Opportunity abounds in the 2022-23 Performing Arts Season at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.
The 49th season at the performing arts center boasts a diverse blend of Broadway and music hits, as well as unforgettable new talent and genre-defining legends.
“We’ll be here with you every step of the way,” Patron Services Manager Jessica Durham said. “We have a fantastic box office staff – including Centre students who you will likely meet at the window or over the phones during the school year, and our full-time staff. We are here to help you curate your perfect season AND save you money.”
The Norton Center season kicks off Sept. 11 and will feature three blockbuster Broadway hits, storytelling with Kentucky Poet Laureates, powerful vocals and genre-defining maestros.
“This will be my first full season at the Norton Center and I love the diversity of what we are bringing this year,” said Box Office and Data Coordinator Crystal Viray. “I’m certain we will have something you’ll love on our stages.”
Durham celebrated her 10-year work anniversary at the Norton Center in 2022, while Viray started in March. The pair are joined by Centre students in the box office throughout the year. Students like Peyton Donahoe ‘22, who graduated with a degree in Anthropology/Sociology and has worked at the Norton Center since 2018.
“We are thrilled to have Peyton continuing with us this summer before she begins her next big adventure in Edelweiss, Germany this fall,” Durham said. “She will be your first line assistance in renewing or becoming a new subscriber.”
Donahoe said she has countless positive memories at the Norton Center.
“Some of my favorite memories at Centre were here at the Norton Center,” Donahoe said. “I’ll never forget watching Styx in 2019, and I love that I can see performers from around the world right here in Danville, Kentucky.”
World-class performances in central Kentucky are part of the experience at the Norton Center.
“We try our best to express just how many engagement opportunities we have,” Viray said. “TasteMAKER subscribers can meet the artists after the show. We also offer jam sessions on stage before many of our performances for free, and just last year we added pop-up parties in the lobby before all Newlin Hall performances. Expect all that and more this year!”
Engagement opportunities aren’t just for subscribers: As house manager last year, Donahoe greeted thousands of individuals coming to Norton Center events.
“Centre students love to take advantage of the fun engagement opportunities like the jam sessions and gallery talks,” she said. “The pop-up parties are a fun, themed way to get excited prior to the performance. Last year we saw some dance-offs in the lobby, tasty mocktails and cupcakes, and other exciting entertainment before performances.”
Subscriptions are the best way to get involved at the Norton Center: Subscribers not only save up to 25 percent and get invitations to exclusive parties and first access to any additional performances. Centre faculty and staff receive double the discount and students receive free tickets.
“With our great lineup, you’re sure to find at least three shows you would like to attend during our 22-23 season, that’s all it takes to be a subscriber, get great seats, save money and get great perks,” Durham said. ”It’s the best way to get involved and support the arts.”