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Grab your dancing shoes, Latin Dance Workshop starts soon!

Tuesday March 3, 2020

Grab your dancing shoes, Latin Dance Workshop starts soon!

Ensemble To Perform World Premier By Local Composer

Tuesday February 25, 2020

Chamber Music to perform world premiere highlighting local composers.

Event explores lyrics as a soundtrack to the black American experience

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Local producer, wordsmith Natalie Hodge presents ‘Lyrics to my Life’ at PHCC

Frog superpowers and the science that explains them

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Thursday, December 12 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Take a Ride in a Race Truck Around Martinsville Speedway

Monday November 25, 2019

Fans can take a ride around the track with Clay Campbell with a donation for toy drive

Create Your Own Personalized Light Box!

Wednesday November 20, 2019

Holiday gift ideas by Patrick Henry Community College.

PHCC Athletics Offers eSports Summer Camp

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Esports summer camp at PHCC.

PHCC’s Mini Maker Faire Returns

Wednesday May 1, 2019

On Saturday, May 18, PHCC will open the Dalton IDEA Centered to the community for the Martinsville’s Mini Maker Faire.

Double the Drama

Wednesday March 6, 2019

PHCC Patriot Players and TheatreWorks Community Players offer year round entertainment in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.

Double the Drama

Wednesday February 27, 2019

PHCC Patriot Players and TheatreWorks Community Players offer year round entertainment in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia.

Fab Lab: Learn To Use The Laser Cutter!

Thursday January 31, 2019

Cut, etch, and engrave designs with the laser cutter at PHCC's Fab Lab.

Updated PHCC Patriot Players Annie Performances

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Sunday's performance rescheduled 

Chamber Music Recital returns to PHCC

Wednesday October 17, 2018

The Chamber Music Ensemble is returning to PHCC this month. Explore a wide variety of chamber music with the ensemble on Sunday, October 28.

Patriot Players Announce Next Season With Sneak Peeks

Friday August 31, 2018

Patriot Players' Season 6 announced at Patrick Henry Community College.

Chamber Music Returns to PHCC June 3

Monday May 21, 2018

At the Walker Theatre

Don't Miss the Martinsville Mini Maker Faire!

Friday May 11, 2018

On Sat., May 19th

New Orleans Inspired Spring Concert Scheduled for PHCC Jazz Band

Friday February 23, 2018

PHCC Spring Jazz Concert - March 9th

Patriot Players Christmas Spectacular Comes to Town

Sunday November 26, 2017

Tickets on sale now at the MHC Visitor Center!

PHCC crowned the second Miss PHCC!

Sunday November 12, 2017

Lewis wins Miss PHCC 2018!

Martinsville Speedway Starts Endowment for Dale, Jr. Scholarship at PHCC

Saturday October 28, 2017

Two students enrolled in the school’s motorsports program will receive $1,000 each year

Starting Soon: How to use the Laser Cutter & 3D Printing Chocolate

Wednesday October 25, 2017

Pre-registration required.

Best Selling Author Trigiani in Martinsville

Wednesday October 4, 2017

October 12th at 10:30 am 

The FabLab Family Days

Tuesday July 25, 2017

PHCC brings families together with fabrication and manufacturing workshops.

Contemporary Line Dance Starting Tomorrow!

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Register Now! 

Contemporary Line Dance with Sue Ann Ehmann Starting Soon

Thursday June 8, 2017

Pre-registration Required

Summer Fun for Kids in MHC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Start Planning Now! 

Summer Chamber Music Recital to take place at PHCC

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Sunday, June 11th 

Bowling Memorial Ride Scheduled

Tuesday April 18, 2017

To honor fallen Marine and fund scholarship

Kids College Starts in June!

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Pre-Registration Required

PHCC features landscape artist: Bethany Hartman

Thursday March 23, 2017

Gallery talk featuring Hartman.

PHCC’s new classes offer unique opportunities for the hobbyist and the curious

Thursday March 16, 2017

Patrick Henry Community College is offering new short-term classes.

Exhibit Honors Art and Life of Wanda Prillaman

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Works by local watercolor artist are showcased in Piedmont Arts exhibit

"Dreamgirls" Cast Feature

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Article featuring "Dreamgirls" cast member Angelica "Geli" Holmes

PHCC invites community to Black History Month event about Thomas Day

Friday February 17, 2017

February 28 at 12:30 & 7 p.m.

Art Reception & Gallery Talk at PHCC

Tuesday February 14, 2017

PHCC features Blacksburg artist

Discover the tale of America’s largest family: The Hairstons

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Guest Speaker Henry Wiencek

Front Stage in February

Monday February 6, 2017

Performing Arts Prevail 

Ballroom Dancing is Back!

Friday February 3, 2017

Pre-Register now

From winning Miss PHCC 1970 to judging Miss PHCC 2017

Wednesday February 1, 2017

Miss PHCC Pageant 

Final Audition for SOVA’s Got Talent Set for Jan. 21

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Martinsville High School Auditorium

Grab your dancing shoes!

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Register today

PHCC hosts final artist of the year on December 8

Thursday December 1, 2016

Gallery Talk and Reception 

PHCC is Ready to Jazz up the Holiday Season

Tuesday November 29, 2016

Holiday Concert 

Mary Poppins cast to sing and serve at Wild Magnolia

Tuesday November 1, 2016

Come enjoy a unique dining experience Thursday, November 10.

Racing College of Virginia is revving up for open house

Wednesday October 19, 2016

Friday, October 28th 

PHCC celebrates ten years of NJCAA athletics

Monday October 17, 2016

Launching the Patriot “10 for 10”

PHCC to Host Chamber Music Concert October 16

Tuesday October 4, 2016

What's so spooky? 

New York Times Bestselling Author Speaking at PHCC

Tuesday September 27, 2016

Enjoy a presentation by author Sharyn McCrumb at Patrick Henry Community College.

PHCC Culinary Cafe Opened Thursday

Thursday September 22, 2016
PHCC Culinary Cafe Opened Thursday

Culinary students serve up (and run) new café at PHCC

Global Cuisine with Chef Colleen

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Explore foods from around the world at The Artisan Center

Fishing Championship Planned This Month on Philpott Lake

Monday September 19, 2016

Area will host 90 fisherman

Patriot Players’ next show features songs by President Godwin and VP Dr. Greg Hodges

Friday September 16, 2016

PHCC's President & VP reveal song-witting talents 

Fab Lab: 3D Printing & 3D Scanning starting soon!

Wednesday September 14, 2016

Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center

Personal Enrichment Classes Starting Soon

Wednesday August 31, 2016

Pre-Registration required 

Unique Classes to be Offered at PHCC

Tuesday August 23, 2016

PHCC’s new classes offer unique opportunities for the hobbyist and the curious.

Auditions for Mary Poppins start September 5

Monday August 22, 2016

Appointments and Walk-Ins 

Getting into character for the Patriot Players’ The Color Purple

Friday July 22, 2016
Getting into character for the Patriot Players’ The Color Purple

Why would a pastor agree to portray a violent and unfaithful husband or an abusive and unloving father?

Grand Opening for The Big Dipper

Wednesday July 20, 2016

June 26 at 3 p.m. 

What's Your Big IDEA?

Tuesday June 28, 2016

30 Day Challenge

The Color Purple Cast Slated to Serve Dinner at Wild Magnolia

Friday June 17, 2016
The Color Purple Cast Slated to Serve Dinner at Wild Magnolia

The Patriot Players of Patrick Henry Community College will be hosting a singing dinner fundraiser in support of upcoming productions. 

PHCC to host Chamber Music Concert June 5

Friday May 20, 2016

Tickets at the door

Auditions for The Color Purple start May 23rd

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Opening July 28th 

IDEA Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Thursday May 12, 2016

Thomas P Dalton IDEA Center

PHCC Student Art Show Awards

Monday May 2, 2016

22nd Annual Student Art Show

International Dance Day

Monday April 25, 2016

Get into the Groove

Garden Club lunch by PHCC Culinary students

Friday April 22, 2016

Garden Day 4/27/16 

Local family all in for Tarzan

Friday April 22, 2016

Family embraces theatre roles 

Earth Day 2016 in MHC

Tuesday April 19, 2016

How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? Plan to attend the Earth Day Festival 2016.


The Flavor of Garden Day

Tuesday April 19, 2016

MHC Garden Day 

Patriot Player’s Tarzan comes swinging into town

Friday April 8, 2016

Tarzan- The Musical 

Racing College of Virginia to Host Open House

Wednesday March 23, 2016

On April 1st 

PHCC's Sue Ann Ehmann is internationally recognized choreographer

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Dance with Sue Ann Ehmann 

Dick Beardsley to Speak at Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday February 21, 2016

Beardsley will run the Half Marathon 

PHCC Fosters Local Entrepreneur

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Davis to open business soon

Lovers and Losers at Love

Wednesday February 10, 2016

An Afternoon of Chamber Music

Fishing Championship to Come to Philpott Lake

Friday February 5, 2016

Area will host 90 fishermen 

Singing dining to be ongoing event

Tuesday February 2, 2016

Feb. brings Cabaret.

Patriot Players’ Singing Telegrams are Back

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Once again, the Patriot Players’ will deliver a song, rose, and card to a person of your choosing. 

PHCC to Host Chamber Music Recital

Thursday January 21, 2016

An afternoon of Chamber Music

Patriot Players Dedicate Season Four to Dan Spaugh

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Spaugh's passion carries on

Patriot Players’ Upcoming Auditions Announced

Tuesday January 12, 2016

Join the on-stage fun 

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass

Friday December 11, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players now offer Main Stage Pass and community supporters include incentives.

National Event Boosts Local Economy

Wednesday December 9, 2015

National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Soccer Championship was held Nov. 16-21 at the Smith River Sports Complex

Piedmont Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Piedmont Arts welcomes Brian Stanley and Lea Henderson to its staff.

A unique gift that keeps giving: PHCC gift cards

Monday November 23, 2015

PHCC gift cards available

PHCC Patriot Players kick off Christmas Parade with 2016 Season Teaser

Wednesday November 18, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players kick off Christmas Parade with a 2016 season teaser.

The Harvest Foundation Awards PUP grant to PHCC

Wednesday November 11, 2015

PHCC is the recipient of the PUP grant for the 2015 NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) National Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Tickets available now for the NJCAA DI Soccer National Championship

Tuesday October 20, 2015

National soccer tournament only a month away!

Randy Ferguson is now an Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop CS6

Monday October 12, 2015

Ferguson will offer his expertise to the students in PHCC’s new Media Design and Production program

Patriot Trail Run Scheduled for October 17

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Patriot Trail Run Rescheduled

Cast of “Addams Family” serve up songs with supper at Wild Mags

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Join us for dinner...if you dare! 

"The Addams Family" Creeping into MHC

Thursday October 1, 2015

Tickets available starting October 2nd for Patriot Players’ Addams Family.

Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship Reaches Endowed Status

Thursday September 17, 2015

Scholarship for PHCC's  Media Design and Production program

PHCC Patriot players to present encore performance of the "Doyle and Debbie Show".

Tuesday September 15, 2015

If you didn't get to see it the first time around, come out and see the encore performance of the Doyle and Debbie show, presented by the Patriot Players!

ValleyStar Credit Union Donates $25,000 to Racing College of Virginia

Thursday September 10, 2015

ValleyStar Supports Racing College of Virginia

20 things you Need to do this September in MHC

Wednesday September 9, 2015

September will be full of fun

When combat boots and folk dances are the path to a Chamber music recital

Tuesday September 8, 2015

3rd Chamber Music Recital: An Afternoon of Dances

PHCC Among Top Ten Community Colleges in US

Friday September 4, 2015

PHCC receives national recognition as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation

Professor of Fine Arts at PHCC Showcased

Wednesday September 2, 2015
Professor of Fine Arts at PHCC Showcased

Gerry Bannan, professor of fine arts at Patrick Henry Community College, showcased his work in two national exhibitions over the summer. 

Patriot Player's Open Season With Doyle and Debbie Show

Saturday August 29, 2015
Patriot Player's Season Opener

Join the Patriot Player's as they kick off their season with, The Doyle and Debbie Show!

Higher Achievement Richmond Tours Southern Virginia

Thursday July 23, 2015

47 guests from Richmond toured Danville and Martinsville-Henry County

Throw Back Thursday to Raise Funds for Patriot Players

Thursday July 2, 2015

PHCC Patriot Players to be singing servers at Wild Magnolia for special event

Patriot Players Tickets On Sale Now

Wednesday July 1, 2015

Tickets to the Patriot Players' production of "Music from the Movies: 80s & 90s Revue" are on sale now

Patriot Players Set Auditions for Music from the Movies

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Patriot Players are having auditions for Music from the Movies

Summer 2015 Kids Camps

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A list of local Martinsville-Henry County area 2015 Kids Summer Camps

Concert series is back at PHCC

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Concert series is back at PHCC

“An Afternoon of Chamber Music” is back for the second time at Patrick Henry Community College on May 17 at 3 p.m. in Walker Theatre.

Professional musicians and singers from across the region will perform in the show, which is part of the Chamber Recital Music series. Performers include Julie Brown, Deborah Burgess, Regula Dailey, Michelle Dick, Sarah Wardle Jones, Tom Klingelhofer, Tim Loman, Sarah Martin, Katie Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Robert Moody, Kelsey Newman, David Oakes, George Ray, Julie Shumate and Amy Stuart.

Musical selections include “Ombra Mai Fu (From Serse)” by George Frideric Handel, “Trio Sonata in D Minor, Allegretto” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, “La Captive” by Hector Berlioz, “Duettino Hongrois, Op. 36” by Franz Doppler, “Ode to Trumpet” by Alfred Reed and many more.

Admission is free, but a donation of $5 toward the program is encouraged. To find out more, visit www.patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 638-8777.

Godwin named "Influential Woman of Virginia"

Friday May 8, 2015
Godwin named

Godwin Named Among The Class of 2015 Influential Women of Virginia

FAB Lab Fun: Week 6

Thursday April 16, 2015

Fascinating Fun!

Global Cuisine with Chef Colleen

Monday April 13, 2015

What's cooking at The Artisan Center?

Fab Lab Fun: Week 5

Thursday April 9, 2015

Fab Lab Fun: 3-D Designs

Martinsville Mini Maker Faire is back

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Don't miss the second Martinsville Mini Maker Faire

Area Teachers Join The Cast of Legally Blonde

Thursday April 2, 2015

Area teachers and counselors are participating “Legally Blonde: The Musical"

Fab Lab Fun: Week 3

Thursday March 26, 2015

A FABulous Experience

The Arts at The Artisan Center

Thursday March 26, 2015

Creativity in full bloom

Visitor Center to Serve as Box Office

Friday March 20, 2015

Tickets for TheatreWorks and Patriot Players Available

Fab Lab Fun: Week 2

Thursday March 19, 2015

Discover the hands-on experience of taking a FAB Lab class

Top Ten Events To Attend In April In MHC

Sunday March 15, 2015

Top ten events to attend in April in Martinsville-Henry County

Fab Lab Fun: Week 1

Thursday March 12, 2015

Discover the hands-on experience of taking a FAB Lab class

Closures & Cancellations

Thursday March 5, 2015

Closures & Cancellations for March 5, 2015

Singing Nuns Take Over Local Restaurant

Sunday February 22, 2015

The "nunsense" fundraiser was a success. 

Get served by Patriot Players’ singing ‘nuns’

Sunday February 15, 2015

The PHCC Patriot Players would love to serve you

New Sports Coming to PHCC

Thursday February 12, 2015
New Sports Coming to PHCC

New Sports Coming to PHCC

Patriot Players to Offer Singing Telegrams

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Patriot Players to Offer Singing Telegrams

Students from Italy and Carlisle School Tour Area

Friday February 6, 2015

Italian exchange students and local students tour Martinsville-Henry County

PHCC Welcomes New Art Exhibition

Friday January 30, 2015

New exhibition features paintings titled “Nature Nurture” by Nancy Stroud

Starting Soon at The Artisan Center

Thursday January 29, 2015

Starting Soon: Calligraphy, Herbs, Jewelry and more!

PHCC & Reynolds Homestead to Partner on Programming

Monday December 22, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College will partner with Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus Center of Virginia Tech, to expand offerings of non-credit courses in pottery and weaving at the site in Critz starting in January 2015.

Lisa Martin, senior program manager at Reynolds Homestead, said Patrick County already has a very strong market for these courses.

“We decided that some of the Artisan Center programs might be good ones to bring up to our area because we have a very strong artisan population,” she said. “Traveling all the way to Martinsville to take classes might be difficult for some students, especially if they live in the Meadows of Dan or Ararat area. It could easily be an hour-and-a-half commute one-way.”

The Artisan Center at PHCC will handle registration and processing for courses while Reynolds Homestead will deal directly with hiring instructors and setting the class schedule. PHCC also will provide equipment including looms and potters wheels.

“This is a nice partnership because each of us is providing things that the other can’t – we’re offering a space to bring more people into the program who can’t get to Martinsville, and PHCC is providing equipment that we don’t have so we can expand our offerings,” Martin said.

Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, said she’s excited at this new opportunity to bolster course offerings throughout the college’s service region.

“We’re pleased to expand our partnerships into Patrick County to allow us to offer career credit arts programming,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reach more people and enable them to learn the skills necessary to become artisan entrepreneurs.”

The curriculum will stick to the same guidelines as the artisan certification at the Artisan Center, according to Kim Buck, coordinator of community development at PHCC.

“Students still will be able to receive a certificate of study in artisan entrepreneurship, and they can do so with a concentration in pottery or weaving,” Buck said. “From there, they can expand into other areas and work their way up to take more advanced courses.”

Although the partnership will begin with two programs, Martin said there is a possibility to expand in the future if there’s enough interest.

“We’ll start with courses we know people are interested in right away,” she said. “There’s some interest in woodworking, which may be a challenge because of the equipment involved. But we’re more than willing to expand if the need is there for artists who want to develop and hone their skills, and learn more about the business side involved in being an artisan entrepreneur.”

Martin added, “We’re part of Virginia’s Crooked Road music trail and the Artisan Trail Network, and we’re very committed to the economic development of our area artisans. This program is part of our mission to help our professional and recreational artists.”

Class dates and times will be announced in early January 2015. Students may register in person at The Artisan Center at 54 West Church Street in Martinsville, or over the phone by calling (276) 656-5461. A registration form can be emailed or mailed to potential students upon request.


National D1 Soccer Tournament to Have Impact on Area

Friday December 5, 2014

National D1 Soccer Tournament to Have Impact on Area

PHCC to Host Chamber Music Concert

Friday November 21, 2014

PHCC to Host Chamber Music Concert

Rooster Walk’s Turn 5 Concerts Raise $10,000 for Local Charities

Friday November 14, 2014

Rooster Walk’s Turn 5 Concerts Raise $10,000 for Local Charities

USA South Conference Soccer & Volleyball Championships

Wednesday November 5, 2014

Athletes storm into Martinsville-Henry County for the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference Championships

Four-star General to Visit PHCC

Wednesday November 5, 2014
Four-star General to Visit PHCC

Four-star General to Visit PHCC

PHCC Professor Opens Exhibition at Taubman

Friday October 31, 2014

An art professor from Patrick Henry Community College is showing an exhibition representing three years of work in a new show at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

Gerry Bannan’s “Vanitas” is described as a collection of still life arrangements connected to the art tradition vanitas, which comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible from a passage that states: “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.”

“The point behind this is the idea that the word vanity is referring to futility,” Bannan said. “When someone says, ‘all my efforts were in vain,’ it’s more about the futile than being egotistical. The purpose, spiritually, is to remember and be humble in the face of your own mortality. The vanity refers to the efforts and achievements that one makes in life, but one should always remember in the end that your earthly life is finite.”

Bannan used BIC brand crystal ballpoint pens to create nine pen and ink drawings on Mylar, a form of polyester material.

“A lot of people found that fascinating because these pens are such a common, every day, mundane writing tool,” he said. “But I have found them to be wonderfully versatile at art making in that they have a great range of tonal quality… People are familiar with them. When they look at my drawings and think about their experiences with BIC pens, I think it connects them to the work in a way that you don’t get connected to a bronze sculpture because it’s not something people do every day.”

Bannan’s drawings in the exhibit range in size from 12-by-16 inches to more than six feet long. The largest is 20 inches high by 72 inches long.

“People often ask how long they take to create, and they can take a very long time to make,” he said. “It takes months for some of the larger ones. Art making takes a lot of time, and sometimes people don’t realize the actual time that an artist needs to put into the creation of their work. People may think if a person is talented then the work just happens, but there’s always an element of actual time that needs to be put into developing the work.”

Bannan said his drawings also include a great deal of memento mori imagery, which is Latin for “remember death.” He said this is depicted by symbols including skulls, fading flowers, ribbons and scissors.

In addition to his drawings, he’s also displaying two still life tableaus from the setups he used in creating the artwork.

“Building up these collections of objects is part of the drawing process,” he said. “The curator visited my studio and said she would like to have one or two of them included in the exhibition. It’s really great because it makes me think of them differently as maybe artworks in themselves, whereas before, I always thought they were in service of the drawing.”

Bannan received his bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa. and his master of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s participated in solo and group exhibitions in several states including Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Bannan also owns BanG Studios in downtown Roanoke, a fine arts gallery and studio he operates with his wife Betsy Bannan.

“Vanitas” will be on display until March 21, 2015. Bannan will give workshops and gallery talks in connection with the show, some of which are planned for early next year. Check www.taubmanmuseum.org for details.

Amy G. Moorefield, deputy director of exhibitions at Taubman, curated this exhibit. To find out more about Bannan’s work, visit www.gerrybannan.com.

New Art Exhibition at PHCC

Wednesday October 29, 2014

New Art Exhibition at PHCC

USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites

Tuesday October 28, 2014

USA South Launches 2014 Fall Festival Websites

Patriot Players Present "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Patriot Players at Patrick Henry Community College are putting on a show this fall explores love and acceptance, and has cast members doing a little soul searching of their own.

On the surface, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: A Musical Comedy” is a comedic show that follows a group of pre-teens as they compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime, while also revealing funny and touching stories from their home lives. Director Devin Pendleton said he hopes audience members will walk away entertained but also enlightened about issues affecting youth.

“This show is a first for us in being able to showcase difference,” he said. “I think the show hints to the fact that we can all come together in a diverse way, which is what theatre is. We have the opportunity to forget all the issues that await us outside the theatre door and feel safe – even if it’s only for a few hours.”

Bryan Dunn, a theatre instructor at Magna Vista High School and playing the role of William Barfee, said his character takes nerdiness to a new level.

“He’s someone who has been bullied all his life and feels the only way he can control things is to bully everyone back,” he said. “But in the end, he actually allows people to be nice to him and he allows someone to change him.”

As part of the show, the community will have the chance to give a donation to Stand for the Silent, a group started in 2010 by a group of students at Oklahoma State University after hearing the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Smalley. He took his own life at 11 years old after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully. The group’s mission is to address the issue of school bullying through education and understanding.

“Stand for the Silent speaks to secondary age school kids, which is where school was the worse for me,” Pendleton said. “It wasn’t until high school that I started to develop my way in figuring out who I wanted to be. With October being National Bullying Prevention Month, we're excited to bring awareness to this very important issue.”

Stand for the Silent reports that 60 percent of fourth through eighth graders say they are the victims of bullying. The organization asks that everyone take a pledge to respect each other and help victims of bullying. More information can be found at ww.standforthesilent.org.

“Stand for the Silent is very honored and proud to be supported by the PHCC Patriot Players and their show, ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ Kirk Smalley said. “We are so appreciative of everyone for helping us to take a stand against bullying by raising awareness to it and youth suicide.”

"Spelling Bee" characters run the gambit of personality types seen in school age children, including the loner, overachiever and the dreamer. The role of Logainne S., played by Sarah Webb, is the definition of a “try-hard,” according to Webb.

“In many ways I connect with my character because I do try my hardest to do my best at everything,” she said. “I think about all the pressure I’m under as a student, trying not to crack under it and trying to please everyone. I can definitely relate.”

“Spelling Bee” also deals with characters trying to find their place in the world. Dunn said, “I think I work on finding myself every day. I look at my students and see different parts of what I was and how much I’ve grown, but I also have an understanding of how much more I have to learn.”

Brandi Collins-Burnette, a speller and part of the ensemble, said identifying with the underdog made her want to try out for “Spelling Bee.”

“I suffer from dysautonomia with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or known as POTS, so I know a little about relating to the underdog and dealing with challenges on a daily basis,” she said. “I wanted to do this show to bring a little awareness to that.”

She also added that going through middle and high school, there was a time where she didn’t know who she was as a person.

“I was the chubby kid and I had an eating disorder in high school, but being in theatre in high school and as an adult has really helped define who I am,” she said. “It’s a place of acceptance with open arms for all people. It really has given me a place to find myself.”

Jane Leizer, program director for Patriot Players, said “Spelling Bee” is a show that will make audience-goers laugh, cry, and make them think about issues that young people deal with on a daily basis.

“Let’s face it – growing up is hard,” she said. “Sometimes, kids need to talk and be recognized for the struggles they go through. Hopefully, this show will open up a dialogue among kids, parents and teachers.”

Leizer said with each Patriot Players show, there’s a new issue to tackle.

“‘Purlie’ talked about racism and love, and Shrek taught us that everyone is capable of love – even an ogre,” she said. “We have actors ranging in age from 13 to 62 in this show, and they learn a lot from each other. I’m 63 years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Theatre allows you to look at all the wonderful things you can imagine and see them come to life.”

The show is rated PG-13 for some adult humor and minimal adult language. Performances run Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. in Walker Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $12 and available now at the PHCC Switchboard or by calling (276) 638-8777. They also will be available for purchase at the door. For additional information, visit www.patrickhenry.edu/patriotplayers.

Multiple Events at SRSC This Weekend

Friday September 19, 2014

Field Hockey, Soccer and Football will all be played at the Complex this weekend

Martinsville Culture Crawl This Weekend

Thursday September 4, 2014

Martinsville Culture Crawl is this Saturday in Uptown Martinsville

Patriot Players Go Big For "Shrek"

Friday May 23, 2014

Patriot Players Go Big For "Shrek"

Shrek Coming to PHCC

Thursday May 8, 2014

"Shrek: The Musical" is coming to Patrick Henry Community College

PHCC Celebrates 20 Years Of Visiting Artists

Tuesday April 29, 2014

PHCC Celebrates 20 Years Of Visiting Artists

PHCC Annual Plant Sale Coming Soon

Thursday April 24, 2014

PHCC Annual Plant Sale Coming Soon

DRBA, PHCC Build Campus Trails

Thursday April 24, 2014

DRBA, PHCC Build Campus Trails 

PHCC Hosting Exciting Events on May 2 & 3

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Student Entrepreneurship Jump Start Weekend and Martinsville Mini Maker Faire coming soon!

PHCC to Host National Tournament at SRSC

Thursday April 10, 2014

2015 National D1 Soccer Championships Coming

PHCC Debuts New Bass Team

Thursday April 3, 2014

PHCC Debuts New Bass Team

PHCC Rebrands Motorsports Program

Friday March 14, 2014

PHCC Rebrands Motorsports Program

PHCC to host "Shrek" auditions

Thursday March 13, 2014

Patrick Henry Community College to hos "Shrek" auditions

Patriot Players to Perform "Once Upon a Disney: Music Revue"

Monday March 10, 2014

Disney lovers, this show is for you

Fab Lab Classes Starting Soon

Friday February 28, 2014

Come Take a Class at the Fab Lab, the Only Lab of Its Kind in the State of Virginia!

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

Wednesday February 12, 2014

Artisan Trail Network Extends to Martinsville-Henry County

New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education

Friday February 7, 2014

New Patriot Players Show Is An Opportunity For Education

Patriot Players to Perform Jazz-Age Production

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Patriot Players to Perform the Jazz-Age Production "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Spring Artisan Center Classes

Wednesday January 8, 2014

It's not to late to register for upcoming spring craft classes at The Artisan Center!

December Discoveries: The FAB Lab

Thursday December 26, 2013

You can dream it, design it and make it at this revolutionary fabrication facility.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" Auditions at PHCC

Tuesday December 10, 2013

"Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical" is coming to Patrick Henry Community College

PHCC Gives Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive a Boost

Thursday December 5, 2013

PHCC provides an early boost

USA South Conference Soccer & Volleyball Championships

Wednesday November 6, 2013

USA South Conference Championships Held At Smith River Sports Complex and PHCC

2013 Fall Sports Festival

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Athletes Return To The Smith River Sports Complex for Division III USA South Conference

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Friday October 25, 2013

Piedmont Arts Explores Fahrenheit 451 With Performance And Programs

Celebrate with Patriots Racing

Tuesday October 15, 2013

Racing Patriots Showcase To Be Held At PHCC

Eventful Weekend at SRSC

Thursday September 19, 2013

Carlisle Classic, PYSL Recreation, and more happening this weekend at Complex