Mill Mountain Theatre

Center in the Square is proud to house one of the country’s top professional nonprofit regional theatres. Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) has served for almost 50 years as a nationally recognized professional, regional performing arts theatre committed to producing the highest quality theatre in Southwest Virginia, actively promoting and developing new theatre works, strengthening the artistic influence in the community through education and outreach, seeking and developing new audiences, and providing a diverse population access to both alternative and traditional theatre.

Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory (MMTC) is the educational wing of Mill Mountain Theatre offering several scholarships to low-income individuals on as-needed basis. MMT works together and collaborates with other theatres and professional arts organizations across the region to provide excellent programming for the citizens of Southwest Virginia.

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Announcing 2019 Season

*Single Shows Now On Sale*

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 Peter Rabbit



Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and Book by Doug WrightComedy, Family, Musical, Young Audiences | July 31 – August 11

Journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater utopia, mermaid Ariel’s only wish is to live on land. But first she’ll have to meet a prince, defy her father, and strike up a deal with an evil sea witch! Classic songs like “Part of Your World”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Kiss the Girl” and more appear in this one-hour version of the story we all know and love. This fully produced production featuring local youth is perfect for the whole family. In conjunction with this production, MMT will distribute free books to children in attendance, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy.


Concert | August 23 – August 24

Sit back and enjoy all of your favorite songs from Hollywood’s Greatest Blockbusters: from  Titanic to The Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing to The Graduate. You will not want to miss this journey of music through the golden age of cinema at Mill Mountain Theatre. Come join us in this celebration of music through 100 years of movie magic.

The Glass



Play by Tennessee WilliamsDrama | September 25 – October 6

Said to be one of the greatest plays in the 20th Century, come see The Glass Menagerie, the “memory play” that catapulted beloved playwright Tennessee Williams to fame. This riveting drama is set in 1937’s St. Louis, and follows the fragile Wingfield family: Tom, an aspiring poet, his painfully shy sister Laura, and their mother Amanda, a faded southern belle. Dreams and reality collide in this play of exquisite beauty.

The Glass Menagerie

Romeo and Juliet


Play by William ShakespeareDrama, Young Audiences | October 19 – October 26

In October, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is re-envisioned in an imaginative and theatrical adaptation on the Waldron Stage. Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, family feuds, and inevitable tragedy takes on a new life with local youth performers. Romeo and Juliet is appropriate for middle and high school students, and this production will feature student performers, designers, and technicians. The Pay-What-You-Can performances will include the distribution of free books to students, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy. Tickets are only available 30 minutes prior to each performance and are pay what you can.


Play by Duncan MacMillan and Jonny DonahoeComedy, Drama | November 7 – November 10

“You’re six years old. Your mother’s in the hospital. You’re told she finds it hard to be happy. So you start making a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world: 1. Ice Cream, 2. Kung Fu Movies, 3. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose.”

Touching, funny, and brilliantly stripped down, Every Brilliant Thing is one-person show about an individual’s journey with their mother and her struggle with mental health.The Guardian calls it “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.”


Family, Musical | December 4 – December 22

The hills are alive in the Roanoke Valley this holiday season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music, best known for its film adaptation starring Julie Andrews as the high-spirited governess Fraulein Maria. This 1959 classic has songs like “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Do-Re-Mi’, and “The Sound of Music”, perfect for the whole family. Share this heartwarming story with a cast that mixes national talent with your local favorites in Roanoke’s most beloved musical: The Sound of Music.

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Roanoke Ballet Theatre,Inc.

Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Inc. (RBT) is one of Virginia’s preeminent dance companies, and is known nationwide for its innovative and exciting ballet and cutting-edge modern performances and is Roanoke’s only non-profit school of dance, providing excellent instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and specialty classes for all ages and skill levels. Dedicated to the heritage, development and promotion of dance, RBT is committed to offering excellent dance instruction in a diverse range of styles and levels; creating and sustaining a challenging artistic environment; providing a variety of performing opportunities for dancers; and offering our community a variety of opportunities to experience dance.

RBT maintains a Company of professional and student artists that offers performances and tours throughout the year. RBT’s teaching philosophy embraces a holistic approach, wherein each student is regarded as a “whole” being, and not just as a dancer needing technical training. Positive attitudes, good nutrition, teamwork, creativity, and personal commitment are all important components of instruction.

Past projects which have received international recognition for innovation include Bluegrass Ballet with the Del McCoury Band, Aerial Ballet, and NASCAR Ballet. RBT has presented and/or performed in concert with North Carolina Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Moscow State Ballet, Guangdong, Richmond Ballet, Doug Varone and Dancers; and individual artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Dance Institute, School of American Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Charleston Ballet, National Ballet of Ecuador, Mongolian National Ballet, Merce Cunningham Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Urban Bush Women, Pilobolous, Moving Poets, and others.

For more details about Roanoke Ballet, School of RBT, Roanoke City Ballet, City Modern Ensemble, and Tinker Showcase please visit

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Opera Roanoke

Southwest Virginia’s only professional opera company, Opera Roanoke presents fully-staged productions and a variety of smaller-scale presentations each year. Scott Williamson is the General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, where he was an Associate Conductor, Chorus Master, and artist beginning in 1998. Steven White, Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Advisor, is one of North America’s premiere conductors of both operatic and symphonic repertoire.

Opera Roanoke has moved its offices into the Center in the Square facility in order to enhance its budgetary position, take advantage of in-house benefits, and to support a strategic cost-savings move by Center in the Square.

Guest artists of national and international distinction perform on the Opera Roanoke stage. Southwest Virginia’s pool of talent is an integral part of the Opera Roanoke experience. The Roanoke Symphony is the official orchestra of Opera Roanoke. The Roanoke College Children’s Choir, Roanoke Ballet Theater, and the Blacksburg Master Chorale are just some of the outstanding local organizations that frequently add luster to Opera Roanoke productions.

Educational and outreach programs and activities of Opera Roanoke allow persons of all ages and socio-economic levels to enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of opera. Teacher Resources offer information relative to performances with cross-curricular ideas for lessons that meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Opera Roanoke also introduces local students to production cast members through in-school performances. These free programs offer opportunities for students to interact with singers while learning more about opera and its career opportunities.

Most significantly, Opera Roanoke is proud to offer the Sempre Libera Program – Free Admission for Students! This initiative encourages students of all ages to attend any performances entirely free of charge. Italian for “always free,” Sempre Libera allows students the opportunity to experience an art form that encompasses everything young people love: high drama, thrilling music, sly humor and extravagant costumes regardless of ability to pay.

Opera Roanoke’s administrative offices are housed in Center in the Square at Center on Church – performances held in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center. Performance tickets may be purchased through Jefferson Center Box Office

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Desire of the Soul: A Recital of African-American Art Song

Trinkle MainStage | November 3

Miami native, soprano Christine Jobson and renowned pianist, Dr. Gregory Thompson present a one-afternoon-only concert featuring the work of history’s most notable African American composers.  With songs by H.T. Burleigh, Betty Jackson King, and Florence Price, this is a lesson in culture you will not want to miss.  Witness the power of the human voice in an intimate and relaxed setting on the Trinkle Mainstage at Center in the Square.  A reception will follow at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture for subscribers and invited guests.

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To purchase a season subscription, please contact Brooke Tolley at Opera Roanoke directly. 

Phone: (540) 982-742 Email:

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The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1953, is the largest professional orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond. In 1986 the Roanoke Symphony hired its first full-time, resident music director, Victoria Bond; established its professional status; and made a public commitment to artistic excellence and meaningful educational programs. Since that time, the orchestra has been recognized nationally for its artistic achievements, its innovative education programs and its unique outreach to diverse audiences.

David Stewart Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director and Conductor of both New York’s Long Island Philharmonic and Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Wiley’s tenure with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra continues to be a remarkable success story, and the RSO is rapidly becoming an example for a successful new artistic business model for a vital and stable regional orchestra. Under his artistic leadership, the RSO balanced budget has almost tripled, with dramatically increased artistic quality, community excitement, endowment growth, and increased ticket sales. Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts organizations throughout the region, and innovative events like “RSO Rocks” have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences.

Green Room

The administrative offices for RSO are located on the second level of the historic Shenandoah Hotel building at 128 East Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke with studio space for David Stewart Wiley, Music Director and Conductor of the RSO, occupying the north-east corner of the building on the ground level. Picture windows open up the space and invite observers to enjoy a glimpse into the excitement of the Symphony and engage the public in downtown Roanoke.

“The Green Room” is the heart of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s new location just steps away from Roanoke’s downtown City Market. Wiley, together with RSO musicians, are able to advance opportunities for participation in the arts and strengthen the RSO’s integration into the cultural and educational mainstream of our community. Visit The Green Room for music, learning, and fun in the rhythm of Roanoke’s downtown city center. Programs are given by RSO musicians, music director David Stewart Wiley, plus guest speakers and performers.

For more details about the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Youth Symphony, In-School Ensembles, and RSO’s Educational Programs, please visit