State Theatre suspends operations effective immediately.

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

September 14, 2016 Dear Culpeper Community,   It is with great sadness that the State Theatre Foundation Board of Directors announce that we will be suspending the operations of the theatre until further notice. Any and all events scheduled after September 12th are cancelled. All tickets purchases for fall events will be refunded. We had hoped that with the changes in staffing, our new...

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Swan Lake: ‘A beautiful, magical experience’

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016

Swan Lake: ‘A beautiful, magical experience’ By Allison Brophy Champion Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” positions itself as the quintessential ballet with its unmistakable score, graceful choreography and dark, tragic tale of young love. Lifelong dancer Rose Marie Allen, like others before her, is putting a new twist on the classic dance born in her love for the art. A ballet dancer over...

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Culpeper’s annual back-to-school giveaways are July 23, 30

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

Culpeper’s annual back-to-school giveaways are July 23, 30 By RHONDA SIMMONS Area students will have two opportunities to garner school supplies this month. The two popular back-to-school events are held much earlier because the first day of school for public school students is Aug. 9. City on a Hill Church partnered with Mountain View Community Church, His Village, and Journey Church for...

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Culpeper prays for unity among community, law enforcement

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016

Culpeper prays for unity among community, law enforcement By Allison Brophy Champion Hundreds of local residents from all walks of life filled the Culpeper State Theatre Wednesday night to pray for peace and unity in a time of violence and racial unrest around America. It was also about rallying behind the men and women of law enforcement. A newly naturalized U.S. citizen born in Africa, the...

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Internationally Acclaimed Gaelic Storm Performs at The State Theatre

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016

Internationally Acclaimed Gaelic Storm Performs at The State Theatre Culpeper, VA, June 15, 2016 — The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) will host Gaelic Storm in concert on Friday, June 25th at 8pm. The State Theatre is located at 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper VA 22701. Tickets are available by visiting The State Theatre box office Tuesday through Saturday,...

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Weekday Matinee $5 Movies & $14 Movie/Lunch Combo Offered at The State Theatre

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

Weekday Matinee $5 Movies & $14 Movie/Lunch Combo Offered at The State Theatre The Silver Screens Matinee Series Brings Movies for Seniors to Halsey Auditorium Culpeper, VA, May 31, 2016 — Attention Piedmont region Seniors (55+) and all who love Baby Boomer generation films! The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) is pleased to announce its launch of the...

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The Weekend of June 24, 25, 26 is Bounding at The State Theatre!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

The Weekend of June 24, 25, 26 is Bounding at The State Theatre! Internationally Acclaimed Gaelic Storm on its National Tour, Wes Iseli’s Illusion and Magic Show, and VA Piedmont Gaming Tournament: Madden 2K15 and NBA 2K15 on XBOXOne Culpeper, VA, June 13, 2016 — The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) will host THREE significant events over the weekend of June...

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Windmore Foundation for the Arts and The State Theatre Partner to present Salt and Pepper by Robert Benjamin

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

Windmore Foundation for the Arts and The State Theatre Partner to present Salt and Pepper by Robert Benjamin Contributed by Fran Cecere & Danica Low On Saturday, June 4, The Culpeper Center & Suites (previously named the The Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community) hosted a dress rehearsal of Salt and Pepper, performed by members of Windmore Foundation for the Arts’ StageWorks Theater...

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Internationally Acclaimed Kruger Brothers Coming to The State Theatre

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

Internationally Acclaimed Kruger Brothers Coming to The State Theatre Culpeper will host Bluegrass Band June 10th; Tickets on Sale Now Culpeper, VA, June 6, 2016 — The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) will host the internationally acclaimed Kruger Brothers in a concert not to be missed by bluegrass fans throughout the region! The concert event begins at...

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State Theatre Wins Best of the Best in Culpeper, Attends CulpeperFest

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

The State Theatre Voted Best of Culpeper 2016; Attends CulpeperFest The State Theatre is recognized by the people of Culpeper; Remains dedicated to its local community Culpeper, VA, June 7, 2016 — The State Theatre of Culpeper (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) announces it has been voted by The Culpeper Times newsgroup and the community, as The Best of the Best Theatre in Culpeper for...

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LETTER: Hospitality for post-high students appreciated

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

LETTER: Hospitality for post-high students appreciated – Culpeper Star-Exponent, 5/26/16 By Nancy Tschida Thank you to all the wonderful Culpeper businesses who graciously welcomed my post-high students to work as interns in your establishments during this school year. Our Post High program at Culpeper County Public Schools is a community-based program for students aged 18 – 21 who have...

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Comment: What does artistic inspiration look like?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

Comment: What does artistic inspiration look like? CULPEPER IT TAKES EVERYONE TO KEEP THE STATE THEATRE HUMMING By Amy Bowling and Danica Low It is a busy morning of activity and energy, a real life “play” unfolding against the historic and beautiful Art Deco backdrop that is The State Theatre of Culpeper. Laughter pours out of the Education Studio’s STEP (State Theatre Education Program) class...

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Culpeper County & State Theatre Partner for Summer Programs

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016

Culpeper Parks & Recreation and The State Theatre of Culpeper Partner to Offer Summer Camps for Kids Registration for Theatre and Visual Arts Summer Camps is Open Culpeper, VA – May 17, 2016 – The State Theatre of Culpeper on Main Street (the Premier Venue of the Virginia Piedmont) and Culpeper County Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide Culpeper citizens, and those throughout the...

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Culpeper Times- Support and sustain the State Theatre: Help us continue to make a difference!

Posted by on May 12, 2016

Support and sustain the State Theatre: Help us continue to make a difference! Dear Friends of the Arts, Thank you for making a difference to a difference-making non-profit organization that directly affects where you live, work, and play. I am proud to say that as we at the State Theatre work towards our mission of inclusion, accessibility and sustainability, we have made notable and tangible...

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Charlotte’s Web Spins Joy at The State Theatre Next Weekend

Posted by on May 11, 2016

Radiant. Terrific. Humble. Some Pig. Everyone knows the story of Charlotte’s Web, either from the original E.B. White classic novel which was published in 1952, or the animated feature that aired in 1973 – or most recently, the award-winning 2006 live-action film starring Dakota Fanning and Julia Roberts. Well, we have good news! The popular family feature has been adapted for a live-theatre...

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Summer camps offer creativity and imagination at the State Theatre

Posted by on May 3, 2016

Summer camps offer creativity and imagination at the State Theatre The State Theatre of Culpeper is known to many in the region as the venue for shows, plays, musicals, Sunday family movies, band performances and concerts. Many do not realize that it is all of these things and more, offering an education center for those interested in learning the theatre arts. The State Theatre of Culpeper’s...

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State Theatre, Windmore present free anti-bullying event Wednesday

Posted by on May 2, 2016

Culpeper teenager Freya Slocumb was tall for her age, outgoing and a new kid on the block. She also endured bullying as a younger child. “The girl up the street was merciless in spreading rumors,” said the 15-year-old homeschooled sophomore. “She was just nasty.” Slocumb tried to change to fit in, but the bullying gripped her emotions. “It took a lot to overcome,” she said. A well-spoken and...

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Catering company provides diabetes cooking demo

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016

Catering company provides diabetes cooking demo by Rhonda Simmons   Culinary chef Saipin Kumlor of La Prima Catering of College Park, Maryland treated a few lucky audience members of “Mama’s Girls 2: Sugar Ain’t Sweet” with an informative diabetes-friendly cooking demonstration held on the balcony level of the State Theatre in downtown Culpeper Saturday.   Situated in front of...

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‘Mama’s Girls 2’ takes on diabetes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016

  ‘Mama’s Girls 2’ takes on diabetes by Rhonda Simmons   Playwright Garrett Davis sprinkled humor and spiritual songs throughout his powerful play “Mama’s Girls 2: Sugar Ain’t Sweet,” which tackles diabetes.   Davis often explains how essential it is to learn through entertainment.   Set in Culpeper on Saturday, the play — which is the sequel to Mama’s Girls — picks up with...

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ACC art exhibit celebrates spring

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

ACC art exhibit celebrates spring Spring is (finally) in the air. And that means the Arts & Culture Center of Culpeper’s Spring Jubilee exhibit is just around the corner.   Celebrate the joys of spring — the season of renewal, revival and rejuvenation — with art by more than 20 Piedmont artists inspired by Mother Nature.   A free reception launching the Spring Jubilee will be held...

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Aging Together to honor Five Over Fifty

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Aging Together to honor five over fifty BY RHONDA SIMMONS Joan Proctor wears many hats. The 65-year-old Culpeper native is involved in her church. She’s been a volunteer for UVa Culpeper Hospital’s Auxiliary for 20 years. She’s also a member of the Red Hat Society and a chief officer of election for the Pearl Sample precinct in Culpeper County. Proctor also served as co-leader of a community 4-H...

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Orphans X in Culpeper: LOC, NYU highlight lost recordings

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Orphans X in Culpeper: LOC, NYU highlight lost recordings   by Allison Brophy Champion Film and sound aficionados from 18 countries are coming to Culpeper this week for a cultural event highlighting neglected and forgotten recordings. The Library of Congress Packard Campus on Mount Pony – repository for the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of moving images and sound...

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EVHS, CCHS to host art show

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

EVHS, CCHS to host art show BY RHONDA SIMMONS Eastern View and Culpeper County high school art students will display their work during the 14th annual art show at the State Theatre on Main Street in downtown Culpeper this week. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting on Monday and concluding Thursday. A reception will take place April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open...

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Walk the line: Tamelcoff plays Johnny Cash

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Walk the Line: Tamelcoff plays Johnny Cash BY ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION James Tamelcoff III feels confident that he has mastered the music of the Man in Black.  “Absolutely,” said the 17-year-old singer and guitarist, a junior at Madison County High School. “I’ve been studying him for the past three years, how to play guitar like him, how to get that Johnny Cash sound. I’m the closest possible...

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Give Local kickoff slated May 3

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

BY RHONDA SIMMONS During the first two years of the Give Local Piedmont campaign, the online fundraising effort garnered nearly $1.4 million collectively. This year with 150 participating non-profits and community members, fundraising officials hope to do just as well or even better. The proceeds from the 24-hour online fundraiser are designated for participating charitable organizations in...

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Help shape the future of Culpeper’s recreational offerings

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

http://www.northernvatimes.com/culpeper/article/help-shape-the-future-of-culpepers-recreational-offerings By Marshall Conner © Culpeper Times Few things are as powerful as the power of public participation in shaping the future of recreation plans at the county government level. Next Wednesday, on March 30th (at 6:30 p.m.) the public is encouraged to attend an Open House at the State Theatre to...

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Students display about 750 works of art during annual show

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/students-display-about-works-of-art-during-annual-show/article_e6c0d2a8-f21c-11e5-8a35-8f4d9e0bd89e.html By Vincent Vala To recognize the artistic achievements of its students, Culpeper County Public Schools this week held its annual student art show at the State Theatre on South Main Street. March is Youth Art Month, and the time each year that CCPS...

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Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam POSTPONED

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016

Dear Friends of the State Theatre: To our patrons scheduled to attend tonight’s Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam concert: Last night, Mr. Mason fell ill during a concert in New Jersey. From various sources, we understand that Mr. Mason has been provided medical advice to rest for the weekend. We have heard from Dave Mason’s management regarding tonight’s concert, and...

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Showcasing the arts to everyone

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016

By Anita L. Sherman © Culpeper Times Photo by Anita L. Sherman. State Theatre Executive Director Steve Barker operates from an upstairs office. Here between several computer screens and a legion of post it notes he coordinates upcoming shows, fundraising efforts and community partnerships. During a presentation at Tuesday’s board meeting, County Parks and Rec Director John Barrett paid kudos to...

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT RE: STEPs Field Trip Antigone scheduled Tuesday, February 16th

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT February 16th’s (tomorrow’s) STEP: Field Trips performance of Barter Theatre’s Antigone at 11am is cancelled so the actors can arrive in Culpeper safely. All schools scheduled for Tuesday will be honored for Wednesday’s February 17th’s performance at 11am. We also have plenty of tickets for public walkup. Contact our Field Trip Coordinator at...

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Youth acting classes upcoming at Culpeper State Theatre

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

STAR-EXPONENT STAFF The Culpeper State Theatre recently announced spring theater classes and camps for schoolchildren. New executive director Steven Barker hopes the State Theatre Educational Programs will become a cornerstone of the community arts center, calling the initiative a vital part of its mission. “Showcasing the arts to everyone not only occurs through presentation, but in teaching...

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State Theatre is on the right track for 2016

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016

By Steven Barker | Posted in the Culpeper Times: Saturday, January 9, 2016 5:58 pm I am personally writing to you to let you know our progress of the Save the State campaign as of Jan. 6 as well as our intent to continue the fundraising campaign beyond our initial deadline. As of this date, we have raised more than $250,000 in contributions and commitments. While this may not be the full amount...

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LETTER: School board supports the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

by Culpeper County School Board The Culpeper County School Board would like to add its support to the efforts to save the State Theatre and encourages the public to support this valuable asset as well! The State Theatre Board and staff have made a concerted effort to provide a variety of educational opportunities for the students of Culpeper and surrounding counties. From a program on physics to...

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Culpeper Town Council Committee looks for ways to help State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

By Wally Bunker © Culpeper Times A Culpeper Town Council committee on Tuesday, Dec. 22, reached consensus to direct the town staff to meet with State Theatre leaders to determine what can be done to help the theatre cope with its financial crisis, without handing out taxpayer’s money. The theatre set a deadline in mid-November of Dec. 31, to raise $400,000 for operating expenses to keep the...

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Culpeper area musicians rally around the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

By Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Local musicians from all genres are backing the Culpeper State Theatre – big time. A busking event Sunday raised almost $300 for the Main Street arts center and two more benefit events are planned for Christmas week. So inspired were they to help the theater, the so-called ‘Davis Street Buskers’ set up in front of the former Hazel...

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LETTER: Letter of support for the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015

by Culpeper Economic Development Advisory Commission The State Theatre’s mission: Showcasing the Arts to Everyone is consistent with the Culpeper Economic Development Advisory Commission’s mission to enhance the quality of life and the standard of living in Culpeper while maintaining our rural integrity. The State Theatre building offers a stage for local productions, out of town touring...

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LETTER: Council expresses support for the State, but where is the help?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015

By Joseph R. Wills I would like to address a press release the Culpeper Town Council had published in Dec. 18 edition of the Culpeper Times newspaper: “Culpeper Town Council encourages your support of the State Theatre.” That headline alone is a red flag for sidestepping the issue.  Of course Town Council wants your support; as the State Theatre has operated for “the greater good” of...

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Area businesses step up to keep the State Theatre going in Culpeper

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

By Contributed Report © Culpeper Times The Spirits of Christmas aren’t just on stage at the State Theatre. This week two more businesses have stepped forward to help Save the State. One with direct support and one through a percentage of sales. Battlefield Automotive has bestowed a generous gift in the amount of $20,000 to the “Save the State” fundraising campaign. The Culpeper dealership states...

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‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to State Theatre this weekend

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

by Vince Vala, Culpeper Star Exponent Area residents who want to avoid a case of the humbugs this Christmas season can come out to the State Theatre this weekend to take in the theater’s production of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The play is the maiden voyage for the State’s community theater company, The Piedmont Players, said director Steven Barker,...

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LETTER: United we stand; support the theatre

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

By E. Ray Walker It’s sad that some people think arts are only for the elite few. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a descendant of a long line of Eastern Shore farmers (my father’s roots, going back to the 1600s) and Southwest Virginia coal miners (my mother’s line). I am proud of them all. Even today, I have relatives in both areas who make their livings in the fields and in the...

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LETTER: Save the State Theater

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

By Dan Goldstein Being new to the community of Culpeper, I have never enjoyed a show or movie at the State Theater. However, in my short time with Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., I have been overwhelmed with the number of people that have memories and stories of their first date, movie or show at the State Theater (including my Mom, who as a little girl in 1950 was driven from Fredericksburg to sing...

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Local musicians to busk on Davis Street to support the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent A local group of merry musicians will take to Davis Street Sunday to play holiday tunes and raise money for the Culpeper State Theatre. Harmonica player Kevin Woodward organized the impromptu “Santa band busking” event that will start at 2 p.m. at the corner of Main and East Davis streets and proceed from there. All tips generated will go toward...

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Editorial: Culpeper Christmas wish: ‘Save the State’

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015

BY THE EDITORIAL PAGE STAFF OF THE FREE LANCE-STAR It may take a miracle to save the financially struggling State Theatre in downtown Culpeper. But isn’t that was the holiday season is all about? The nonprofit foundation that operates the venue, which has featured live music, plays and classic movies, has raised as of Tuesday $144,000 of the $400,000 it needs to stay open in the new year. That’s...

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PERSPECTIVE: State Theatre plans for future success: accessible, inclusive, sustainable

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

By Steven L. Barker For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Steven Barker. Eight months ago I chose to move to this beautiful county with the hope and plan that I could make a difference, along with Jodi Stone and the other staff members of the State Theatre. Since day one, I have used every tool in my tool kit that consists of a background in youth and family arts to fulfill the...

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Shenandoah Garden Spot steps up to support State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

by Culpeper Star Exponent A Main Street shop experiencing direct economic benefit from its neighbor, the Culpeper State Theatre, decided to pay it forward. Shenandoah Garden Spot, across the street from the iconic arts venue, will donate 15 percent of all purchases made Dec. 14 through Dec. 20 to the nonprofits arts center. Owner Greg Garr said his garden center and gift shop has gotten business...

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OUR VIEW: Give Culpeper a priceless Christmas gift

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

by Culpeper Star Exponent The State Theatre has made substantial progress in its bid to raise $400,000 in just over a month or face closing its doors for 2016. The $120,000 given to the theater thus far shows a community commitment to preserving the iconic Main Street arts venue. And Amy Bowling’s donation of time to serve as development director should be applauded. But $280,000 more in...

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Culpeper State Theatre hosts Saturday night seasonal extravaganza featuring local talent

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Culpeper’s own rising pop artist Alex Caruso headlines “Hometown Holiday” Saturday night at the State Theatre, performing seasonal classics in collaboration with fellow Piedmont-area musicians Taylor Johnson, Lauren Kube, Clare Sukley and crooner Mo Safren. For Caruso, a 2015 graduate of Culpeper County High School, Christmas...

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Culpeper State Theatre raises $96K toward $400K goal

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent About a month after issuing an urgent plea for donations, the Culpeper State Theatre has raised more than $96,000 toward the $400,000 said to be needed by year’s end to keep the arts center open, according to theater administrators. On so-called Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, the theater collected $40,000 in a single day, according to State Theatre...

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LETTER: Keeping the lights on is an ‘everybody’ problem

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

By Joseph Wills As a resident of Culpeper for the past 11 years, I have seen a rise and fall of the economy and an influx of housing, businesses and traffic the town was seemingly unprepared to handle. The time has come for us, as a community, to recognize Culpeper not as the small town of old, but as a potentially prosperous and successful county where families look forward to raising their...

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LETTER: Theatre creates a shared community experience in the digital age

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

By Amber Marie Rose I am fairly new to the Culpeper community. I opened Marie School of Ballet on Aug. 25, 2014 in downtown Culpeper. When it came to opening Marie School of Ballet in Culpeper, I was extremely excited. I could give children the type of training that was not available to me when I was a child in a small community AND The State Theatre — a beautiful venue offering so much...

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