Live theater on the Turnage stage

Published 7:45 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2018

From Arts of the Pamlico


Stage productions happen all year long at the Historic Turnage Theatre with support from the Arts of the Pamlico. Arts of the Pamlico produces, presents and rents the theater to artists and groups for a low cost option to support artists with access to a high quality venue and grow art and cultural events in downtown Washington. See upcoming shows below and mark your calendar now to not miss them.

This weekend A Place in the Heart Theatre Company will leverage your community’s art center to debut the musical “Easily Spoken” on Saturday at 7 p.m.. The production of “Easily Spoken” the stage play is written/directed by North Carolina native Michelle Forbes, who currently resides in Ayden and assistant director/founder Preston Coghill from Winterville. The musical is set in the late 1920s to mid-1930s in rural North Carolina and Harlem, New York. “Easily Spoken” is a fictional tale that uses elements of history, romance and drama to depict how a suffering southern agricultural industry not only became the catalyst for members of a sharecropping community, but also for migration in search of opportunity. The musical also dramatically depicts how The Great Migration contributed to the growth of creative expression, which impacted music, literature and dance so immensely that the undercurrents are still seen, heard and celebrated today. The theater company has also teamed with the Foundation for Education Development, Inc. to raise awareness about heart disease. Learn more about the show at Advance tickets are $15 online or at the Turnage Theatre before or on the day of the show for $20.

Auditions and more shows are coming this fall, so mark your calendars. This fall, AOP presents “Nunsense” on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. Auditions for “Nunsense” onstage will be held on July 9-10, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the historic Turnage Theatre. Contact Crystal Holman at

Collaborations with East Carolina University continue with their student opera company presenting “A Little Night Music” Nov. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. on the big stage.

Also in November, AOP presents “A Christmas Carol” onstage Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the downtown “Light Up the City” events. Audition dates will be shared later this summer.

And in the new year, don’t miss “Letters of Love” on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Audition dates will be shared later this summer.

Dinner and theatre option will be available for the Saturday performance. Watch for details!

For more information on these and other great events at Arts of the Pamlico, visit

Written by Debra Torrence, AOP’s executive director, and Crystal Holman, AOP’s weekend coordinator.