‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ set to come to life at Cape Fear Community College

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WILMINGTON — “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charles Shulz’s animated holiday classic, will be performed live at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center. CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Department will adapt the cartoon special using live actors, while live jazz musicians performing Vince Guaraldi’s original score. “We’re doing the 1965 cartoon, which we all absolutely love, but […]

‘It’s Only A Play’ takes a comedic look at life back-stage (slideshow)

"It's Only A Play" is showing at Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall until Nov.6. (Photo courtesy of Tony Rivenbark.)

Get pulled into life of the theater; a play is happening in Wilmington that will have your belly rolling with laughter. “It’s Only A Play” is showing at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Theatre, with several show times scheduled through Sunday, Nov 6. Directed by Justin Smith, six cast members take the stage for a […]

Big Dawg’s ‘The 39 Steps’ promises Hitchcock mixed with Monty Python

'The 39 Steps,' a comedic take on the spy thriller, opens at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St., Wilmington, on Thursday.

WILMINGTON – When the curtain pulls back this weekend at the Cape Fear Playhouse, the stage will fill with a plane crash, handcuffs, some missing fingers and a little bit of romance. Big Dawg Productions presents “The 39 Steps,” a whodunit the theater production company promises to be a mix of “a Hitchcock masterpiece with […]

UNCW hosts family-friendly, affordable summer theater matinees

Choreographer, set designer and animator Karola Lüttringhaus will showcase her colorful creations during the Seahawk Fam series. Courtesy photo.

UNC-Wilmington will open the doors of Kenan Auditorium to young theater-goers during the summer break. The university’s Office of the Arts has announced its new performance series, Seahawk Fam, a family-friendly lineup of weekday and weekend matinees running between June 29 and July 27. Geared toward children and youth, Seahawk Fam includes live music, dance, […]

Downtown arts fest celebrates 21 years on Orange Street

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A longstanding local downtown fair will come of age this Memorial Day weekend. When the Orange Street ArtsFest sets up along its namesake Saturday morning, it will mark the 21st year the event has brought craftsmen and the community together. The two-day festival will take place on Orange between Front and Second streets, next to […]

Hoggard, Laney students steal the show at state play competition

Hoggard's theater department took home top honors at a state play festival. Courtesy photos.

Some local budding actors recently returned home from a theater competition as stars. After taking top honors during a regional play festival, students at Hoggard and Laney high schools achieved high rankings at the state level. Led by Alley Collins, Hoggard’s “Psychoneurotic Phantasies” earned a Superior Rating and the Excellence in Puppetry Award at the […]

Hoggard, Laney students steal the spotlight in theater competition

Laney's theater department was also a big winner at the state festival. Both Hoggard and Laney advanced to the state level after earning approximately a dozen awards each at the regional competition.

Some local students are shining under the spotlight. The theater departments of Hoggard and Laney high schools recently took top honors at a regional competition. Two Vikings–Trenton Kong and Kendall Walker–received scholarships to attend the North Carolina Theatre Conference Discovery Day for their stellar make-up and acting, respectively. Both school groups will now advance to […]