The premiere of Opera Wilmington is coming up with a fully-staged production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Artistic Director Nancy King and Executive Director Wendy Fingerhut talk about how this long-held dream of a local opera company is coming to pass.
Performances are July 25 and 26 at 8pm, plus July 27 at 3pm – in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage.
My guests today were Joy Dupree Gregory, founder and artistic director of True 2 U Productions, and Tracy Byrd, the director and choreographer of the company’s latest show -- Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller.
The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 – this weekend and next – at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1415 S. 17th Street. Tickets / info: 910-515-3327
Monday, June 16th is Bloomsday, on which James Joyce fans around the world celebrate the book Ulysses and its protagonist Leopold Bloom. At Old Books on Front Street at 7pm, a portion of the play-within-the-book will be performed by marionettes! Jazz pianist/composer James Jarvis has written music for the show; Gina Gambony and Christy Grantham will work the marionettes created by Nina and Bryan Cournoyer. Bookstore owner Gwenyfar Rohler and musician James Jarvis tell us all about it.
Financial behaviorist Syble Solomon gives a talk called DeMystifying Credit -- tonight at 6:00 at the Northeast Library. She has created The Good Credit Game, a colorful board game crammed full of surprising information on credit. For more information, you can call the library at 910-798-6306. To learn more about Syble, go to MoneyHabitudes.com
Joanna Cole, author of the The Magic School Bus series, will be at The Coastal Education Center next to Wrightsville Beach Museum on Saturday from 4 to 6. NC Coastal Federation is hosting a book reading and signing event with her to celebrate her latest book, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.
My guests were director Michelle Reiff and performer Rachel Walter. Thalian Association Children’s Theatre presents its last show of the season – TACT Radio: Hits Through the Ages, two hours of music from the 50s through today. With performances by youth aged 8-18, the two-hour show is directed by Michelle Reiff, with musical direction by Jonathan Barber.
The show runs this weekend only: Thursday and Friday at 7, Saturday at 3 and 7, and Sunday at 3 at the Hannah Block Historic USO. Tickets are available there.
Opera House Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz. This stage version was created by the Royal Shakespeare Company and follows the classic 1939 film almost exactly, but making all those cinematic special effects work on stage is a challenge! Director Suellen Yates and actor Tony Rivenbark (who plays Professor Marvel and The Wizard) tell us about this huge undertaking.
The show opens June 4th and runs through June 22nd. Tickets available at ThalianHall.org or 910-632-2285.