The Paramount Theatre announces its 2018-19 Performing Arts Series, a collection of professional performances representing the diverse cultures of the Carolinas and the United States.
Traditional Gullah music from the low country The annual Series will open with Ranky Tanky on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. This band of native South Carolinians mixes the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B to bring the soulful songs of the Gullah culture to life. Loosely translating to “Work it” or “Get Funky,” Ranky Tanky performs timeless music from the Sea Island region, from playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies.
A traditional children’s story re-set in Appalachia The Series will continue on October 28 at 3:00 p.m. with Lexington Children’s Theatre’s production of Jack and the Wonder Beans, a retelling of “Jack and the Beanstalk” set in Appalachia. Based on the delightful children’s book by James Still, Larry Snipes’ adaptation will have your children and grandchildren tapping their toes and laughing out loud. In addition to the public performance, the Paramount will collaborate with the Partnership for Children to invite preschoolers and pre-kindergartners in Wayne County to see this production during a school day.
Classical music from a North Carolina tradition The popular Holiday Pops Concert from the North Carolina Symphony will return to the Paramount on November 20 at 8:00 p.m., following Downtown Goldsboro’s Lights Up Downtown Festival. The evening of holiday favorites performed by the vital component of North Carolina’s cultural life has been a time-honored tradition and audience favorite for years at the Paramount.
Classic country music from Wayne County natives Another fan favorite, the Malpass Brothers will return to the Paramount on January 11 at 7:30 p.m. Goldsboro natives, Christopher and Taylor Malpass started performing the music of classic country artists at a young age, and continue to keep those classics alive while creating new music and making
their mark on the lineage of rich American cultural heritage. The Malpass Brothers annual concert at the Paramount Theatre is sponsored by the Paramount Theatre Foundation, which works to support the operations of the Paramount Theatre through funding to keep the Paramount up to date with the latest industry-standard technologies.
A new generation of artists with music that paved the way for African American vocal groups New to the Paramount stage, the Platters will perform as part of the Performing Arts Series on February 13 at 7:30 p.m. In 1955, the Platters crashed through the racial divide in the music industry, becoming the first African-American vocal group to reach international superstardom. Today, the new members continue to evolve and entertain music fans of all ages with a foundation of hit songs thanks to the founding members.
A Latin-American songstress that seamlessly blends English and Spanish music Gina Chavez will bring her unique blend of sounds of the Americas to the Paramount on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. The multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress’s passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey through the Americas. Chavez volunteered in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she helped found Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas, as chronicled in her prize-winning Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D.” The Paramount is proud to pARTner with the Arts Council of Wayne County to bring this multi-cultural experience to Goldsboro.
Contemporary dance rooted in African American culture The Performing Arts Series will close on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. with Ron K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, continuing a new tradition of professional dance in Goldsboro. Focusing on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.
In addition to the annual series of professional performances, the Paramount will continue its tradition of classic and family movies with Field of Dreams (August 28), Hocus Pocus (October 27), It’s a Wonderful Life (December 18), White Christmas (December 20), The Color Purple (January 20), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (March 24).
Three-, Five-, and Seven-show packages to the Performing Arts Series are available now at discounted rates. Single tickets will be available June 1. Packages and tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office, online at www.GoldsboroParamount.com or by calling 919-583-8432.