with us in marketing, audience services, and finally, artistic programming for our two major performance venues, the Hylton Center and the Center for the Arts in Fairfax. These are big shoes (and a big brain) to fill, and I am absolutely thrilled to announce that, after a thorough national search and with the consultation of many members of our community, we have found a superb successor.
Adrienne Bryant will join our team as Programming Manager on July 10. In this role, she will be the primary point of contact for curating the artist series at the Center for the Arts (Great Performances at Mason, Family Series, and other initiatives) and here at the Hylton Performing Arts Center (Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, Matinee Idylls, American Roots Series, and other initiatives). She will be reaching out across the community to develop ideas for program enrichment, and to design experiences that enable the artist series to make the greatest possible impact.
Adrienne comes to us with a deep and varied professional background as an arts manager, most recently as Executive Director of Dance Heginbotham since 2010. She has also served as Assistant Director, Programming and Audience Development for the Quick Center at Fairfield University, was a Fellow in the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute for Arts Management, and Company Manager for the Mark Morris Dance Group. She holds a B.A. in French with concentrations in Dance and Philosophy from Barnard College, Columbia, and an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College of CUNY.
Please join me in welcoming Adrienne to the Hylton Center family. I know you'll enjoy her contributions to our work, and I know she'll enjoy working with you. I've already warned, I mean promised, her that our Hylton Center community is brimming over with great ideas, all of which are welcome and many of which have turned into reality.
Have a wonderful summer. I'll see you at the theater, or the ballpark!
— Executive Director and Dean
From live music to theatrical comedy to the exploration of science through fun every day objects, the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s 2018 Summer Performances for Young Audiences has something for families and kids of all ages! This entertaining series of three lighthearted summer performances includes Brass 5: Why Music?, Single Carrot Theatre’s Rumpled!, and Flow Circus: Science of Awesome. The first performance, Brass 5: Why Music?, specializes in the art of fun, as this witty brass quintet entertains, educates, and explores the important role that music plays in our everyday lives. In July, Single Carrot Theatre enchants with Rumpled!, a delightful play based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin. Using humor and love, the themes of dishonesty and consequences are explored, followed by a post-show opportunity for children to share their thoughts and questions with the actors. Late July closes the summer series with Flow Circus: Science of Awesome when Paul Miller captivates using his unique blend of contagious energy and comedy magic to explore the world of science. With plenty of audience participation, children and adults alike will be left with the urge to pick up and play with the world around them and discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world. With ticket prices just $15 for adults and $5 for children, bring the entire family to all three performances! Learn More
Don’t forget to register for one of the coolest courses in town. Technical Theater Boot Camp returns to the Hylton Center in July with two class offerings: Level I, and the newly added Technical Theater Boot Camp II. Participants experience the opportunity to learn everything from the essential skills of technical production and stage lighting/rigging to the operation of sound equipment and stage crew best practices. And that’s just Technical Theater Boot Camp Level I! Level II builds upon skills learned in Level I. Rick Davis, Dean, Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts shares, "One of the best things about the Tech Boot Camp is the hands-on experience the students get under the watchful eyes of our professional staff. There's nothing like 'learning by doing' when you have an excellent real-world mentor standing by."
The registration deadline for both courses is July 12, 2018. Scholarships available from Performing Arts for Kids (PAK)
The 2018/19 Hylton Presents season is right around the corner. Subscribe today and get access to the best available seats before individual tickets go on sale August 1! Subscribers enjoy many benefits including priority seating, up to 25% off the cost of individual tickets, free ticket exchanges, and advance access to Hylton Center EXTRA! tickets. Let us help you customize a subscription of just three or more performances. Here are some of the world-class performances we’re looking forward to:
- The Capitol Steps, a Washington D.C. favorite whose political satire will have you rolling in the aisles
The critically-hailed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, presenting Beethoven and more
- Holiday classics for all audiences, including Canadian Brass and our own American Festival Pops Orchestra
- Acclaimed radio-style theater company L.A. Theatre Works, presenting Steel Magnolias, the timeless story about the enduring bonds of friendship
- Cirque Mechanics, an inventive company that melds circus artistry with impressive mechanical ingenuity
Secure your seats today and enjoy the exciting arts offerings the 2018/19 Hylton Presents season has in store. Call 703-993-7700 and let us assist you or subscribe online.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit our Buchanan Partners Art Gallery, we invite you to take a leisurely stroll through the current exhibition Vivid Transmissions. On view June 5 - July 21, the sensuous and intricate, sensual and complex works of Lina Alattar and Spencer Dormitzer exist both in conversation between the works and in transmission beyond the gallery walls. Whether in Lina’s existential exploration or Spencer’s broken narratives, color and texture are amplified, chance and intention are investigated, and geometric and organic forms are in communion. Lean in to examine any single work and you’ll quickly find the complexity within each simple detail. Step back and sense the purity, strength, and intensity of the works as they convey human experience and an array of emotions. Buchanan Partners Art Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and two hours before each performance. Learn More
Did you know that groups attending Hylton Presents performances enjoy lower ticket prices; no Group Sales fees; access to the best seats before individual events go on sale August 1; personal assistance with planning their group’s experience, and more? Plus, student groups of 10 or more are eligible for $15 tickets to select Hylton Presents performances when accompanied by an adult. Contact our Group Sales office at 703-993-7758 or visit HyltonCenter.org for details.
The Hylton Center is excited to kick off the 2018/19 season, and looks forward to seeing both new and seasoned Friends at upcoming performances and events! If you haven’t yet considered volunteering as a Friend of the Hylton Center, there are plenty of opportunities to do so this year.
What do Friends Volunteers do?
- Staff the Friends Information Table at Hylton Presents, Hylton Family Series, American Roots Series, and Hylton Center EXTRA! performances
- Welcome Friends to the Hospitality Area at Hylton Presents performances
- Educate attendees about upcoming performances and events
- Represent the Hylton Center at local community fairs and festivals
Friends of the Hylton Center who volunteer at performances receive a complimentary ticket to that specific event. Contact Jacque Connor at 703-993-7150 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Friends volunteer opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!
As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on this past year and the exciting education initiatives that took place at the Hylton Center. Almost 17,000 school students attended dynamic performances that included A Place to Be’s “Behind the Label,” Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Virginia Opera’s “Encore,” Manassas Ballet Theatre productions, and various performances from traveling theatre companies Theatreworks and Chamber Theater. Of the 17,000 students who visited, approximately 14,000 were from Prince William County, Manassas City, or Manassas Park public schools. Of this group, six schools from Prince William County and Manassas Park attended performances at the Hylton Center for the first time. When the 2017/18 school year closes, every Prince William County elementary and middle school will have attended at least one performance at the Hylton Center since 2010, which is music to our ears. Welcoming students from across the region throughout the performance season is a special highlight and we look forward to seeing new and familiar young faces in the coming school year! Hylton Performing Arts Center education initiatives are supported by Performing Arts for Kids (PAK), Apple Federal Credit Union/Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Gilana’s Fund.