Due to the severe conditions following Hurricane Matthew, our scheduled membership meeting will no longer be held tomorrow, October 10, but will be held on October 17 instead.

Also, auditions for A Christmas Carol have also been pushed back a week from October 11-12 to October 18-19.

As previously stated, today’s performance of Sylvia has been cancelled and rescheduled for next weekend, October 14-15.

We appreciate your understanding in all of this as safety to our members and our patrons is very important to all of us.


Due to the threat of severe weather and flooding from Hurricane Matthew, tonight and tomorrow’s performances of Sylvia will be cancelled. We are planning to reschedule them for next Friday and Saturday (October 14-15). If you had tickets for tonight or tomorrow, we will honor them at those performances. We appreciate your understanding, and we take pride in insuring the safety of our performers and our patrons. Please stay safe and we hope to see you tomorrow at the show.

Auditions for A Christmas Carol are Approaching!

We are excited to cast our Ninth Annual production of A Christmas Carol! This is the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his search for redemption and the true meaning of Christmas as he is visited by three spirits who take him on a magical journey! We are looking for a great cast to take that ride along with Scrooge! So please join us for auditions so you can be a part of a terrific show that has become a staple of the holiday season in Wayne County!
Audition Details:
October 18 & 19, 2016 starting at 6:30pm
Dogwood 201 at Wayne Community College
300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC
A Christmas Carol (Ninth Annual) production dates:
December 9-10, 2016 at 7:30 pm
December 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm
at the Paramount Theatre (139 South Center Street, Downtown Goldsboro). Individual and Season Tickets on sale now at or over the phone at (919) 583-8432

2015-2016 Herman Winners Announced!

Here are the winners for the 2015-2016 Herman Awards!

Best Show of the Season: Fiddler on the Roof

Best Direction of a Play or Musical: Jayson Keeton, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Set: Bill Royall, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Costuming: Heather Kaye, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play or Musical: Michael Manning, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play or Musical: Susan Leigh, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical: Clay Raines, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical: Allayna Decker, The Pajama Game

Best Special Performance by an Actor in a Play or Musical: Gene McLendon, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Special Performance by an Actress in a Play or Musical: Katlyn Batts, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Vocal Performance by an Actor in a Musical: Elliott Turner, The Pajama Game

Best Vocal Performance by an Actress in a Musical: Bailey Sutton, The Pajama Game

The Katherine Costa Award for Best Choreography: Lauren Bridgers, Fiddler on the Roof

The Rich and KJ Bernstein Production Team Award: Mike Saviak, Anne Angelo, Anne Merritt, Lauren Cooper, Megan Sullivan; Fiddler on the Roof

Lifetime Achievement Award: Fran Newby

Fran Newby Award: Debbie McLendon

Shannon Horton Award: Bekah Shimer

Newcomer Award: Emily Polashek

President’s Award: Karen Parrish

The Pajama Game Director’s Award: Anne Merritt

Vintage Hitchcock Director’s Award: Lilly Langston

A Christmas Carol Director’s Award: Wanda Becton

Moon Over Buffalo Director’s Award: Karen Parrish

Fiddler on the Roof Director’s Award: Mike Saviak

Sylvia Cast Announced!

We are very pleased to announce the cast for our upcoming show, Sylvia! The show will be held October 7-9 at the Wayne County Museum. Tickets are on sale NOW for the show, so start spreading the word. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (919) 583-8432 or in-person at the Paramount Box Office located inside the theatre at 139 South Center Street in Historic Downtown Goldsboro.

Sylvia: Nicole Weintraub

Greg: Thomas Mejia

Kate: Cindy Roy

Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: Keith Parrish


We are please to announce the cast for 39th season opener – Into the Woods! We were blown away by the local talent we received! Over the next few days we will be collecting a chorus for the show so more of you can be involved. If there are any questions, please email for more information. Tickets are on sale NOW for the show, so start spreading the word. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (919) 583-8432 or in-person at the Paramount Box Office located inside the theatre at 139 South Center Street in Historic Downtown Goldsboro

Into the Woods Cast

The Narrator/Cinderella’s Mother – Wanda Becton
The Witch – Susan Leigh
The Baker – Clay Boney
The Baker’s Wife – Sara Potter
Cinderella – Bekah Shimer
Cinderella’s Step Mother – Tyanna Yonkers
Florinda (Step Sister) – Michael Adams
Lucinda (Step Sister) – Isabelle Moore
Cinderella’s Prince – Jim Grant
Steward – Caleb Turik
Rapunzel’s Prince – John Cullen Grantham
Rapunzel – Emily Polashek
Red Riding Hood – Emma Herlong
The Wolf – Eli Bradley
Granny – Allayna Decker
Jack – Keagan Kermode
Jack’s Mom – Linda Sampson
Milky White – Olivia Durfey
Harp – Cassie Erdmann
Mysterious Old Man – Clifton Cuddington

Wayne Summer Literacy Theatre Audition and Performance Information

Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know about an upcoming audition opportunity for the Wayne Summer Literacy Theatre! This is a collaboration of Center Stage Theatre and the Wayne County Public Library. Auditions are for children ages 8-12 and will be held this Friday, July 8th, at 3 pm at the Weil Auditorium in the Goldsboro Library (located on Ash Street).The performance of this program will be on Friday, July 29th, at the Parks and Recreation Auditorium at 903 E Ash Street, Goldsboro! Rehearsals will be held Mondays from 6-8pm, Wednesday’s (7/13 & 7/27, 12-2p and 7/20, 6-8pm), and Friday’s 4-6pm.
In collaboration with Center Stage, the library will serve as the location for this new summer event. Children will read and rehearse a short play as well as be introduced to theatre technique. The intent is to encourage children to read during the summer and to give them an opportunity to participate in a theatrical production. The props, set, and costumes will be very simple. There is no cost for children to participate. All parents are asked to remain on the library grounds and are welcome to observe the activity. For more information, email
We hope to see some talented young people at auditions, and we hope to see all of you at the performance!

Sylvia Audition Information

The auditions for Sylvia will be held on July 25th and 26th. They will begin at 6:30 pm and last until 8:00 pm. The auditions will take place at the Wayne County Museum, located at 116 N William street in Downtown Goldsboro.  For those who plan to audition, they will be asked to read excerpts from the script for their auditions. Rehearsals will begin the week of August 22nd, and the show will take place October 7th through October 9th at the Wayne County Museum.
  • Sylvia: female 20 – 30, sexy, bouncy
  • Greg:  male     40 – 50, business like
  • Kate:   female  40 – 50,  Greg’s wife, business like
  • Tom/Phyllis/Lesile: male 30 – 50, (plays three roles 1 male, 2 female) cross dressing is a must
Play Synopsis
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty two years of child-raising in the suburbs.  Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities.  Greg brings home a dog he found in the park – or that has found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. 
A street smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.   She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age.  To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection.  And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog.  
The marriage is put into serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
We look forward to seeing many people at auditions and at the show!


Into the Woods Character Descriptions and Information

Into the Woods – Character Descriptions

Please note that ages are subject to participation. Send any questions you may have to and mention the role in question.

The Narrator
Male or Female, age 18-64, Vocal Range: G2-E4.
A librarian who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses his/her self in the story.
Educated, Engaging, Expendable

The Witch
Female, age 35-55, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
After losing her mother’s magic beans, she is cursed with “ugliness”. She believes that if she can reverse this curse she will be able to secure a lasting life with a child she has kidnapped and kept in a tower. Through her journey, she comes to realize that her wish will not bring her the happiness that she has longed for and decides to take her fate in her own hands.
Twisted, Torn, Triadic

The Baker
Male, age 25-45, Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4.
This man is scared by past abandonment and is just trying to get by in life. Because of the lack of a male’s influence, he can’t grasp the reality of being a man, a husband, or a father. As we progress through the show, he learns life is messy and no one is truly alone.
Innocent, Idealist, Ignorant

The Baker’s Wife
Female, age 25-45, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
A mid-western house wife type desperately seeking for her life to be different. I’m not sure if she knows what she wants. Her wishes vary between children to a more glamorous life of royalty. Desperate, Determined, Dreamer

Female, age 16-30, Vocal Range: G3-G5.
She too wishes her life were different. However upon getting her wish, she realizes it’s not what she thought it would be. How can she find middle ground in an ever changing world?
Hopeful, Honorable, Hesitant

Cinderella’s Prince
Male, age 20-40, Vocal Range: B2-F4.
Men and Women all want to either be or be with him and he knows it. This playboy is use to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next.
Self-centered, Shallow, Shame-less

Red Riding Hood
Female, age 15-20, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
Coming from a life of privilege, this little one must learn to be more cautious. Her carefree lifestyle comes in contact with dangers beyond her imagination. How she deals with these situations will force her to take a good look at herself and everything she thinks she knows. Careless, Caught, Challenged

Male, age 15-25, Vocal Range: B2-G4.
Feeling he has no friends in the world, he finds solace in the family’s cow. Unable to read his surroundings, he lives his life in dream land. It’s not until he trades the cow for magic beans that his gigantic adventures begin. His quest up a beanstalk teaches him lessons he never thought he would learn. However, with all his experiences he is still search for the ways of being a man. Bullied, Boyish, Beginner

Jack’s Mother
Female or Male, age 35-60, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A single mother left by a dead beat husband to raise a clueless son whose imaginary friend is a cow. This is a woman who loves her son but wishes he would grow up. She has been beaten down by a life of poverty until her son finds a golden hen. How will she handle this new found way of life?
Jaded, Jilted, Justified

Female, age 15-30, Vocal Range: B3-A5.
How would you feel if your whole life you’d been trapped in a tower with only a crazy witch to talk to? Here we find a girl who wishes to see the outside world. However her lack of human contact or knowledge of the world proves to be a challenge for her. Upon being banished to aremote desert with her twins by a wondering stranger, she cracks.
Utopian, Used, Unglued

Rapunzel’s Prince
Male, age 17-40, Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4.
After having to live in his brother’s shadow for so long, this handsome young lad sets out to seek his own adventures. Upon falling in love with a dreamlike maiden, he is pierced with the realities of life. Will he pursue a family life or try to find happiness elsewhere?
Attractive, Adoring, Annoyed

Cinderella’s Step-Mother
Female or Male, age 40-60, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.
Lucinda, Florinda (Step-Sisters)
Females, age 16-40, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5.
These three women are always pursuing a glamorous lifestyle to save them from their current situation. They wear the best that they have in order to mask their poverty. They are like vultures in that they find joy feeding off others.
Fake, Frustrated, Flighty

Mysterious Old Man
Male, age 50-65, Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4.
Is he a beggar or a hermit or father to half of our characters? We know at least he is the father of the Baker and Rapunzel. This man is either on the run from responsibilities or can’t stand to face the guilt he has to live with from all the pain he has caused. You decide.
Wacky, Weathered, Withdrawn

Cinderella’s Mother (Off Stage)
Female, age 40-55, Vocal Range: G3-A Flat 5.
Her projection of reality is heavenly. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes.
Heavenly, Helpful, Holographic

Male, age 18-35, Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4.
This creature is always on the lookout for his next meal. He entices his victims with flowers and fun until they willingly succumb to his desires.
Resourceful, Ruthless, Rocker

Male, age 30-50, Ensemble Singer.
A man servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room.
Conniving, Callous, Coward

Female, age 40-65, Ensemble Singer.
This is a woman who has been calloused by life. The fire in her eyes is only out shined by the love in her heart for her granddaughter.
Feisty, Fearless, Fierce

Milky White
Female or Male, age 15-60, Ensemble Singer.
A cow that’s seen better days but is best friends with Jack.
Fast, Funny, Fatigued

2015-2016 Herman Nominees Announced!

We are excited to announce the nominees for our 2015-2016 Herman Awards! The Herman Awards Banquet is an annual tradition by Center Stage Theatre. Think of them as our own “Mini-Tony Awards” night. Started in 1982, the Herman Awards allow us to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication that our casts and crews have shown over the season. The Hermans are voted upon by our season ticket holders and voting members (ballots will be mailed soon).

We invite you to join us for the Herman Awards Banquet on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the First Baptist Church located at 125 John Street in Historic Downtown Goldsboro. A social hour starts at 5:30 pm with the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm. The theme of this year’s awards banquet is “Pajama Party.” Bring your best (FAMILY-FRIENDLY) pajamas so you can sit back and relax as we reflect and celebrate the casts and crews of our 2015-2016 season.

Please RSVP by August 7, 2016. Tickets are $10/each and you can RSVP by sending a check in the mail to: Center Stage Theatre, P.O. Box 1255, Goldsboro, NC 27533. Tickets are also available over the phone at (919) 583-8432 or online.

Best Show of the Season

The Pajama Game
Vintage Hitchcock
A Christmas Carol
Moon Over Buffalo
Fiddler on the Roof

Best Direction of a Play or Musical

Cathy Woods for The Pajama Game
Steven Langston for Vintage Hitchcock
Sandra Evans for Christmas Carol
Keith Parrish for Moon Over Buffalo
Jayson Keeton for Fiddler on the Roof

Best Set

Dan Millard for The Pajama Game
Bill Royall for Vintage Hitchcock
Robbie Martin for A Christmas Carol
Gene McLendon for Moon Over Buffalo
Bill Royall for Fiddler on the Roof

Best Costuming

Sandra Evans for The Pajama Game
Langston Family for Vintage Hitchcock
Deanne Morris for A Christmas Carol
Heather Kaye for Moon Over Buffalo
Heather Kaye for Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play or Musical

Elliot Turner as Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game
John B. Gillis as Announcer in Vintage Hitchcock
Gene McLendon as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Gene McLendon as George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo
Michael Manning as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play or Musical

Baily Sutton as Babe Wiliams in The Pajama Game
Sue Nobers as Actor 4 in Vintage Hitchcock
Emily Polashek as Belle in A Christmas Carol
Sue Nobers as Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo
Susan Leigh as Goldie in Fiddler on the Roof

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical

Gene McLendon as Prez in The Pajama Game
Brett Taylor as Actor 3 in Vintage Hitchcock
Matt Gore as Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol
Clay Raines as Paul Singer in Moon Over Buffalo
Clay Raines as Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical

Allayna Decker as Gladys in The Pajama Game
Morgan Johnson as Shadow in Vintage Hitchcock
Sean Romero-Godshall as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol
Brooke King as Roz Hay in Moon Over Buffalo
Emma Herlong as Chava in Fiddler on the Roof 

Best Special Performance by an Actor in a Play or Musical

Dan Millard as Pop Williams in The Pajama Game
David Langston as Foley Artist in Vintage Hitchcock
Heath Radford as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol
Kenan Stewart as Howard in Moon Over Buffalo
Gene McLendon as Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof

Best Special Performance by an Actress in a Play or Musical

Christy Stafford as Poopsie in The Pajama Game
Chloe Langston as Shadow in Vintage Hitchcock
Gretchen Jordan as Charwoman in A Christmas Carol
Debbie McLendon as Ethel in Moon Over Buffalo
Katlyn Batts as Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof

Best Vocal Performance by an Actor in a Musical

Elliot Turner as Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game
Kenan Stewart as Vernon Hines in The Pajama Game
Vincent Bridgers as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof
Keagan Kermode as Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof

Best Vocal Performance by an Actress in a Musical

Baily Sutton as Babe Williams in The Pajama Game
Wanda Becton as Mabel in The Pajama Game
Olivia Durfey as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof
Bekah Shimer as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof

The Katherine Costa Award for Best Choreography

Crystal Hodges for The Pajama Game
Crystal Hodges for A Christmas Carol
Vincent Bridgers for Moon Over Buffalo
Lauren Bridgers for Fiddler on the Roof

The Rich and KJ Bernstein Production Team Award

The Pajama Game: Anne Merritt, Asst.Director; Karen Parrish, Producer; Venessa Therrien, Stage Manager; Deanne Morris, Properties Manager

Vintage Hitchcock: Chrystlynn Richie, Asst. Director; Vincent Bridgers, Producer; Jayson Keeton, Organist; David Langston, Sound Effects; Allayna Decker, Stage Manager

A Christmas Carol: Wanda Becton, Asst. Director; Karen Parrish, Producer; Cathy Woods, Stage Manager; Christie Mayo, Properties Manager; Jessie Fields, Make-up

Moon Over Buffalo: Karen Parrish, Producer; Cathy Woods, Stage Manager; Anne Merritt, Properties Manager; Jessie Fields, Make-up

Fiddler on the Roof: Mike Saviak, Stage Manager; Anne Angelo, Production Manager; Anne Merritt, Properties Manager; Lauren Cooper, Helper; Megan Sullivan, Helper

Other Awards that will be given the night of the banquet:
Director’s Awards
Newcomer Award
Shannon Horton Award
Fran Newby Award
President’s Award
Lifetime Achievement Award