Arts Notes: Feb. 19

February 17, 2014 

“Suessical” is coming to Johnston Community College.


‘Suessical’ at JCC

Theatreworks USA will present “Seussical,” a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium at Johnston Community College, 245 College Road, Smithfield. The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee in this romp through the Seuss classics.

Advance tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Tickets at the door are $15. For tickets, go to or call 919-209-2099.

Romantic comedy

The Clayton Youth Theater will present the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1 at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. For tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, visit or call 919-553-1737.

On opening night, enjoy dinner at the Wagner House and then walk across the street to The Clayton Center to see the show. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students. The Wagner House will donate a portion of sales to the Clayton Youth Theater. For those tickets, call 919-553-1737 also.

Comedy in Smithfield

The Neuse Little Theatre’s production of “Dracula Bites,” a comedy, continues at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at The Hut on Front Street in downtown Smithfield. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For reservations, call 919-934-1873 and leave a message.

Variety show in Selma

The next American Music Jubilee, the Branson-style variety show, is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Rudy Theatre, 300 N. Raiford St., Selma. For tickets, call 877-843-7839 or visit

Art for kids

Doodlebugs, a weekly art class for kids and their parents, meets from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Fridays at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, 600 E. Booker Dairy Road. Children 18 months to 3 years experiment with dough, pudding gelatin, crayons, watercolors and more. For Smithfield residents, the cost is $5 per session or $19 for four sessions. For nonresidents, it’s $7 per session or $27 for four sessions. Register two days in advance by class 919-934-2148.

Paintings, photos on display in Clayton

Works by painter Elizabeth de Sherbinin of Raleigh and photographer Chris Rodier of Clayton are on display this month at the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. The free exhibit runs until March 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Student art on display

Winning entries in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards competition are on display through Feb. 21 at Barton College in Wilson. Among the student artists is Eric Johnson of Cleveland High School. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Case Art Building. For more information, call Mark Gordon at 252-399-6474 or the Barton Art Galleries at 252-399-6477.

Art and Food Festival

The fifth annual Art and Food Festival Gala is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Johnston County Agricultural Center, 2736 N.C. 210, Smithfield. The evening will offer sample dishes from Johnston County restaurants, a silent auction and the chance to purchase works by Johnston artists. The following will perform: pianist Earl Worley Jr., violinist Molly Olah and singer-guitarist Bruce Naegelen. Tickets are $40 each or two for $75, with proceeds going to the Johnston County Arts Council. For tickets, call 919-938-0306 or email

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