Theatre

Li’l Friday Roundup: 12 events happening this weekend across the Cape Fear

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Who needs to wait until summer to kick up their feet and enjoy the best of the Cape Fear coastal region? Spring has sprung in all sorts of ways in Wilmington and outlying areas, as folks are heading to more events to enjoy music, artist markets, theater, film and fundraisers. This weekend offers […]

SBA offers $16.25b in Shuttered Venues Operator Grants, set to open in April

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With $16.25 billion on the line to help concert and theater venues, movie theaters and nonprofit museums get out of the Covid-19 hole, the U.S. Small Business Administration has officially announced its online portal will open April 8 to accept applications for its Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG). RELATED: SBA to open Shuttered Venues Operators […]

Broadway and ‘Motown’-touring actor Tracy Byrd returns home to stage ‘Legends Live On!’

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Update: Adverse weather conditions have prevented “Legends Live On!” to run Mar. 19-21. Ticket holders can contact Thalian Box Office to reschedule. An additional performance has been added Thursday, Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m. WILMINGTON — “New York gives you a reality check,” Tracy Byrd told Port City Daily Wednesday, ahead of opening Opera House Theatre Company’s […]

Big Dawg’s theatrical audio format benefits reprisal of horror-fueled ‘Wendigo,’ streaming this month

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WILMINGTON — In 2016 when Chase Harrison won StarNews’ Theater Award for Best Original Play for “Wendigo” — a horror play that debuted at the now-defunct Browncoat Pub and Theater — little did he know he would reprise it in 2021 in a different format because of a pandemic. Big Dawg Productions is opening “Wendigo: […]

Focusing behind the lens: Theatre for All pivots, keeps connectivity, passion alive for artists with disabilities

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WILMINGTON — A local theater collective has gone from the stage to the big screen in making sure its members continue connecting and creating during Covid-19. Theatre for All encourages the passion of performance artists with disabilities, and over the course of the year has made seven original films — from writing the screenplays to acting […]

SBA to open Shuttered Venues Operators grant any day, funnels $15 billion into arts sector [Free]

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SOUTHEASTERN NC — Back in December, Congress passed the second largest federal package (right behind spring’s CARES Act) in its Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. Of the $2.3 trillion, $15 billion will go to the Save Our Stages Act — now referred to as the “Shuttered Venues Operators” (SVO) grant program — to help arts organizations and businesses […]

Wilmington comedian Cliff Cash hits #1 on iTunes charts with first LP ‘Half Way There’

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WILMINGTON — Though the last time comedian Cliff Cash performed live was March 15, 2020, at Let’s Comedy in Indianapolis, he’s still managing to get a rise out of audiences — and the iTunes comedy charts. On Jan. 8 Cash debuted his comedy LP, “Half Way There,” which reached number-one on iTunes comedy charts for […]

Port City Playwrights’ Project launch first virtual production of the year, find ways to challenge their output in 2021

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WILMINGTON — A group of local playwrights finished 11 original plays over the last year to showcase their first production of 2021, “The Power of One: A Virtual Monologue.” The writers are part of Port City Playwrights’ Project (PCPP), which usually hosts two productions annually, one in spring and one in fall, either at Cape Fear […]

Big Dawg Productions presents radio drama of ‘Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol’

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WILMINGTON — Usually this time of year, at least one staging of “A Christmas Carol” is going on in Wilmington. While entertainment venues, and thus theater companies, have been thwarted by Covid protocols from doing in-person shows, Big Dawg Productions is finding a way to bring the famed tale of redemption into the homes of […]

Opera House’s ‘The Piano Men’ becomes a holiday revue

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WILMINGTON—Opera House Theatre Company launched an original musical revue, “The Piano Men,” on the Thalian Hall Portico steps and reprised it at Wrighstville Beach’s Blockade Runner to sold-out crowds in November. Now, the theater company is amending the show to become a holiday hit! RELATED: Bringing soul to the keys: Opera House Theatre Company presents musical […]