Thalian Association Community Theatre announces new season, stages official return from pandemic

Thalian Association Community Theatre announced its 2021-2022 season. Tickets go on sale in August. (Port City Daily/Courtesy TACT)

WILMINGTON — The curtain call is back! After 13 months of having to shift, pivot and even cancel shows from the pandemic last year, Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) has announced its upcoming season for both its adult and youth programming. It will host 10 shows from fall 2021 through spring 2022.

“We are confident that live theatre will safely return this fall and very excited about the shows we have planned for this landmark season”, executive director Susan Habas stated in a press release.

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Adult programming will resume on Thalian Hall’s historic stage, starting with “Driving Miss Daisy,” which was scheduled for last year but had to cancel because of Covid-19. Following will be the holiday production and reprisal of “Elf the Musical,” which TACT launched in 2019.

Into 2022, TACT will continue with a “suspense masterpiece,” “Sleuth,” followed by the sci-fi/horror musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” and the season will wrap with the final of Stephen Sondheimn’s “Company.”

“It’s quite emotional to think about being back in historic Thalian Hall, performing for our community and working with the amazing folks who make the onstage magic happen,” Habas said. “This has been an unprecedented time for Thalian Association in many ways and we are incredibly grateful for all the donations and support from Cape Fear Region residents, businesses, and foundations.”

The last adult show the theater company hosted was “Guys and Dolls” in Kenan Auditorium on UNCW’s campus in winter 2020. TACT canceled all adult programming thereafter because of Covid-19.

Some youth productions continued in a hybrid of in-person events and virtual streams. As part of the new season, TACT will return to in-person shows at the 2nd Street Stage at Hannah Block Historic USO Building. The youth season will feature “Cry Wolf,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Children of Eden Jr.” and “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School.

A season flex pass will save money for parties looking to attend multiple productions; tickets normally run $32 each show. Passes include five shows and priority seating, plus a ticket to the Thalian Awards held at the end of every TACT season — slated for July 2022. All packages purchased from 2020-2021 will be honored this season, according to TACT.

All main stage Thalian Hall tickets will go on sale Aug. 16 (senior discounts available); youth tickets are $14 plus fees. TACT will offer reduced youth tickets for “Elf” as well.

TACT is a nonprofit entity to promote live theatre and arts education in the Cape Fear. In 2007, it was designated “North Carolina’s Official Community Theater” by the state legislature. Thalian Association also manages the Hannah Block Community Arts Center and Historic USO Building

Tickets can be purchased at thalian.org or by calling 910-251-1788.


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