Midday Interviews

City Ballet of Wilmington

Wilmington's City Ballet premiered A Carolina Nutcracker in 2011 and it has become a local tradition, continuing this year. Approximately 100 dancers perform roles as the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, soldiers, rats, Drosselmeyer, and all the rest...but this Nutcracker incorporates Wilmington history as well-without sacrificing any of the classical Tchaikovsky elements.

Renowned artist Virginia Wright-Frierson has an exhibit hanging in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery titled At Home and Abroad: Watercolors, Oils, and Prints. Listen above to hear Virginia's relationship with watercolor and oil-and the biggest problem about being an artist. The prints in the exhibit are lino cuts, old-fashioned cut-out linoleum rolled with ink and set onto paper. Hear about the lino cuts, and Virginia's advice to new artists, below.

TheatreNOW always presents a Christmas show, and it's become a tradition for Nick Smith to direct it. Last year, it was Trailer Park Christmas; this year it's Tuna Christmas. This is a sequel to Greater Tuna, staged earlier this year. It's Christmas set in Tuna, Texas featuring about 20 characters-all played by two women: Susan Auten and Erin Hunter. Director Nick Smith and Susan Auten joined us in the studio to talk about the show.

Wilmington's newest theatre company, Second Star Theatre, just opened its first show a few weeks ago-the musical The Last 5 Years. The group's second endeavor comes close on its heels: Fame the Musical by the Second Star Teen Program, running November 25-December 4 at Dreams Garage. Actors Maggie Stone and Mathis Turner plus director Izzy Gorden joined us. The show is being produced by teenagers with some mentorship by adults. For director Izzy Gorden, that mentor is David Loudermilk, former Artistic Director of Thalian Association. Listen to Stone, Turner, and Gorden talk about the experience of putting on a show with a group of teens in leadership roles.

One herald of the holiday season in the Cape Fear Region is upon us: Art for the Masses (AFTM). This annual November art show and sale features artwork from 96 artist this year, all priced under $250. The show is one day only, opening Saturday morning at 9:00 and running through 3:00 Saturday afternoon. Stephanie Norris, Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs at UNCW, manges this event. She explains how it ended up on campus and why it's valuable to the University; listen above.

Cripple Creek Cloggers

Don't jump-the first sound you'll hear in this interview is Jason Aycock's tennis shoes pounding on the floor of the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR. Aycock joined us to talk about an upcoming performance of Cripple Creek Cloggers, and he was kind enough to share a clogging lesson while he was here. 

Christopher Marino

Director Christopher Marino and actor Katherine Carr joined us to talk about a new adaptation of "Beauty & the Beast." UNCW Theatre presents the show, running one more weekend at UNCW's Mainstage Theatre: Friday, 11/18 & Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00pm &  7:00pm; Sunday 11/20 at 2:00pm. While the show is a bit scary (there's a beast, after all), it's appropriate for ages 6+. Don't expect Disney's version of the story-this is a brand new telling of the old tale.

Liz Halloran loves Dance la Cachuca by Gilbert &  Sullivan. Lucky for her-and the community-Cape Fear Chorale is performing this piece this weekend: Gilbert & Sullivan In Concert. Liz is a singer and board member of the Chorale; she joined us, along with fellow singer/board member Todd Vernon. Listen above.

Gallop for the Gravy

The Wilmington West Rotary Club is sponsoring its 10th annual Run for the Hungry-Gallop for the Gravy. It's a 5K race on Thanksgiving morning, raising money for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Fully Belly Project, and Nourish NC, three organizations dedicated to alleviating hunger.

Matt Carvin, Executive Director of Dreams of Wilmington, is busy preparing for this year's big fundraiser: Over the Edge.

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