Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly will perform at Museum of the Albemarle Jan. 12, 7 p.m.
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Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly will perform at Museum of the Albemarle Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Music, drama to warm up January in EC

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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The holiday hoopla may be cooling down, but a full calendar of great performances will keep local audiences warm in January. Here’s what’s on tap next month in Elizabeth City:

• The first show is on Jan. 12. That’s when singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly will take the stage at Museum of the Albemarle.

Opening for Jolly will be members of Out ‘n the Cold, Sutter’s Gold Streak Band and The Five Star Band.

“A diverse, classically trained vocalist, Jolly’s voice is said to embody the early belting power of Linda Ronstadt combined the delicate lilt of Alison Krauss,” according to Jolly’s website.

Born in North Carolina, Jolly was the recipient of Western Carolina University’s Young Alumni Award and has earned a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.

— The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for MOA members or $20 for non-members.

• On Jan. 18, College of the Albemarle has booked a comedy/musical act that has been building a steady following since it landed an off-Broadway run back in 2002. Originally created for corporate retreats, The Water Coolers incorporates current topics and popular music parodies with comedy that critics say cut to the foundation of the corporate work-a-day world.

“Anyone who suffers through the 9-5 grind ... will find plenty to relate to in THE WATER COOLERS ... sharp comic timing and enormous energy,” wrote The New York Post.

The folks at COA say this is a PG-13 musical comedy revue.

— The show is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For ticket information call the box office at 252-335-9050.

• If you were fortunate enough to catch playwright/actor Mike Wiley’s “Blood Done Sign My Name,” last year at The Maguire, you won’t want to miss his latest show, The Parchman Hour, playing Jan 18.

Wiley’s latest production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. In 1961, the original 13 riders boarded a bus in Washington, D.C., bound for points south to protest segregation. On more than one occasion they barely came out alive.

“The Parchman Hour” is presented in the style of the old television variety shows, exploring some of the tenser months of the movement. The play brings to the stage oral histories and conversations from the Freedom Rider’s iconic participants, on both sides of the ideological road.

— The production opens at The Maguire at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information call 252-338-6455.

• Returning to Elizabeth City and The Maguire Theatre on Jan. 25 is the Piano Performance Team. The team is a group of piano students from across the state chosen each year by audition. This year’s team consists of five young men and women ages 10 to 18. Last year AOA’s director of performing arts, Billy Caudle, said the team’s performance was inspirational. So much so, he swore to bring them back, and so he did.

— This group of young musicians will perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For more information call 252-338-6455.