Arsenic & Old Lace – OCTOBER 11, 13 & 14!

ARSENIC & OLD LACE will run October 11, 13 & 14 at The Rex Theatre in Galax.  This murderously funny comedy follows the distinctly odd Brewster Family and their wildly hilarious high-jinks!  A comedy for the whole family! ***Please note –  ALL OPENING NIGHT TICKETS for Thursday, October 11th are $15.00 and include a pre-show reception starting at 6pm at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and the performance at 7:30pm that evening.  For all other performances, tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Seniors (65 & older) and Students (16 & younger).  Tickets go on sale at the  Arts Council and  Chestnut Creek School of the Arts starting Monday, September 17th and may also be purchased on-line through The Art Shop page on this website.  For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217. 

STORIES OF THE STITCH is a GO for Saturday, Sept. 8th!

The rain will fall but NOT UNTIL after 1:30pm tomorrow, so we are proceeding – FULL STEAM AHEAD – with Stories of the Stitch at Matthews Living History Farm Museum, located at 476 White Pine Road (off Meadow Creek) in Galax!  The quilts will start going up on the line at 10am and we hope to see you there!  The will be vendors of all sorts, yummy baked goods, a bbq lunch, apple cider & apple butter, live music, heritage activities and of course – GORGEOUS QUILTS!  We’ll see you at the Farm!!!!!

PETER PAN Starts Monday, July 23rd at 10am!

PETER PAN – 2018 Theatre Camp for Students, Ages 6 —18  (1st – 12th grade)

WHEN:  Auditions – Monday, July 23rd at 10am (please arrive by 9:45am)

 Rehearsals – July 23 – 28, 10am – 1:15pm

 Performance – Saturday, July 28 at 3pm

 WHERE:  The Rex Theatre in Galax

 COST:  $25/student

 Please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 for more information or visit our website at


COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD (abridged) – July 13, 14 & 15

Bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket & basket for this WILDLY FUNNY Comedy starring Wesley Harmon, Molly Sullivan & Daphne Utt on the Carol Waddell/Galax Theatre Guild Outdoor Stage located behind the Galax Public Library.  Parking is available at the Library and admission to the play is free.  We will of course accept your generous donations at the show!

In case of rain, the performance will move to inside the Galax Public Library.


If ghostly visitations, wacky mediums and matrimonial hijinks are your cup of tea, then Noel Coward’s high-spirited comedy, “Blithe Spirit” is the play you need to see!  Running May 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13 at the Rex Theatre in Galax, “Blithe Spirit” is full of humor, witty repartee and special effects.  “Blithe Spirit” is a classic comedy offering up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati along with a host of other marvelous character.


Performance Dates for “Blithe Spirit” are May 5, 6, 10, 12 & 13 with Thursday & Saturday shows at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors and Students.  Advance tickets are available on-line at and at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

One Night Only – Andrew McKnight in Concert at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA


The Arts Council is thrilled and honored to present a very special concert with celebrated folk musician, Andrew McKnight at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Friday, March 9th at 7pm. Andrew is an award-winning folk/Americana musician whose musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one-man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.   Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Radford University’s Dr. Robert Trent in Concert – Sunday, February 11th at 3pm



The Arts Council is thrilled to welcome Radford University’s Professor of Music/Guitar & Renaissance Lute Studies, for the next Winter Concert on February 11th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.  As always, there will be a small coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians after the performance.  Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
Dr. Trent has spent over two decades as a Full Professor of Music (Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies) at Radford University where he is in his 17th year as director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival.  Many of his students are Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century in particular the 10-string Scherzer and authentic 19thc. guitar.  A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition  “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance.


Future concerts in the series include:

  • UNCSA VIOLIN & CELLO Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3pm
  • UNCSA DVORAK VIOLA QUINTET  Sunday, April 29 at 3pm



The Friday, December 8th NEW RIVER BELL ENSEMBLE Holiday Concert at the Historic 1908 Courthouse has been moved to SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th at 2:30pm.  

The Handbell Concert will be followed by the Radford University Piano Concert at 3:30pm.  Admission to both events is free. Donations accepted at the door

BELLS at the 1908 Courthouse – Independence, VA

The Forecast for Saturday? Gorgeous Quilts Under Sunny Skies


We hope to see you at Matthew’s Living History Farm Museum on Saturday, September 9th for our annual Outdoor Quilt Show!  There will be live music, fiber arts demonstrators, food and vendors of all kinds!  Come see the glorious quilts under blue skies from 10am – 3pm! Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!

Quilts are welcome to be entered for judging up until 10am the morning of the show and we still have room for vendors as of Wednesday, September 6th.


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