Tony Rivenbark

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? 

The presentation of Box and Cox has been a tradition at Thalian Hall for 35 years.  All this time, Executive Director Tony Rivenbark has directed and performed the role of Mr. Cox, with a variety of memorable actors playing Mr. Box and Mrs. Bouncer (including Tommy Hull, Don Ansell, Jason Hatfield and Suellen Yates).   Rivenbark is only directing this round, casting Shane Fernando as Cox, Paul Teal as Box, and Caitlin Becka as Mrs. Bouncer.   

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 ThalianHall.org

Cape Fear Community College

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

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.