The Arts Abound at Hampton Roads Venues

April 16, 2015

One look at the Lake Prince Woods Anchorage Activity calendar shows how much our residents love attending cultural arts events. Almost every week there's an outing to a play, concert, or exhibition. We're blessed to live in the Hampton Roads area, a region that has numerous entertainment venues.

The Virginia Arts Festival offers performances in dance, music, art, and theatre.

Right in our own backyard is Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. The former Suffolk High School was transformed into a full-fledged cultural arts center offering dramatic and musical performances, gallery space for exhibits, art, dance, and exercise classes for all ages and a restaurant. Lake Prince Woods recently partnered with SCCA to show the movie, "Honor Flight: One Last Mission".

A short drive away in Portsmouth is NTelos Pavilion, a venue that offers both covered arena seating and lawn areas for bring-your-own seating. Musical performances cover the spectrum from hard rock to big band.

Harrison Opera House, in Norfolk, was once a World War II USO theatre. It underwent a massive renovation in 1993 and features glittering chandeliers, sweeping staircases and bistro tables for sipping champagne. Its resident company is the Virginia Opera Company.

Built in 1919, Attucks Theatre was known in its heyday as the Apollo Theatre of the South. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole are among the legendary performers who graced its stage. In 1977 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Chrysler Hall opened in 1972. Its resident companies include Broadway in Norfolk, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Forum, Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Ballet.

Home to circuses, conventions, concerts, family shows, and the Norfolk Admirals hockey team is Scope Arena.

Historic Wells Theatre was built in 1913. Big names of stage and screen such as Fred and Adele Astair, Will Rogers, Billy Burke, and John Phillip Sousa performed there. The theater was beautifully restored in 1986.

Located in Town Center in Virginia Beach is the Sandler Center. Its "YNOT Wednesdays" free summer concert series is popular as are the various children's summer camps in performing arts.

The Ferguson Center in Newport News is only nine years old but has already had more than 1 million people attend performances there.

Come join us as we take advantage of the many cultural offerings in Hampton Roads. To find out more about the creative, fulfilling lifestyle at Lake Prince Woods contact Kaye Albin, 757-923-5504, [email protected] or Trish Alt, 757-923-5559, [email protected]