State of the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

By Anita Sherman © Gainesville Times Citizen’s time had one speaker Tuesday evening at the monthly Culpeper County Board of Supervisors meeting. That was Steven Barker who currently has taken on the role of Save The State campaign manager. He is also their events and outreach coordinator. Barker gave an impassioned message to the board about his intent to expand the arts initiative within the...

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Culpeper’s State Theatre raises more than $40,000 on #GivingTuesday

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

By Contributed Report © Culpeper Times Culpeper, VA, December 7, 2015– Giving Tuesday (observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving) proved to be a very successful day in the effort to Save the State Theatre. Collecting just over $40,000 in one single day; individual donations varied widely from $8.00 to $1,000.00. The campaign total now...

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LETTER: Theatre helps forge relationships, changes lives

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

By Richard Moylan My wife and I saw that the State Theatre was holding auditions in the fall of 2015 and we were both very excited. I encouraged my wife to audition because I knew that it would be something that she would really enjoy, as well as giving her a sense of belonging to the community. What we did not realize was that the State Theatre and that the cast and crew of The Christmas Carol...

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LETTER: Saving the State Theatre: It’s our choice

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015

As a patron, I choose to be entertained right here in our community. As a cast member, I choose to entertain and educate residents of our community. As a town resident, I choose to travel a short distance within our community. As a supporter, I choose to be a part of this team, for the benefit of our community. Whether you’re a patron, actor, community resident or supporter, you have a choice....

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State Theatre’s vision for the future

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015

Events & Outreach Coordinator and Save the State Campaign Manager Steven Barker addressed the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors with the State Theatre’s vision for the future. Click here to help us build on our last 6 months of...

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State Theatre fundraising campaign asks for help on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015

by Star-Exponent Staff The newly created fundraising campaign for Culpeper’s historic State Theatre has an urgent request and some new hashtags to share: #GiveAtLeast8 to #SaveTheState. Steven Barker, head of the fundraising committee, said he hopes residents will take advantage of “Giving Tuesday,” the widely recognized day of charitable giving following Thanksgiving to aid the endangered...

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LETTER: Keep the dream alive and support the State Theatre

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015

By Johncie Carlson Regarding the State Theatre’s situation, I can only say “what are we waiting for?” The facility is a dream come true for so many people, some who don’t even know it yet. It is a building of endless possibilities. There are many local and regional groups with no physical space in which to show their work and build their following. The State Theatre has provided that space for...

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Barker and Stone take the helm to guide the ship of the State Theatre

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

By Contributed Report © Culpeper Times If you drop by the State Theatre offices, most days you are sure to be greeted by a bespectacled smile and a warm hello. The face behind those glasses and smile is half of the new leadership at the State Theatre, Steven Barker, the Events and Outreach Coordinator and now Campaign Chair of the #savethestate #fundthefuture fundraising drive to keep the doors...

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Committee circumspect about utility break for State Theatre

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Exploring ways to help the cash-strapped Culpeper State Theatre, a town council committee Tuesday morning briefly considered the possibility of giving the arts center a break on its hefty utility bills before deciding it wasn’t feasible. “Is there anything we can legally do using the utility funds to help the theater?” asked councilman Pranas...

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Culpeper Town Council discusses possible help for State Theatre

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015

© Culpeper Times A town council committee Tuesday morning discussed a way to help the financially strapped State Theatre with its utility bills, but lacking documentation the committee tabled the matter until next month. Light and Power, Water and Wastewater Committee Chairman Pranas Rimeikis wanted to determine if there was anything the town could legally do to help the State Theatre through...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The State Theatre isn’t seeking taxpayer funds

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015

by Nick Freitas, delegate elect, 30th District (Culpeper, Madison and Orange) First, I would like to thank everyone in the 30th District for giving me the opportunity to represent you in Richmond. It is an incredible honor and responsibility and one that I take very seriously and with the utmost humility. I love the Culpeper, Orange and Madison area, and would like to take a moment to speak...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Please help save a vital part of our community

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015

by Kelsey Carlson, owner, Green Roost Over the past two weeks, we have all heard a lot about the imminent needs of the State Theatre. I, too, was shocked when I first heard the announcement that the theatre needed to raise $400,000 by year-end. And I’m sure, like me, you are wondering why and how this has happened. I’ve spent the past week reaching out to the board of directors and staff at the...

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State Theatre struggles to stay alive

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015

By Anita Sherman © Culpeper Times Tad Loving and Chris Hamilton, two State Theatre Foundation founding board members, and Steven Barker, the current events and outreach coordinator held a press conference last Thursday. Media present anticipated the message. The State Theatre needs major financial help to keep its doors open. If it does not receive $400,000 in its coffers by Dec. 31, the place...

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Culpeper’s State Theatre needs $400,000 to stay open

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015

‘CROWN JEWEL’ MUST RAISE $400,000 TO REMAIN IN OPERATION by Donnie Johnston, The Free Lance-Star State Theatre board member Chris Hamilton made clear what will happen if the group cannot raise $400,000 by the end of the year. “We’re suspending operations,” he said. Suspending operations means closing down a facility that has undergone some $10 million in renovations in the past decade and was...

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Reception Thursday launches ‘A Winter’s Tale’

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015

by STAR-EXPONENT STAFF The Arts & Culture Center of Culpeper announces a reception Thursday for the opening of its seasonal exhibit, “A Winter’s Tale,” in the lobby of the Culpeper State Theatre. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the theater’s Fresh AIR Gallery. The exhibit will feature 30 pieces of art by regional 18 artists interpreting the theme as they wish. The artwork is...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Losing State Theatre would be a ‘black eye’ for the community

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

published by Culpeper Star Exponent I have been a volunteer at the State Theatre before it opened. I have seen entertainment there that most areas would love to have — The White House Band, Driving Miss Daisy, Jerry Lewis and Marty Stuart, just to name some of the great shows we have had.It truly saddens me that we could lose this. If you have been following the local news, you know we have to...

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Culpeper State Theatre could go dark

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Less than three years after its triumphant return, the State Theatre of Culpeper needs a show-stopping financial boost. If the nonprofit arts center on Main Street does not receive $400,000 in donations by Dec. 31, the historic venue will close. That was the message at a recent sit-down meeting with staff and members of the board of the State...

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Getting pampered and educated

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

by Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Madison resident Ada Summers knew something wasn’t quite right when she felt an itch underneath her breast that she couldn’t quite scratch. “It was so internal, and I just couldn’t reach it,” said the Rev. Summers, of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Criglersville. “I tried my hardest to scratch it, but it did nothing.” Not thinking about breast cancer at...

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Pamper Me Pink fundraiser slated for Tuesday

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the Pamper Me Pink event, an annual fundraiser that helps raise money for the Pink Mammography Fund while sharing information throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event will take at the State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., in downtown Culpeper on Oct. 27 from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Sponsored by Pepperberries and UVa...

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Charlottesville Ballet brings fairy tales to Culpeper stage

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

by Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Several area children and their parents received a few dance lessons from the Charlottesville Ballet. The 18-member ensemble performed “A Fairy Tale Gathering,” an interactive children’s ballet that incorporated famous characters from popular fairy tales at the State Theatre of Culpeper on Sunday. About 140 people filled the auditorium for the 45-minute...

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Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis performs sold-out show at Culpeper State Theatre

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Iconic entertainer Jerry Lewis sat in a director’s chair for his 45-minute stand-up act Friday night at the Culpeper State Theatre, uplifting in laughter a sold-out crowd with his flawless delivery of old-fashioned, off-color jokes and well-seasoned quick wit. “I really have to explain the chair and the cane. I’m four months...

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Hey lady, and gents: Jerry Lewis in Culpeper Friday

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015

by STAR-EXPONENT STAFF Jerry Lewis mania is sweeping the area as the iconic entertainer prepares for a monumental visit to Culpeper on Friday. The 89-year-old Jersey-born comedian, actor, singer, film producer, director and special needs benefactor will perform stand-up at a sold-out show beginning at 8 p.m. in the State Theatre on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Culpeper. Prior the...

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Calling all community players

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015

Director seeks 15 males and 15 females of all ages for community theatre production. Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held Tuesday & Wednesday September 29th & 30th from 7:00pm-9:30pm in the State Theatre auditorium. Call backs will be held October 1st. Schedule is as follows. 6:45-7:15pm – Arrival; Audition Paperwork; Warmups 7:15-8:00pm – One-Liners; Cold Read Speech to practice...

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Best of the Piedmont art exhibit opens Thursday at State Theatre

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Madison County artist Mack Rowe discovers abundant inspiration from his surroundings. “I enjoy portraying the beautiful landscapes around here,” he said. His art is among the local creations going on display — and up for sale — as part of the first “Best of the Piedmont” exhibit opening Thursday at the Culpeper State...

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Library of Congress acquires Jerry Lewis Collection; entertainer to visit Culpeper next month

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis will visit Culpeper next month to perform and to examine the repository of his life’s work at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation on Mount Pony. “He said he wanted to come to Culpeper to see where his stuff is and to meet the people who are taking care of it,”...

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A ‘super smashing’ great time: Gamers gather at State Theatre for Smash Bros. tourney

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015

by Vince Vala, Culpeper Star Exponent In an attempt to outdo the biggest of the big screen televisions on the market, the State Theatre Saturday lent its movie screen to the final rounds of a local video game tournament. For the final matches of the day, the theater on South Main Street transformed itself into as big a game console as one could ever imagine as virtual pugilists fought it out...

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Von Trapp singer to perform at Culpeper State Theatre

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent The foot hills of the Piedmont will resonate with the sounds of time-tested  music at an autumn performance at the Culpeper State Theatre by Elisabeth Von Trapp. A granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp upon which “The Sound of Music” was based, the Vermont folk singer will take the local stage for a Saturday night...

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State Theatre kicks off summer youth camp

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent They hopped around like a kangaroo mowing a lawn. They danced Gangnam Style. And they pretended to play video games. These were just a few improvisation activities five middle school students participated in during the kickoff of the Youth Theatre Camp held at the State Theatre of Culpeper on Monday. The two-week pilot program will teach children from...

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Antioch’s Back to School Jam returns to the State Theatre

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

by Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Longtime Antioch parishioner Darlene Brown would like to provide 1,500 students with bags filled with necessary school supplies, 500 more than last year’s target. And Brown hopes to achieve her goal during this year’s annual Antioch Baptist Church’s Back to School Jam held at the State Theatre of Culpeper in downtown Culpeper at 305 S. Main Street for...

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Pampering Piedmont princesses Sunday in Culpeper

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015

Culpeper Star Exponent Disney dreams will come true this weekend as part of the first ever Piedmont Princesses event in downtown Culpeper for young ladies aged 3 to 13. The State Theatre is partnering with a trio of kid-centric businesses for a parade, party and pampering Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Main Street Hair Studio owner Corrie Gyory came up with the idea. “Being the mother of two...

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State Theatre brings on Barker as outreach coordinator

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Steven Barker of Midlothian is the new full-time events & outreach coordinator for the Culpeper State Theatre. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Barker brings 15 years of experience in youth and family programming, including previously working as a theater teacher, director and lighting designer for organizations such as The...

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Give Local Piedmont garners $730,000 in 24 hours

Posted by on May 7, 2015

Culpeper Star Exponent The day after its 24-hour online fundraiser, Northern Piedmont of Virginia representatives released its final numbers. According to Give Local Piedmont spokeswoman Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire, Tuesday’s figures surpassed last year’s inaugural donations with $730,757, which includes a $100,000 bonus from the Fauquier Health Foundation and $30,000 in prizes. Griffin-Bonnaire said...

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Give Local Piedmont rallies donors for funding

Posted by on May 6, 2015

by Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Although the majority of donors submitted contributions online, nearly 40 people gathered inside the State Theatre’s black box upstairs to watch the automatic leader board move toward the $1 million goal. Around 8 p.m., the online campaign reached its halfway mark. Additionally, the Fauquier Health Foundation donated $100,000 toward the cause. Addressing...

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Castleton Festival growing the arts

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Another new Castleton partnership this year is with the Culpeper State Theatre, which will co-host bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver July 31 in the Main Street venue. State Theatre Board Chairman Collis Jenkins said they are happy to partner with Castleton on the concert. “This is another example of how the State Theatre...

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Alex Caruso Concert Postponed

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015

Hump Day Media has postponed the Alex Caruso concert scheduled for Saturday, May 23 due to unforeseen complications. Please keep an eye on  Alex’s website and Facebook page for details on the rescheduled date.  

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Tracking History

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons (540) 825-0771 ext. 125 Piedmont Railroaders made a pit stop at the State Theatre in downtown Culpeper Saturday and Sunday during the 10th annual Remembrance Days celebration, pleasing train enthusiasts of all ages. But it remains unclear who was more excited: The children observing the model train displays or the people in charge of operating them....

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Proactive on Stage

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons (540) 825-0771 ext. 125 Garrett Davis was a junior in college when his beloved grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I was very close to my grandmother,” said the 50-year-old actor and playwright. “I didn’t know how to handle that and I didn’t even know what Alzheimer’s was at that time. All I know is my grandmother, who I called mother,...

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Aspiring artists show their talents

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons (540) 825-0771 ext. 125 For Jake Samson, creating art just feels good. The Emerald Hill Elementary School fourth-grader made a papier-mâché horse and used oil pastels for the background for artwork displayed during the 13th annual Youth Art Show held at the State Theatre in downtown Culpeper on Saturday. “I think it came out good – the teacher [Kathy...

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Stone set to take reins as manager of the Culpeper State Theatre

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

By Allison Brophy Champion (540) 825-0771 ext. 101 Jodi Stone brings a financial background and love for the arts to her new position as manager of the Culpeper State Theatre. Stone began her work with the theater as an executive assistant nearly two years ago, weeks after the circa 1938 building reopened as a live arts and film venue. Stone moved to Culpeper six years...

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Miss Culpeper Scholarship Pageant crowns winner

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015

By Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent Esther Sewordor said she’s feeling amazing on the heels of winning first place and Miss Congeniality during Friday’s 2015 Miss Culpeper Scholarship Pageant. The Eastern View High School junior collected a $2,000 scholarship toward college as the top prize.Esther competed against 11 other finalists from Eastern View and Culpeper County High schools at the...

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Top 10 entertainment/history events in Culpeper of 2014

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

By Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent More and more, Culpeper is standing on its own merits as a legitimate destination to come and enjoy the arts, all the while maintaining its special sense of history, and allowing locals to find quality entertainment close to home. With the opening of the historic State Theatre in May of 2013 and enhanced offerings – all of them free...

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Bluegrass royalty

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014

By Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent A fifth generation Missouri musician, Rhonda Vincent started performing professionally at the age of 5. She certainly has perfected the art of bluegrass, winning countless awards with her vibrant vocals and acoustic prowess. More than a decade ago, The Wall Street Journal dubbed Vincent “the new Queen of Bluegrass,” and it’s an...

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Money rocks State Theatre

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014

By Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Eddie Money gave the consummate rock show Halloween night at the State Theatre in Culpeper, heavy on volume, showmanship, crowd interaction and electric guitar. He treated a costumed audience of about 500 to all of his greatest hits during the 90-minute set that stood the test of time. Brooklyn’s native son was in top form too, sporting his...

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Cha-ching: Eddie Money plays Culpeper on Halloween

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

By Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent Rock idol Eddie Money comes to Culpeper Oct. 31 for a special Halloween show at the State Theatre. The Brooklyn-born artist hit the top of the charts in 1986 with “Take Me Home Tonight,” a Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector. Money had a string of other hits including “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “The Love In...

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Antioch’s Back To School Jam slated for Saturday at the State Theatre

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014

By Rhonda Simmons, Culpeper Star Exponent This weekend, the State Theatre has a little something for everyone from movie enthusiasts to music lovers. Friday evening, Indie-rock/folksy band Carbon Leaf will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This seasoned band “weaves their signature indie-rock blend of Celtic, Appalachian, folk and country into a rousing new...

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State Theatre Bosendorfer

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent CHARLOTTESVILLE – A beautiful Viennese piano constructed a year before Culpeper’s State Theatre will assume center stage there when the art deco arts center opens on Main Street in 2013. An expert crew at Charlottesville Piano Company on Rio Road has lovingly restored the Bosendorfer over many months, instilling hundreds of hours to bring it...

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