Midday Interview


Last week I read a number of critical comments taken from our recent Listener Survey. Several people were moved to respond. Listener Bill wrote:

Robinhood: A Tale of Two Hoods

Mar 15, 2015

Dorothy Reynolds and Danielle Bringard visited WHQR to tell us about the original play adaption, "Robinhood: A Tale of 2 Hoods."   These young ladies have been involved in Journey Productions' PET project since they were young, and they enjoy taking leadership roles in this production now that they are in college.  Dorothy is a Performance Educator with the cast and Danielle facilitated input from young writers for the script.

The show is at the Community Arts Center Thursdays-Sundays through March 15. 

Harpists Provide Therapeutic Music

Mar 10, 2015

Local harpists Julie Rehder and Carole Green visited our studio today-we were in for a treat because they brought their instruments along! 

The North Carolina Coastal Federation holds a Coastal Speakers Series, where experts address various topics,  from oysters to organic gardens to local avian diversity.  Becky Peter is the Community Engagement Fellow with the NCCF and spoke with us about the series.  The upcoming topic is organic gardening and we heard from Evan Folds, the founder and owner of Progressive Gardens about healthy soil and a few things we need to know to grow plants locally.  

Gina Gambony

The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with "A Gala in Wonderland." Interim Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson  and Outreach Coordinator Erin Payne came in to tell us about the work the organization does in our community - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party will help raise money for this work to continue. The Gala is at Audi Cape Fear on Staurday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. To find out more about the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party visit their website here

Allie McCulloch and Ron Fallica moved to Wilmington 2 years ago from Los Angeles. Within two weeks of their arrival they started a business serving local screen actors through workshops, classes, and one-on-one help with everything from resumes to headshots to websites. In their interview, they share their love of Wilmington and the local acting community. To find out more about their services click here

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.

Alexa Doran

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.

For more information or videos of their work click here

Gina Gambony

  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