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Averett Arts Schedule: 2022-23

“The Play That Goes Wrong”
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 7 p.m. & Oct 2, 2 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | $12 adults, $10 students/seniors (60+)

The play is a show within a show. A theatre company is presenting a murder mystery where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. The play has everything you never want in a show and more such as an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors that trip over everything (including their lines). 

Averett Cougar Band Fall Pops Concert – Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | Free Admission

There’s something for everyone in this program of popular music from the 1950s through today

Averett Fall Semester Student Art Exhibition
Nov. 7 to Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mary B. Blount Library | Free Admission

The Averett Art Department would like to extend an invitation to the public and to Averett faculty and staff to view the fall 2022 art exhibition showcasing work from the drawing, printing and ceramics classes. This particular exhibition is dedicated to Robert Marsh (1944-2022).

Professor Robert Marsh came to Danville, Va. in 1969 to teach at the then all-girls school, Averett College. He had a terminal degree in studio art from the University of Mississippi. Robert, known by his students as Professor Marsh, taught at Averett for 53 years. He was also a professional artist and well known locally, regionally and nationally. He was the 1984 recipient of the W.C. Bradley Fellowship. He was described as one of Virginia’s most distinguished artists. His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country. Beloved by his students and colleagues, Robert’s endless enthusiasm and wry sense of humor have been enjoyed by all who knew him.

Students concentrated this fall semester on drawings and prints (landscape/portraits/abstract and figures) as well as wheel thrown ceramics. Print processes utilized illustrate the techniques of intaglio and collagraph printing while the students in drawing focused on traditional methods of pencil, charcoal as well as pen and ink drawing. Postmodern two-dimensional and three-dimensional work continues the conversation about an artistic movement that took place from the 1960s to the 1990s which rejected modern art and idealism. Associated with philosophical critique, it defied categorization, yet encompassed many styles such as pop art, conceptual art, neo-expressionism, feminist art and works by Young British Artists (YBA). Postmodernism used popular culture to inspire artistic creations and each postmodernist work was an individual reflection of the artist and art history.

This exhibition focuses on new ways of looking – the printing and drawing classes specifically concentrated on microscopic views and macro or satellite photographs to inspire compositions. Please leave a comment, and feedback in the book provided in the library. The final day of this exhibition will be Friday, Dec. 2.

“Broadway is Back”
Nov. 17-19, 7 p.m. & Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | $12 adults, $10 students/seniors (60+)

A Musical Revue which includes some of the most beloved songs of Broadway. An evening sure to entertain and delight.

Averett Celebrates Christmas – Dec. 1, 2022
Pritchett Auditorium | Free Admission

Enjoy this annual festival of old and new holiday favorites with the Averett Music Department’s ensembles and special guests.

“The Glass Menagerie” – Feb. 9-11, 7 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | $12 adults, $10 students/seniors (60+)

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingfield, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years he spent with his overbearing Southern genteel mother, Amanda, and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister, Laura. While Amanda strives to give her children a life beyond the decrepit St. Louis tenement they inhabit, she is herself trapped by the memory of her life past– a life of cotillions and suitors and wealth, now long gone. 

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
March 30-April 1, 7 p.m. & April 2, 2 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | $12 adults, $10 students/seniors (60+)

While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, six tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box!

Averett Singers Spring Concert – April 16, 2:30 p.m.
Pritchett Auditorium | Free Admission

The Averett Singers will present a program of classical giants and contemporary songwriters that celebrate diversity and inclusion.  Singers of all ages and abilities in the Piedmont Region are invited to share in a collaboration of voices and talents.

Averett Symphonic Band Spring Concert: Journeys
April 21, 7 p.m
Pritchett Auditorium | Free Admission

Featuring music representing New Orleans, Ireland, the Appalachian Mountains, France, Austria and a salute to women band directors everywhere.

1859 Coffeehouse Lecture Series: Through the Eyes of the Beholder

This year’s series focuses on Averett University faculty and staff’s hobbies and interests outside of academia. 

Striking Up the Band: The How’s, What’s & Why’s of a University Band Program – Sept. 6, 7 p.m.
Student Center Multipurpose Room | Free Admission

Dr. Janet Phillips, associate professor of Music, started a brand new band program from scratch seven years ago. Through photos, videos and stories, she will show how it was done, why her passion for band and music in general is so strong, what has made it all possible, who inspired her and how the program looks moving forward.

Dr. Betty Heard Christmas Readings
Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
Student Center Multipurpose Room | Free Admission

Linda Lemery, retired circulation manager at Averett’s Mary B. Blount Library, was a long-time staff and adjunct faculty member of Averett. Lemery has led the Betty Heard Christmas Readings for several years, and delights children with her lively Christmas tales. The late Dr. Betty Heard was a dear friend and Averett colleagues, and was our first reader for the children. Because of her love for children’s literature and the Christmas Readings, we named this special night at Averett in her memory

A Personal Hobby of Wig Making – Feb. 7, 7 p.m.
Student Center Multipurpose Room | Free Admission

Dr. Melanie Lewis, department chair and associate professor of Health and Sports Science, describes herself as “just a country girl,” and while she is, she is also an unstoppable, high-achieving, highly competitive woman who came to Averett as an athletic trainer who decided she wanted to teach and has a wonderful side hobby of making wigs. Dr. Lewis will present on differences in synthetic and human hair and the wig making process. 

Hardwired for Music – April 5, 7 p.m.
Student Center Multipurpose Room | Free Admission

Dr. Anne Lewis, department chair and professor of Music, has a personal mission as a music educator to share engaging stories through music. What is music, really? How does it speak to each of us directly in a language beyond mere words? This session explores how humans are “hardwired” to respond to music from a cellular sound level to holistic healing.

Season Tickets are $40.00 for adults and $32.00 for Senior Citizens and do not include admittance to the Danville Concert Series show.

Funding for the [email protected] series has been generously provided by the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust.


    Tickets for Averett Players' productions may be purchased in advance or on the night of the show online at or from the Pritchett Auditorium Box Office 434-791-5867.

    Seating is general admission. Individual ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students/senior citizens.

    Season tickets for Averett Players' productions may be purchased for $40 for adult season tickets and $35 for senior citizens season tickets.

    Venue Addresses

    Pritchett Auditorium
    (in the Violet T. Frith Fine Arts Center)
    150 Mountain View Ave.

    Blount Chapel(in Frith Hall)
    160 Mountain View Ave.

    Jut’s Café
    (in the Student Center)
    351 Townes St., First Floor

    Multipurpose Room
    (in the Student Center)
    351 Townes St., Second Floor

    Blount Library
    344 W. Main St.

    West Main Baptist Church
    450 W. Main St.