Midday Interviews

Alexa Doran

Patty Proutey's 19-year-old son Joshua was killed in 2012 as he left the Community Arts Center downtown late last night. She has created a non-profit to honor his memory which will provide funding for life-affirming activities for at-risk youth in the hope that "good ultimately can come form Joshua's death." The launch of the non-profit, called Journey4Josh, is this Friday from 6-9 PM at Cape Fear Community College's beautiful new Union Station. Patty will speak, as will District Attorney Ben David.

Ronnie Wise and David Tousignant tell us about Coastal Carolina Christmas, two nights at St. Paul's Episcopal Church that feature two different concerts. On Friday, December 12 The Wilmington Boys Choir makes its official debut along with the choirs of St. Paul's and soloists (Nancy King, Whitney Lanier, Sara Westermark, Bob Workmon and John Callison) performing traditional music of the season. Also featured will be selections from Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Saint-Seans' Christmas Oratorio. A champagne and chocolate reception will follow the performances. 

Bill Hamlet is president of the Landfall Foundation, which raises funds to support many non-profits in our area. The foundation just gave out $310,000 in grants last week. The annual Holiday Marketplace is one of the foundation's fundraisers. Co-chair Jessica Schreiber describes the abundance of items on sale. Tickets are $20, available through the website LandfallFoundation.org Your ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, shopping and a chance to help your community. There will be a cash bar.

City Stage Company presents a new musical theatre version of the beloved film A Christmas Story. It opens and runs for three weekends - Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. Today's guests were director Debra Gillingham and actor Harper Peterson (playing the grown-up Ralphie, who narrates the action). For tickets, call 910.342.0272 or email CityStageCoReservations@gmail.com

The Brunswick Concert Band, made up of a 50 volunteer musicians from teenagers to retirees in their 80s, will give two Autumn Concerts this weekend - on Friday at 7:30 in Hatch Auditorium, Caswell Beach; and on Sunday at 3:00 in Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College. Selections wil include some famous marches, an arrangement of Christmas carols, and Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto. George Bobeck will be conducting, and his wife, Jane Boberg will be the piano soloist.

Cape Fear Chorale presents Musical Morsels: Fall Concert. Board members Jim Glasenapp and Cindy Houck were my guests and told us about the diverse pieces that will be sung, including some patriotic favorites. A portion of the donations received will go to the local non-profit Step Up for Soldiers. The concerts are both at Winter Park Baptist Church; on Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 4 PM. For more details visit Cape Fear Chorale.org

Alexa Doran

Daniel Metz is the producer, co-writer and one of the five actors in a new feature film called Hide and Seek. The film will be shown TONIGHT at 7 pm at Thalian Hall for Cucalorus. Born in Boston, Daniel currently lives in London with his wife Joanna Coates, who is director and also co-writer of the film. Hide and Seek follows four young people who flee the cynicism and financial pressures of the big city and establish their own commune in the country.

Susan Savia hosts a series called the Stone Soup Concerts. Her latest edition of Stone Soup features Rabbi Shuviel Ma'aravi and Josh Polak performing folk music from many traditions including Ladina, Chassidic, Sephardic, Celtic, American and contemporary folk. You can hear a sample of the Ladino song 'Alta, Alta Es La Luna' (High, High is the Moon) at the end of the interview.  They will be at B'nai Israel Synagogue TONIGHT at 7 pm (doors at 6:30 pm), 2601 Chestnut Street. Tickets are available at the door for $15.    

Thalian Association Community Theatre hosts a benefit concert called "It Takes Two, Take Two: Songs From the Silver Screen." It features great music from the movies, performed by adult and youth pairs in a wonderful collaboration. It was so successful last year (originally called "It Takes Two: Songs from the Great White Way), that creator/director Mike Thompson was inspired to stage something similar again. Mike was today's guest,  along with dancer and Youth Host Kegan Dubar; a junior at New Hanover County High School.

A new theatre company, Outrageous Pelican Productions, presents its first show - a night of three one act plays -  called "What Doesn't Kill Me..."   Playwright and company co-founder (with Nicole Farmer) Susan M. Steadman and actress Elaine Nalee were today's guests. The show will run November 13-23 at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle Street. Performances are at 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, and 3 pm on Sundays. For tickets call 910. 367. 5273 or visit BigDawgProductions.org