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A Legacy Celebration: Showcase Event Featuring the Resident Companies of the Academy Center of the Arts

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Historic Academy Theatre
December 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$14 – $57
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A Legacy Celebration

Showcase Event Featuring

The Residency Companies of the Academy Center of the Arts


Tickets for this event will be released to members September 5 – 12, 2018. Remaining tickets will be released to the public on September 13, 2018.



A Legacy Celebration is a showcase event featuring the Resident companies of the Academy Center of the Arts. This event will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 , at 7:30pm in the Historic Academy of Music Theatre.


All five Resident companies, including Charlottesville Ballet, Endstation Theatre Company, Jefferson Choral Society, Opera on the James, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, will present a 15 – 20 minute performance under the ‘legacy’ theme, which ties back to the Historic Academy of Music Theatre and its own complex legacy.


The history of the Historic Academy of Music Theatre holds both positive elements and some that we often wish we could rewrite. Legacy is never simple, but it is inherited and woven in to the tapestry of who we are. At the Academy Center of the Arts, we are empowered to take this legacy and shape an exciting future that accepts the past and provides an even better future. Our Resident companies have joined us on this journey.


Tickets to A Legacy Celebration and the Holiday Movie Marathon are available to the public at an accessible price point in order to engage a wide swath of the community in the Academy’s opening week activities.  To learn more or purchase tickets, see below.


To learn more about the performances from our Resident companies, continue reading below.



Performing Residency Companies



Charlottesville Ballet:

Academy Center of the Arts, Opening WeekThe Charlottesville Ballet will perform: New Moon  (Choreography: Sara Clayborne), excerpts from Stained Glass  (Choreography: Keith Lee – Formerly of American Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of Keith Lee Dances), and an excerpt from The Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux (Choreography by Marius Petipa, Restaged by Emily Hartka).

Charlottesville Ballet is presented by CAPTRUST.


Endstation Theatre Company:

Academy Center of the Arts, Opening WeekLynchburg’s own David Haught returns home to reprise the role that jump started his music career, Hank Williams! Joined by his local band, Max and Jim, they’ll have you Honky Tonkin’, toe tapping, and take you down memory lane with some of Hank Williams’ greatest hits that will proudly echo through the Historic Academy Theatre.

Endstation Theatre Company, Lynchburg’s own community professional theatre, has defined new and innovative productions for over 12 years. Focused on producing work for and of the people, landscape, and history of Central Virginia, we are proud to join with fellow arts organizations to commemorate this important moment in Lynchburg history.


Jefferson Choral Society:

Academy Center of the Arts, Opening WeekThe Jefferson Choral Society, Central Virginia’s oldest and largest adult choir, celebrates our shared humanity through the performance of quality choral music for all. Choir members range in age from early 20’s to nearly ninety and represent a cross-section of residents from six counties and eighteen different communities. With music selections that range from the classical “Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart, to the well-loved hymn “Amazing Grace” and spiritual “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”, to the rousing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”, the choir proves the power of music to include and unite us.


Opera on the James:

Academy Center of the Arts, Opening Week Opera on the James, Lynchburg’s professional opera company, is excited to showcase opera in the wonderful setting of the Historic Academy of Music Theatre at the Academy Center of the Arts. Soprano Penelope Shumate, baritone Robert Balonek, and pianist Tom Getty will perform a wide range of music selections from opera to Broadway.


Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest:

“Hannah and Billy” is a vignette from The Day is Past & Gone: A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest, local playwright Teresa Harris’ original trilogy about slave life at Poplar Forest. The stories are performed by local actors and directed by Harris each May at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

Written and directed by Teresa Harris, The Day is Past & Gone explores the complexity of surviving in two diametrically opposed worlds in three vignettes featuring true stories drawn from real-life experiences of the enslaved men and women portrayed that have been documented in letters and archaeological evidence.

In Hannah & Billy: The Talk, the audience sits in on a conversation between Hannah, Jefferson’s enslaved cook at Poplar Forest, and her son Billy. Hannah is at her wits end, as they discuss his problems with the overseer and the consequences of pushing back on the system of enslavement.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is presented by American Evolution, News and Advance, and Progress Printing.





Tier 2 Seats: $14.00

Tier 1 Seats: $20.00

Loge Seats: $46.00

Box Seats: $56.00


To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here.


Tickets for this event will be released to members September 5 – 12, 2018. Remaining tickets will be released to the public on September 13, 2018.


Become a Member of the Academy Center of the Arts today and get exclusive access and advanced notice for upcoming Academy Presents performances and events! Learn more about Academy Membership here.


For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.



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Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. The parking map above shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.


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Please note: If attending an event or performance after 5pm or on weekends, Lot 2 (Pacific Life Lot) and Lot 12 (Regional Business Alliance) are free and open to for public use. We suggest utilizing these lots, which are closest to the Academy Center of the Arts and within walking distance.





All ticket sales are final. There will be NO REFUNDS or exchanges for purchased tickets.

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Our delivery methods are as follows:

Print at home: This option allows you print your tickets at home or access them on a mobile device via email.

Regular Mail: For an additional fee, your tickets will be mailed to you ahead of the event.

Box Office: You may stop by our Box Office, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, and have us print your tickets for you.

All tickets for this show will be sold through academycenter.org and our ticketing system. Please do not use third-party resellers, as we do not contract with them. Should you use a reseller, the Academy Center of the Arts will not be liable for any issues with your purchase.

All ticket sales are subject to a Historic Theatre Restoration Fee and credit/debit card processing fees.

Historic Academy Theatre
December 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$14 – $57