Student-Juried Art Exhibition Awards Reception & Film Festival

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​Thomas Nelson’s Visual Arts Department is showcasing student talent during its Annual Student-Juried Art Exhibition through Thursday, April 17 on the Hampton campus in the Dr.  Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall. Free and open to the public, the exhibit features 2D, 3D and multimedia pieces.

An Awards Reception takes place on Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. followed by a Student Film Festival at 7 p.m. The free festival will include a diverse lineup of entries, including commercials, music videos and public service announcements. Motion graphic works, including animation, typography in motion and network logo pieces will also be featured.

“Our jury will be awarding $400 in prizes to [student artists in] certain categories:  fine art, photography, graphic design and video.  This is our first juried student show and we are very excited.  We have entries displayed not only upstairs but in the downstairs gallery hallway in Templin [Hall]… the students are excited,” said Visual Arts Department Head Cece Wheeler.

Thomas Nelson Performing Arts to Hold Auditions for ‘Pirates of Penzance’

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Community members with a passion for the stage can show off their acting ability at Thomas Nelson
Community College during open auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  Stage hopefuls
can audition Monday, April 14 or Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian
Auditorium (MTCA) in Templin Hall.

Thomas Nelson’s Performing Arts Department will present the comedic operetta July 11- 20 at MTCA
with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Performers interested in a chorus part are asked to bring 16 bars of music to sing. American
musical theater selections are acceptable. Those seeking a principal role are asked to bring a second 16-bar
selection in a contrasting style to demonstrate range along with a prepared one-minute monologue. An
accompanist will be provided for musical selections. Performers need also dress for movement as light
choreography will be involved.

For more information about the auditions, contact Michael Sundblad, Head of Performing Arts, at or (757) 825-3659.



Open Auditions for TNCC’s Production of ‘The Mikado’ April 14 & 16

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Do you have a passion for the stage? Now is the time to show off your acting ability. Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Performing Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic opera, “The Mikado” July 12-21. Open auditions will be held at 7 p.m. April 14 and 16 on the Hampton campus on the first floor of Templin Hall.

Audition participants will be asked to prepare two contrasting musical selections no more than one minute each and two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes each. Ideally, all audition materials should be performed from memory. An accompanist will be provided for musical selections. Five men, four women and a chorus of school-girls, nobles and guards will be selected for the production.

“The Mikado,” set in Japan, is a twisted tale of love, politics and crime. First performed in London in 1885, it remains one of the most popular musical theater productions of all time.

For more information about the auditions, please contact the production stage manager at


TNCC Presents Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in April

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Performing Arts Department will bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Hampton campus weekends April 12 — 21 at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, military and TNCC personnel and are available at .

Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was written in the 1500s and explores the universal theme of love and its complications including lust, disappointment, confusion and marriage. Set in mythical Athens, it depicts three parallel stories — the adventures of two sets of young lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of a fairy king and queen interacting with their fairies and a group of amateur actors rehearsing a poorly written play about a wedding. (more…)

Free Exhibit at TNCC Libraries Explores Early Jamestown Settlement

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“Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607,” an exhibition on display at libraries on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses, examines how the new colony in Virginia fit into the cultural, historical, and geographical context of the day — and how the story of Jamestown continues to inspire American artists.

On display through Tuesday, November 27, the free exhibit is open to the public and features 12 reproductions of images from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ (VMFA) collection.

Isidoro Kessel, a TNCC Associate Professor and Foreign Language Department Head, arranged the exhibit borrowed from VMFA while coordinating the Foreign Language Association of Virginia and Virginia’s Community Colleges Foreign Language Peer Group conference recently held in Williamsburg.

Bringing the exhibit to TNCC was a logical choice after it garnered positive responses from foreign language educators across the Commonwealth who attended the conference. “I wanted our community to have the opportunity to see these treasures that enrich our knowledge of our own history. I feel that everyone benefits. Our students, our faculty, [and] the community at large benefit from seeing beautiful art and learning about our community,” said Kessel.


Local Production Company Brings Tragic Comedy to TNCC

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Poquoson Island Players will open its 2012-2013 season with Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” September 21–30 at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus. The show is open to the public with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. shows on Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for students and senior citizens.

In this tragic comedy, three Mississippi sisters face as heap of misfortune throughout their lives. The latest family tragedy finds the youngest sister, Babe, grappling with criminal charges after shooting her abusive husband. As the older sisters try to help Babe, they come face-to-face with some of their own dysfunction. Humor ensues as the sisters face their hardship together.