The Prizery is holding its annual online Kickstarter campaign for the ninth Summer Theatre Season, and the final day for the all-or-nothing $25,000 goal is Friday at 7 p.m. Funds from the campaign will directly support the summer productions: “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!,” one of the greatest musicals of all time; the razzle-dazzle “Red, White and Broadway;” and the great classic, “Gypsy.” 

In addition to the company of young professional performers and technicians who will be at The Prizery to bring these productions to life, 20 talented local performers also will be on the stage for both “Oklahoma!” and “Gypsy!” says Chris Jones, artistic director for The Prizery.

Each year, the Summer Theatre season’s outstanding productions draw large audiences and give some people their first exposure to live musical theatre. The economic impact on local businesses is important, too, as visitors shop, dine and visit local attractions.

Pledges to support the Kickstarter campaign can be made by visiting and on the home page scroll to “Kickstarter Summer Theatre 2018” for the campaign link. 

There are rewards for various levels of contributions, and all supporters are listed in the Summer Theatre program.

Local performers participating in Summer Theatre 2018 include Victoria Montes-Bradley, Katherine White, Mckayla Moxey, Kenna Rush, Aaron Hendricks, Ryan Crawford, Minjune Kim, Alex Burton, Isabella La Monica, Scott Caldwell, Lilly Savage, Jaden DeJarnette, Molly Nunn, Emily Vaughan, Evan Snead, Lydia Snead, Katie Holland, Larry Jennings, Charlie Simmons and Mike Doan.

For additional information, call 434-572-8339 or email

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at​

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