Get out and enjoy the arts

Published 8:47 pm Monday, August 31, 2015

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is set to kick off an exciting new season Oct. 9, with the arrival of The Capitol Steps, a group from Washington, D.C., that is known for political satire that takes bites from both sides of the aisle, as it were.

SCCA officials are justifiably excited about The Capitol Steps — the troupe has a long history of popularity on the stage and on television, and it’s likely this will be a sold-out show — but they’re also justifiably excited about the rest of the venue’s upcoming season, too.

There will be a free appearance by the U.S. Air Force Langley Winds and another free show, “A Chowan Christmas,” which will open in Suffolk and then head straight to New York’s Carnegie Hall.

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Speaking of New York, the Big Apple is likely to be a big feature in the Dec. 13 production “It’s a Wonderful Life — Live from WVL Radio Theatre.” The show is an adaptation of Frank Capra’s beloved film, and Suffolk theater-goers are sure to delight in the head-spinning film-adapted-to-radio-played-on-the-stage fun.

For those looking for a more cultured approach to performance art, the Virginia Opera will bring “Deep River: The Marian Anderson Story” to town. And on a lighter musical note, Alice Tan Ridley — mother of “Precious” actress Gabourey Sidibe and featured in her own right during the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent” — will perform, too.

Music is a big draw for folks coming to the arts center, and there’s plenty more of it in store. “Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience” will bring the sounds of the Fab Four. The Boxcars will showcase the bluegrass folks around the area have been clamoring for. Masters of Soul will likely play to a sold-out auditorium. And Ron Sharpe and Barbra Russell, who played the young romantic leads in “Les Miserables,” will present all the best songs from Broadway musicals past and present.

And speaking of pirates — weren’t we? — “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told” will bring a load of improvisational fun to Suffolk to close out a big season.

There’s truly something for everyone at the SCCA this year. Check the center’s website,, for the complete schedule. Get out and enjoy the arts — right here in Suffolk.