Theatre

Opera House gets ‘very merry’ this holiday season with multiple cabaret performances, musicals

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WILMINGTON — The holidays will be filled with song, as Opera House Theatre Company launches multiple performances in the coming month. It will kick off Friday night with “A Very Merry Mayfaire Christmas,” a cabaret-style do performance opening in the old Pier 1 space at Mayfaire Town Center.  Starring Broadway-caliber talent, including Brian Whitted on […]

When history walks and talks: Mike Wiley performs as Union Army spy Abraham Galloway at Thalian

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WILMINGTON — North Carolina actor Mike Wiley has performed as former slave and Union Army spy Abraham Galloway about 30 times since his one-man show “The Fire of Freedom” debuted in 2018. Yet, it will be his first time bringing to life the play on Galloway’s old stomping grounds in Wilmington. “This is absolutely fabulous […]

‘Dark weight’: Big Dawg Productions stages vampiric love story with horror-filled effects

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WILMINGTON — When Big Dawg Productions opened “Let the Right One In” Thursday night at Thalian Hall’s Ruth and Bucky Stein Theater, it was the first time local actor and director Jason Aycock had a chance to work with blood elements. “I really dig it,” he said. “At first glance, it seems impossible to tell the […]

Thalian Association returns with a classic: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ highlights division of racism, unity in friendship

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WILMINGTON — Heralded on Broadway (three Outer Critics Circle, one Obie award) as well as in Hollywood (four Oscars, three Golden Globes), “Driving Miss Daisy” launched in 1987 and won the Pulitzer Prize in dramatic writing for its portrayal of an unlikely friendship that challenged the racial divide at a heated time in the American […]

Like mother, like daughter: A fraught relationship reveals desire to be loved in UNCW’s first theater show of the season

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WILMINGTON — UNCW’s theater department opened its first student production of the season Thursday evening. Featuring a cast of five, “A Taste of Honey” players turned around the show in only 28 days of rehearsals, according to its director, Ed Wagenseller. A local actor who has worked in the department since 2000, Wagenseller said launching a […]

Comedy club climbs from Front Street basement to Third Street bar and theater, officially opens to public

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WILMINGTON –– Early Friday morning, Timmy Sherrill was drilling in the lip of a chalkboard menu while Cole Craven was touching up paint on the new hand-built bar at Lush — a cocktail lounge and beer garden that also houses the theater for Dead Crow Comedy Room.  “Lush is the umbrella for the whole concept,” Sherrill explains […]

UNCW Office of the Arts postpones fall shows as university reports nearly 400 positive Covid-19 tests

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WILMINGTON — UNCW Office of the Arts announced its roster of programming for the 2021-2022 UNCW Presents season two weeks ago — featuring over a dozen concerts, dances, and literary and theatrical performances. Now, with the rise of Covid-19 cases on campus, the office will delay programming until November, according to a letter signed by […]

Opera House Theater Company announces ‘Footloose,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Newsies,’ for 2022 season

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WILMINGTON — “Safety continues to be our primary concern,” Justin Smith told Port City Daily last week. The executive director announced Opera House Theatre Company’s (OHTC) 2022 season, and if all goes according to plan, the musical “Footloose” will open at the end of December. It will mark the company’s first full season since 2020, when […]

Tributes to Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, Donna Summer all a part of new Broadway season at Wilson Center

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WILMINGTON — After a year of being shuttered and having to cancel or reschedule its numerous shows, The Wilson Center will be lifting the curtain once again for the 2021-22 season. The Cape Fear Community College state-of-the-art theater has announced its new Broadway season, which brings through top talent from shows that launch on the […]

‘Fostering a sense of connection’: UNCW gets back to in-person events with new season of arts programming

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WILMINGTON –– The antithesis to 2020’s year of isolation is collaboration — at least that’s the goal at UNCW’s Office of the Arts. Executive director Fidias Reyes said when curating the 2021 season of UNCW Presents, she thought in terms of empathy and humanity but, mostly, “fostering a sense of connection in these trying times.” […]