WILMINGTON — As far as Regina Steeneck is concerned, Thalian Hall is the gift that keeps on giving. For nearly a decade, she continues to be impressed with the diversity of programming that’s available. Whether she attends a musical, a play, a classic film or sees a touring star, Regina says the setting and the people make the Wilmington landmark feel like home.
“First, it’s a historical gem,” she said. “It’s been around since 1858. You have the beauty of the exterior with those majestic columns. And inside, the paint, the décor, all of it is so classic and yet comfortable. And, the acoustics are remarkable!”
Regina hails from Virginia but spent her working years in Connecticut. Even there, she tended to support the smaller theaters rather than go into New York where the larger stages beckoned. She just prefers the more intimate setting that a 550-600 seat theater like Thalian provides.
“There’s a familiarity you get here. You almost feel a part of the production. You’re not lost in a huge crowd. I have even had a chance to sit in one of the opera box seats. It felt like the actors were there with you.”
Regina is awestruck by the quality of local talent that Thalian attracts. “It’s totally amazing that people from this community who appear in these productions, have such incredible voices and acting talent. The choreography is unbelievable and so are the costumes. The whole thing is wonderful.”
Regina says she also values the above-and-beyond customer service she encounters. “It’s the same when you’re dealing with the box office, talking with the ushers, meeting the actors after a performance, or being offered the wonderful food in the Joseph Jefferson VIP Club. Everyone makes you feel like you matter; like you’re part of a family.”
Even though she likes her theater to be on the smaller side, Regina lives big. Once, while travelling in China with her husband, Lee, and friends from their St. James community near Southport, N.C., she met some fellow travelers from Wilmington. “One of the ways we keep in touch is by meeting here to see a performance. Thalian Hall became a common bond that has held us together over the years.”
An additional bonus to an evening at Thalian, is that the entertainment value doesn’t end when the lights come up. “The whole hour’s drive back home, Lee and I are discussing what we saw. It’s just another dimension to our theater experience that keeps us coming back time and again.”
An avid traveler, Regina flies off to some far-flung destinations like the Taj Mahal and Dubai. Not to worry. After her return, Regina will be back, no doubt sitting in one of her favorite seats taking in a performance. That’s where you can find her, in a place where she feels at home, Thalian Hall.
-Content provided by Mary Jane McKittrick, Contributing Communications Consultant to Thalian Hall
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