Theatre

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.” […]

‘Thursday Night Bridge Circle’ brings to light ’70s racial divide, integration in small Southern town

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WILMINGTON –– Though local director Ray Kennedy wasn’t leading big song and dance numbers through Covid, he didn’t give up his love for live theater completely. While hunkered down in Florida through the pandemic, Kennedy decided to pick up the pen and turn his passion from stage to page.  Fast forward 18 months later, he […]

Li’l Friday Roundup: 10 events taking place in the Cape Fear

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Sure, we may be experiencing some windy, rainy weather as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through, but she’ll be gone by this afternoon — just in time to kick off Li’l Friday with some baseball! The Sharks take on the RedWolves tonight at Buck Hardee Field at 7:05 p.m., then the weekend fun continues with […]

$500,000 donation and over $3m in grants help expand Wilson Center, CFCC outreach

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WILMINGTON — In the last week, Cape Fear Community College and the Wilson Center cumulatively received more than $3.5 million in grants and donations that will expand and strengthen arts, education and community outreach in the Cape Fear region.  Henry and Roya Weyerhaeuser donated a half-million dollars Tuesday to spearhead the groundbreaking of a special events […]