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 www.tncc.edu/performingarts/ .

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…)

TNCC is Site of 12th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, March 9

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The 12th Annual Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival, “A Tribute to John Cephas,” takes place Saturday, March 9 from 4 – 9:30 p.m. on Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Free to TNCC students, faculty and staff, the event is open to the public with $10 tickets available at the door. Tickets are $7 for Natchel’ Blues Network (NBN) members.

Sponsored in part by NBN and TNCC, the event celebrates the musical legacy of guitarist and singer John Cephas, who kept the Piedmont blues style alive as part of the duo Cephas and Wiggins. Born in Washington, D.C., Cephas died in 2010 at his Woodford, Virginia home. He was one of the Piedmont style’s most prominent performers. The lively and melodic Piedmont sound developed in the coastal plains of Virginia and the Carolinas and is characterized by a lilting rhythm and complex finger picking guitar.

The lineup for the event which will include WHRV radio host Hunter Hughes as emcee and a drawing for a guitar is as follows:

Larry Berwald (slide guitar workshop)
4 – 5 p.m.

A Florida native, Berwald was lead guitarist with Southern Rock icon Wet Willie and spent three years as lead guitarist for Jimmy Hall. He has written songs recorded on major label and independent projects. Settling in Tidewater in the 1980s, Berwald has become a sought after side musician, playing and recording with many of the area’s best musicians, while teaching guitar by day and operating a guitar repair service in Norfolk.

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TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration Focuses on Fitness with Olympic Medalists, Renowned Sports Figures as Guests

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is observing Black History Month with a series of presentations and activities featuring several Olympic medalists and celebrated professional/college sports personalities including gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Gabrielle Douglas and others.  Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the month-long observance began with track star Francena McCorory and University of Virginia Head Football Coach Mike London as guests.

Feb. 21
Guest speaker Wayne Gomes, Former Philadelphia Phillies player & Virginia Baseball Academy owner
7:00 – 8:00 p.m., free and open to the public
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall

Wayne Gomes of Hampton, became a major league baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997. He was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2001 and played alongside Barry Bonds during Bonds’ record-breaking home run season. In 2002, Gomes signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. Pitching as a set-up man, he helped guide the Sox to second place in the American League east. Located in Hampton, Gomes’ Virginia Baseball Academy is an 8,330 square-foot facility that provides camps conducted by former major league players.

Feb. 26
Empowerment through Fitness Reception featuring
Olympic gold medalists Dominique Dawes and Gabrielle Douglas
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Espada, Moore Hall
Tickets are $25 per person and are available now at www.showtix4u.com .

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TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration Features Olympic Gold Medalists, Gymnasts Dawes and Douglas

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Olympic gold medalist and motivational speaker Dominique Dawes will bring her message “ENVISION: Reaching your Full Potential” to Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) as a part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month.

Free and open to the public, Dawes’ presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall at TNCC’s Hampton campus. ENVISION is an acronym for the eight principles that helped Dawes become successful in and out of the athletic arena and is also the title of her motivational line of products.

“I am excited to be a part of the Thomas Nelson Community College’s celebration of Black History Month,” said Dawes. “The theme ‘Empowerment through Fitness’ is a message that is important to me and one that mirrors one of my philosophies.”

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Olympic Gold Medalist Opens TNCC’s Black History Month Celebration

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Black History Month celebration begins Thursday, Feb. 7 with a program featuring Olympic gold medalist Francena McCorory as guest speaker. Themed “Empowerment through Fitness,” the College’s celebration continues Monday, Feb. 11 with an appearance by University of Virginia’s (UVA) head football coach Mike London.

Free and open to the public, both one-hour events take place at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall.

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Local Ensemble and Orchestra Present Holiday Concerts at TNCC

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Two concerts at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium will usher in the holiday season.

The Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble will present “Hampton Roads Holly Days” on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Lead by conductors Jim Paschall and Robert Arledge, the ensemble will perform an array of the season’s standards. Free for children under 18, tickets will be available for $5 at the door or can be purchased online at www.cbwe.org.

On Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m., the York River Symphony Orchestra will bring “Glad Tidings.” Lead by Conductor Dr. Eric Reiff and Assistant Conductor Clint Correll, musicians will perform Ellenberg’s Peterbourgh Sleigh Ride, Herbison’s The Good King and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Movement 4 and other holiday classics. Available at the door, tickets are $12 and $10 for students, senior citizens and military. For advance tickets, email treasurer@yrso.org.

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