Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

Mon-Fri 11:58 AM-12:06 PM

Monday* through Friday at 11:58 AM, Gina Gambony hosts a celebration of the arts and culture of the Lower Cape Fear. She interviews artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community events—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.

*Monday Midday Interviews are hosted by Pat Marriott.

Please send requests for interviews to classical@whqr.org.


Tune in to our Midday Interview at 11:58 to hear from our guests each week.

Midday Interviews for February 1st through February 5th:

Monday, February 1- Pat Marriott will speak with Rachel Bodkin Fox about the film Wilma Daniels: Living a Life of Legacy.

Tuesday, February 2- The earliest years of childhood are critical in human development. We’ll speak with Mebane Boyd about how Smart Start of Wilmington impacts early childhood development.

Wednesday, February 3- Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is now at Thalian Hall. We’ll discuss this thrilling work with someone from Thalian Association.

Thursday, February 4- Opera Wilmington will be performing L’Amore. We’ll talk to Nancy King about this exciting production.

Friday, February 5- Dram Tree Shakespeare will be bringing “The Tempest” to the stage. We will discuss this classic romantic comedy and audition opportunities.

Matt Carvin, Executive Director of the Dreams Center of Wilmington, joined us to talk about the final stretch of creating a performance space on Fanning Street.  Dreams is a nationally recognized youth development arts program for youth, with a focus on providing performing and visual art instruction to underserved communities.  Over the past 2 years, Dreams moved into the renovated warehouse on the North side of downtown Wilmington.

"Santa's Spider" by Theatre for All!

Dec 17, 2015

Theatre for All! was conceived and put in action about a year and a half ago through the Superstar Academy at Theatre Now.  The project was created to provide performance opportunities for youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and Williams Syndrome.

"Mame" at Thalian Hall: the Power of Personality

Dec 13, 2015

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade was written 60 years ago by Patrick Dennis, Mame's nephew. The book was on the New York Times best seller list for 112 weeks and spawned the popular movie starring Rosalind Russell.  Now you can see the popular musical created in 1965 on the mainstage of Thalian Hall, produced by Thalian Association.

Pat Marriot sat down with Merry Ann Wright and David Tousignant to talk about the Coastal Carolina Christmas concerts.  The  event is happening at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 16 North 16th Street in downtown Wilmington.  On Friday night, the Wilmington Boys Choir sings carols while the Choir of St. Paul's sings selections from Handel's Messiah along with soloists and chamber orchestra.  A sparkling Chocolate Reception follows.  On Saturday, keyboardist and accordionist Al DiMarco hosts a cabaret performance with appetizers and drinks.  

Alisa Harris, the Owner/Producer of Theatre Now and Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, joined us in the studio last week.  Wilmington's only dinner theatre venue has a lot going on this holiday season-for adults and kids.   

Upcoming highlights include:

A Trailer Park Christmas Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through December 20 (7:00/3:00 Sundays)

Local actors Anthony Lawson and Holli Saperstein have created the newest theatre company in town: Panache.  The company's first show is Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' narrative that brings melancholy and hilarity together in the form of a disgruntled elf named Crumpet (stuck in a shopping mall, not the North Pole).  The show has been produced in Wilmington multiple times over the years with a some of our best local actors playing the role of Crumpet-it seems only appropriate that Lawson join the club.  

Pat Marriott spoke with the artists behind the work in our latest MC Erny Gallery exhibit, Paper & Paint.  Kathy Stovall (collage, monoprint) and Joan McLoughlin (acrylics) discuss their work and inspiration.  The exhibit is open for viewing weekdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, plus a special 2-hour opening on Friday, December 11 from 6-8 as a part of the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll.

The world-class Army Ground Forces Band is coming to Wilmington for a one-night performance at CFCC's Arts & Humanities Center.  Wilmington is one of 4 North Carolina locations enjoying this treat.  This holiday concert is on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are free.

Festival of Trees at Aquarium through December 6

Dec 2, 2015

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice presents The Festival of Trees at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher this year.   Laurie Taylor, the Vice-President of Development at Hospice, joined us to talk about the festival and the programs the Festival supports.

Joan Leotta is an author, journalist, storyteller, and teacher.  She's had a particularly busy year wearing her author hat, publishing 3 books in 2015:  Secrets of the Heart, Simply a Smile, and WHOOSH!  These books are available from local booksellers, including Old Books on Front Street, 2 Sisters Bookery, and Pomegranate Books.