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Tony Award Winner and former Wilmington Resident, Linda Lavin and her husband, Steve Bakunas bought and renovated a South Third Street garage not far from their downtown home. In 2007, they launched the Red Barn Studio Theatre, staging complex dramas and comedies by contemporary American playwrights.

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CONTACT: Susan Habas, Executive Director
Thalian Association Community Theatre
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THE ORANGE STREET ARTSFEST COMES OF AGE IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

WILMINGTON, NC – The Orange Street ArtsFest (OSAF) marks its 21st return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second Streets, next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building and on 2nd Street.
The OSAF is one of the largest arts festivals in Downtown Wilmington with more than 80 artists exhibiting oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, metal arts and paper creations. This year the OSAF will be juried by long time Wilmington resident Owen Wexler, an internationally known visual artist whose work has been featured on TV and film. Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with four Judges Awards and cash prizes totaling $550.00.
Live entertainment and great food will be a highlight of the quaint family friendly festival with culinary delights from Catch, Poor Piggy’s BBQ, North Carolina Sweet Tea and Snowy of the Carolinas. Hourly music and dance performances are scheduled on the Orange Street Stage beside the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center featuring artists who perform or teach in the Community Arts Center. Anevay Dance Company, El Jaye Johnson, Flor-Y-Canto, Revolver Music and Rhythm & Grits are slated to perform. Thalian Association Community Theatre will present selections from the upcoming 2016 – 2017 Main Stage Thalian Hall and Youth Theatre productions
The festival will also celebrate young talent with the return of the High School Student’s Art Contest Exhibition presented by the Wilmington Art Association. The artwork will be displayed in the lobby museum of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center with the wartime exhibits including memorials to Wilmington’s two Medal of Honor recipients. The public is invited to tour all the World War II exhibits while visiting the inside artists.
Other featured artists inside the Community Arts Center include students from DREAMS of Wilmington, the nationally award winning arts education program and for the first time The Children’s Museum of Wilmington will have an interactive display inside the building. The Children’s Museum staff will lead activities during the two day festival featuring fun stations with science experiments, construction with foam building blocks and the famous arts and crafts station for entire families to enjoy. “We are delighted to partner with The Children’s Museum of Wilmington,” said Susan Habas, Executive Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre. “The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event and our goal is to make the festival fun for all ages.”
Thalian Association Community Theatre launched the Orange Street ArtsFest in 1995 to promote the arts in Wilmington and the Community Arts Center (CAC), located in the Historic USO building. The community theatre association has managed the CAC for the City of Wilmington since 1994. The 75-year-old landmark building, long recognized as the local center of visual and performing arts, was completely renovated in 2008 and is now known as the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. For more information about the building and its history please visit wilmingtoncommunityarts. The 21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest is sponsored in part by WAAV, WGNI, WHQR, WWAY, Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLC, The George On The Riverwalk, Encore, and Bring It Downtown.
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, five productions at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.

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The Mercy Seat

WILMINGTON, NC – Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina, will hold auditions for the first show of their 2016 Red Barn Season, The Mercy Seat. Auditions will be held Monday, June 13 & Tuesday June 14 at 7pm at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. The production, directed by Anthony Lawson, runs August 11 – 28 at the Red Barn Studio Theatre.
Available Roles: Ben Harcourt: male, late twenties/early thirties, all ethnicities Abby Prescott: female, mid-forties, all ethnicities
Synopsis: Set on September 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat continues Neil LaBute’s unflinching fascination with the often-brutal realities of the war between the sexes. In a time of national tragedy, the world changes overnight. A man and a woman explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they had lived just the day before. Can one be opportunistic in a time of universal selflessness?
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, a summer season at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.

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Youth Theatre – Tickets on sale May 31, 2016

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