Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 30, 2014.

Arts and the local economy:  will a new performing arts venue, the largest in the region, edge out smaller theater companies in the competition for ticket buyers? 

Tony Rivenbark is the Executive Director of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. He was recently honored with the creation of a Roman bust now on display in the lobby, in recognition to his 35 years of service to the hall. Rivenbark tells us about the Main Attraction Series that just launched a new season. Details at

Based on a John le Carre novel, this extraordinary thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, will throw you head first into the high stakes world of international crime and intrigue. When a half-Chechen, half-Russian brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's illicit fortune, both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest.

Cape Fear Community College

Construction of southeastern North Carolina’s newest performing arts venue is well underway in downtown Wilmington.

Jason Hess


Paul Teal plays Huck Finn and Khawon Porter plays Jim in the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, being presented by Thalian Association Community Theatre.  It opens Thursday night and runs for two weekends on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.  For tickets, call 910-632-2285.  

Note: The Opening Night Performance for Thursday, Jan 30th, has been cancelled due to dangerous road conditions. 


Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Nonprofits around the region are grappling with the meaning of changes to state tax laws that go into effect January 1st. 

Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Non-profits in the Cape Fear region are scrambling to figure out what changes to state tax laws will mean for them. 

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Approximately 68-hundred patrons of  Thalian Hall could have their credit card information in the hands of hackers.

As City of Wilmington officials prepare the budget for the next fiscal year, nonprofits and arts organizations are working hard to make their case for the well-documented link between economic development and the arts.