Joy Gregory took on a difficult task as director of the controversial Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, a story that has its roots in A Raisin in the Sun. Joy, along with actors Jane McNeill and JR Rodriguez, talk about the various layers of meaning that they found in this award-winning show. Performances are at the Red Barn Theatre February 26 - March 1, and the show also runs one weekend at Thalian Hall, March 19-22. More information at thalian.org
Opera House Theatre Company presents the macabre musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Director Ray Kennedy talked to us about the beauty and complexity of Stephen Sondheim's musical score, and actor Jeff Phillips (performing the title role) gives us his interpretation of the psychological pressures inflicted upon the Demon Barber. Show opens on Wednesday, February 25 at 8 PM at Thalian Hall and runs through March 8th, with 8:00 shows Thursday-Saturdays and 3 PM matinees on Sundays.
Dr. John LaCognata is the director of bands at UNCW and conducts a variety of performances each semester. Recently he became the director/conductor of the new performance group, the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. These performers from our region, including such cities as Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, and Fayetteville, are in the midst of their first season.
The upcoming performance is on Sunday, March 1st at Kenan Auditorium.
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Kevin Lee-Y Green, the artistic director of Techmoja Dance Company, created a humorous and poignant love story by weaving together classic love songs. Kevin visited us, bringing the musical director of the show, Marcus Suber and two performers, Adrienne DeBouse and Terrill Williams. The show runs February 19-22 at Theatre NOW. Tickets available at the theatre or here
Zephyros Winds and Barbara McKenzie are performing on Sunday, February 21 at the Church of the Servant as a part of the Chamber Music Wilmington Season. Barbara and Pat Marriott came in to tell us about the performance and the concert.
Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.
Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role.
Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here
The Theatre Network of Wilmington (TNOW) is throwing a red carpet Oscar Event at Theatre NOW on Monday night, February 22, 2015. Executive Director Zach Hanner and board president Sydney Penny came to our studio to talk about this fundraising event and explain the outreach work that TNOW is involved in. For more information about this local nonprofit organization and to get tickets for this event visit superstaracademy.org
Some cast members from City Stage's latest production stopped by to tell us about this absurd, yet philosophical and thought-provoking new musical, Triassiq Parq. The show tells the story of the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park from their own perspective - with a variety of adult themes, so leave the kids at home. For more information about the show click here