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Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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April 2020

Academy Center of the Arts

CANCELED: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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On Wednesday, our organization released a statement regarding the additional measures our staff is taking towards the potential impact of COVID-19 in our community.Today, in the interest of the health and welfare of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and performers, the Academy Center of the Arts has canceled all public performances through April 15, 2020.This decision is in line with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as well as by the urgence of local and state authorities to limit large public events, effective immediately. While it’s disappointing to cancel upcoming events, we look forward to coming together again as a community when the time is right.At this time, our educational classes are also being suspended for the next two weeks, following an executive order by Governor Ralph Northam on March 13, 2020, in conjunction with the policies of the Lynchburg City School systems. Eduction participants will be updated as the situation evolves.Our gallery spaces will remain open during this time. Would you consider turning the value of your ticket purchase into a donation during this fragile period for the Academy?  A large portion of our annual revenue is generated through ticket sales and is critical to our ability to impact our community. If you would like to donate back, contact Meredith Whetsell, Chief…

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CANCELED: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

April 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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On Wednesday, our organization released a statement regarding the additional measures our staff is taking towards the potential impact of COVID-19 in our community.Today, in the interest of the health and welfare of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and performers, the Academy Center of the Arts has canceled all public performances through April 15, 2020.This decision is in line with public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as well as by the urgence of local and state authorities to limit large public events, effective immediately. While it’s disappointing to cancel upcoming events, we look forward to coming together again as a community when the time is right.At this time, our educational classes are also being suspended for the next two weeks, following an executive order by Governor Ralph Northam on March 13, 2020, in conjunction with the policies of the Lynchburg City School systems. Eduction participants will be updated as the situation evolves.Our gallery spaces will remain open during this time. Would you consider turning the value of your ticket purchase into a donation during this fragile period for the Academy?  A large portion of our annual revenue is generated through ticket sales and is critical to our ability to impact our community. If you would like to donate back, contact Meredith Whetsell, Chief…

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CANCELED: Met Opera Broadcast in HD: Tosca

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Met Opera Broadcast in HD: Tosca CANCELED EVENT   The Academy Center of the Arts has just announced the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast 19-20 season, featuring Tosca on Sunday, 4/19 at 2:00pm in the Historic Academy of Music Theatre.   Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.   The Academy Center of the Arts is proud to partner with Opera on the James to offer a pre-screening talk, beginning 45-minutes prior to the screening, presented by Ezra LaFleur, professor at Liberty University.   Join the Academy, Foster Fuels, and Opera on the James as Peter speaks about Tosca and relevant topics related to the Broadcasted Opera.     Tickets:   CANCELED EVENT     Partners:   Sponsors:       Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated.…

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CANCELED: Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Presents: A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson featuring Frederick Douglass

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Presents: A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson featuring Frederick Douglass     In the interest of the health and welfare of our patrons, staff, volunteers, and performers, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest has canceled A Conversation with Mr. Jefferson Featuring Frederick Douglass, scheduled for 4/25/2020, in the Historic Academy Theatre. Unfortunately, due to a lack of availability, this event is unable to be rescheduled at the Academy Center of the Arts. The event has been rescheduled to take place at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest on September 19, 2020. More information can be found at www.poplarforest.org.  

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May 2020

Virginia Humanities Presents: Separate but Unequal HUB Talk

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Virginia Humanities Presents: Separate but Unequal HUB Talk     About the HUB Talk:   Virginia Humanities HUB Talks (short for Humanities Un-Bound) provide Virginians with a chance to connect and explore issues of importance to the human experience and life in the Commonwealth through a humanities lens. Bringing the success of Virginia Humanities’ award-winning national public radio program With Good Reason to an intimate local setting, HUB Talks feature scholars from Virginia’s colleges and universities who stand out as the program’s most dynamic interviewees, framed by the artful interviewing and moderating capabilities of With Good Reason’s dynamic young producers and beloved host Sarah McConnell.   Separate But Unequal will feature a live panel discussion and Q&A with the following guests: Lynchburg native Owen Cardwell Jr., the only surviving of the first two black students to enter E.C. Glass High School in 1962, Virginia Humanities director of African American programs, Justin Reid, Sweet Briar College assistant professor, Dwana Waugh, and Virginia Commonwealth University professor Brian Daugherity, historian and co-author of Keep On Keeping On: The NAACP and the Implementation of Brown v. Board of Education.   This event is free to attend but requires advanced registration.      …

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CANCELED: Met Opera Broadcast in HD: Maria Stuarda

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Met Opera Broadcast in HD: Maria Stuarda CANCELED EVENT   The Academy Center of the Arts has just announced the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast 19-20 season, featuring Maria Stuarda on Sunday, 5/10 at 2:00pm in the Historic Academy of Music Theatre.   Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.   The Academy Center of the Arts is proud to partner with Opera on the James to offer a pre-screening talk, beginning 45-minutes prior to the screening, presented by Ezra LaFleur, professor at Liberty University.   Join the Academy, Foster Fuels, and Opera on the James as Peter speaks about Maria Stuarda and relevant topics related to the Broadcasted Opera.     Tickets:   CANCELED EVENT     Partners:   Sponsors:       Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome. Videography…

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POSTPONED: Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Presents: Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)   Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with additional material by Reed Martin Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor This event has been postponed to April 29th, 2021.    About the Show:   It’s baaaaaack!   The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)  is the original, and timeless classic from the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Every ten years, give or take, the RSC goes back to the source, the fountainhead, the birth of all things that followed.   All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes!  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)  is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. It was London’s longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! The show has been seen at the Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and from sea to shining sea. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter.   “IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS…

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Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Lynchburg’s Finest

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Lynchburg's Finest     The LSO celebrates homegrown talent as Lynchburg native and E.C. Glass graduate Emily Rist Glover returns to perform the virtuosic Glazunov Violin Concerto.   In addition, the stars of tomorrow appear as the Lynchburg Youth Symphony Orchestra joins the LSO in a special side-by-side performance. The concert closes with orchestral fireworks from the LSO in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Don’t miss this season-closing spectacular!     Tickets:   Economy: $25.00 Value: $31.00 Standard: $41.00 Premium: $51.00 Loge Seats: $61.00 Box Seats: $82.00   Students save $15.00 off all seats except Loge & Box   To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here.   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.       Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome. Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting…

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June 2020

Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Summer Movie Series

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Summer Movie Series

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Summer Movie Series

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Summer Movie Series

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Summer Movie Series

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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July 2020

Academy Center of the Arts

Academy Summer Movie Series

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Disney’s Moana Jr.

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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Academy Youth Theatre Presents: Disney's Moana Jr.     About the Show: Disney’s Moana Jr. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Disney’s Moana Jr. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Disney’s Moana Jr. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.     Tickets: Standard Student: $10.00 Standard Adult: $14.00 Premium Student: $12.00 Premium Adult: $16.00 Box Student: $17.00 Box Adult: $23.00   To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here. Please note that members of the Military and Educators receive a 10% discount on tickets online and by phone.   For…

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Disney’s Moana Jr.

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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Academy Youth Theatre Presents: Disney's Moana Jr.     About the Show: Disney’s Moana Jr. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Disney’s Moana Jr. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Disney’s Moana Jr. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.     Tickets: Standard Student: $10.00 Standard Adult: $14.00 Premium Student: $12.00 Premium Adult: $16.00 Box Student: $17.00 Box Adult: $23.00   To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here. Please note that members of the Military and Educators receive a 10% discount on tickets online and by phone.   For…

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Academy Summer Movie Series

July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Summer Movie Series

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Academy Summer Movie Series

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Summer Movie Series Free movie series running every Tuesday in June and July     New at the Academy this Summer! Join us for our FREE family-friendly Summer Movie Series! From classics to new family favorites, these films are on the softer-side and are sure to entertain the whole gang.   Grab the popcorn and a soda, snag a seat in our plush theatre chairs, and enjoy a new film projected on the BIG screen each Tuesday, June to August, at 6:00PM.   Schedule: June 2, 2020 - Toy Story 4 June 9, 2020 - Space Jam June 16, 2020 - The Incredibles 2 June 23, 2020 - The Goonies June 30, 2020 - Mary Poppins July 7, 2020 - Finding Dory July 14, 2020 - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark July 21, 2020 - Willy Wonka July 28, 2020 - Into the Spider Verse     Tickets:   FREE - NO TICKETS REQUIRED   For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.     Sponsored By:         Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket…

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Justin Willman from Netflix’s “Magic from Humans”

July 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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    Academy Presents: Justin Willman from Netflix’s "Magic from Humans"   Tickets will be released to Academy Members on May 6, 2020. All remaining tickets will be released to the public on May 14, 2020.     About the Show:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9ozcs6nLo   Magician/Comedian Justin Willman is the star and creator of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans. His Magic in Real Life Tour is an intimate evening of mind-blowing magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises that will leave the whole family wonderstruck. He’s a regular on The Tonight Show, Ellen and Comedy Central, and he’s nearly broken the internet several times with over 200 million video views and counting.   Without spoiling any surprises, it’s safe to say you’ve never seen a show quite like this. But don’t take our word for it...   “A new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again.” -Los Angeles Times   “Filled with magic tricks that will amaze, delight, and shock you in a way that’s sure to have your face sore from smiling.” -Decider   “His live show is a MUST SEE.” -Time Out   “A master of comedy and psychological manipulation…able to move his fans and skeptics on an emotional level.”…

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August 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem Lynchburg

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 50th Anniversary Tour

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Presents: Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th Anniversary Tour     Now a singular presence in the ballet world, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 17-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Through performances, community engagement and arts education, the Company carries forward Dance Theatre of Harlem’s message of empowerment through the arts for all.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QPg7cnrmW8]     Tickets: Obstructed: $14.00 Value: $36.00 Standard: $56.00 Premium:$82.00 Box: $107.00   For more information or to purchase tickets to this event series, contact our Box Office at (434) 846-8499.       Sponsored By:           Know Before You Go:   All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome. Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask…

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September 2020

Academy Center of the Arts, Historic Academy Theatre

Ladies of Laughter Funny and Fabulous 2020 Tour

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Ladies of Laughter Funny and Fabulous 2020 Tour     About the Show:   The Ladies of Laughter return to Lynchburg, VA after rave reviews in 2019! If you missed this all-female stand-up tour last season, now is your chance to get on board with this highly entertaining comedic experience. Expect big laughs, big fun, and a great night out with a whole new line-up of powerhouse comediennes, including Jane Condon, Jocelyn Chia, and Kelly MacFarland!   The Ladies of Laughter was first established in a local YWCA over twenty years ago, the Ladies of Laughter continues to be the SOURCE for funny women through its national bi-annual competition and Funny & Fabulous Tour.   Past contestants and winners include Amy Schumer, Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory) and countless national female headliners and newcomers to the comedy field. For more information on the Ladies of Laughter, go to ladiesoflaughter.org.     Jane Condon: She has two boys, otherwise everything’s fine. Since she’s from a blue-collar town in Massachusetts, she likes to make fun of her current posh address in Greenwich, CT. She loves to tell stories about her adventures (mostly survival tales) with her boys. Condon was named…

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An Evening with David Sedaris

September 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Presents: An Evening with David Sedaris     About the Show:   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65nsIMJJcMY]   With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The audiobook of Calypso has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category.   Sedaris will speak for 60 minutes, followed by 20-30 minutes of audience Q&A and a post-show book signing in the lobby.               “Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident” —Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly   “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . .  He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” —Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail   “Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the…

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October 2020

Broadway Princess Party®

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Presents: Broadway Princess Party ®   Tickets will be released to Academy Members on March 24, 2020. All remaining tickets will be released to the public on  April 1, 2020.     About the Show: Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess as an iconic trio of Broadway and Animation princess stars host an evening of festivities alongside their Magical Musical Director and Guest Prince. Named “Outstanding Roadshow 2019” by Nashville’s First Night Awards, your every dream will come true as these knockout voices sing the petticoats off every princess song in the book, sharing hilarious and heartfelt stories of their royal antics backstage, on stage, and beyond!   Critics call it: “spectacular,” “enchanting,” “empowering,” – this is the princess party you WISH you’d had as a kid, only better, because these are the voices you know from the albums. Catch the carriage and embrace the adventure – bring your besties, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your mom, your kids (ages 6 and older, please) or anyone who will be tempted to sing along! Dress in your best royal attire (or cosplay) to celebrate your favorite character! Come see what over 18 million fans are raving about on YouTube!…

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March 2021

Academy Center of the Arts

Buddy Guy

March 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Academy Presents: Eight-time GRAMMY Award Winner Buddy Guy with Tom Hambridge     About the Show: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzzebGOEpVQ]   The title of Buddy Guy's latest album says it all: The Blues Is Alive and Well. The legendary blues artist's eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015's Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike. "I got children and grandchildren who didn't know who I was, but nowadays we can play outdoor concerts and see kids that are eight, nine, twelve years old coming to me and saying, 'I didn't know who you was, but I read what Eric Clapton said about you,'" Guy explains when discussing his mindset around the new record. "I'm always trying to make an album that someone accidentally plays where some kid hears it, picks up a guitar, and helps keep the blues alive."   And it only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well to realize that Guy's mission has been more than accomplished here. The record is arriving on the heels of a spate of high visibility for the 83-year-old performer: at the 2016 Grammys, he picked up a trophy for…

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April 2021

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Hamlet’s Big Adventure! (a prequel)

April 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Academy Theatre, 524 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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  Reduced Shakespeare Company: Hamlet's Big Adventure! (a prequel)   About the Show:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHpJcksk2js&feature=emb_logo   In this hysterical (and completely fictional) prequel to Hamlet, nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark! But when a crisis hits the convent, eager and decisive Hamlet leaps into action with his best bud Ophelia and jester friend Yorick to SAVE. THE. NUNNERY!   A fast, funny, and physical extravaganza filled with scary ghosts, wee Scots, singing nuns, and a mysterious vassal in the castle, Hamlet and Ophelia navigate their parents and their own feelings while putting on a show – what could possibly go wrong?   “Hilarious! A love letter to one of Shakespeare’s most challenging and complicated plays.” Napa Valley Register “Attains satirical heights for which most comedians wouldn’t think to reach.” Bob Mondello, National Public Radio “They are smart, cheeky clowns!” The New York Times     Tickets:   Student: $25.00 Senior: $36.00 Adult: $41.00 Box: $82.00   To view our seating map for the Historic Academy of Music Theatre, click here. Please note that members of the Military and Educators receive a 10% discount on tickets online and by phone.   For more information or to purchase tickets to…

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE ACADEMY

IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, THE ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS HAS POSTPONED ALL PERFORMANCES FROM SATURDAY, MARCH 14 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020. CLASSES WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM.

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