The Outer Banks Voice – Theater of Dare has new home, new opportunities

The Outer Banks Voice – Theater of Dare has new home, new opportunities

Theater of Dare has new house, new alternatives By Kip Tabb | Outer Banking institutions


Theater of Dare has new house, new alternatives

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banking institutions Voice on February 7, 2022

Will kick off new location with ‘Arsenic and Outdated Lace’

Kelsey Thompson and Stuart Parks. (Image credit rating Kip Tabb)

With the announcement by Theater of Dare (TOD) Board President Stuart Parks that the business has signed a 3-yr lease for what was most a short while ago the Paparazzi Theater in Kitty Hawk, the TOD will have a new dwelling 30 many years after staging “California Suite,” its to start with production in 1992.

Building is underway at the new place for the next output, “Arsenic and Outdated Lace,” to be executed at the new Theater of Dare Theater. The perform will be carried out on February 18, 19, 25 and 26 with matinee performances on February 20 and 27.

The TOD is a non-experienced group theater company and a 501c3 governed by its board of directors. Along with the shift, it has also developed its first compensated placement with Kelsey Thompson to acquire on the purpose of business enterprise manager.

The TOD has led a nomadic lifetime due to the fact it was forced to transfer out of the COA phase when the setting up was condemned in 2017. Nevertheless the local community theater organization has been equipped to prosper as it moved from place to spot.

Together the way, the corporation uncovered new means to phase productions, innovating with how they could present exhibits to the general public.

“We realized to current performs in a wide range of ways. We never generally experienced theatre in the spherical ahead of,” he mentioned, citing an case in point. “We did that at the [Dare County Arts Council] gallery.”

Nevertheless, according to Parks, the time was correct to move ahead with leasing the house. The range of time ticket holders had noticed an upsurge due to the fact the starting of COVID limitations. “We have 250 season ticket holders now,” he mentioned. “That’s up from 200 last year.”

As a outcome, it had turn out to be more and more hard to accommodate season ticket holders and insure they all had a possibility to see a overall performance. For the last two plays, “Five Gals Putting on the Exact same Dress” in January and “Jacob Marley’s Xmas Carol” in December, further dates had to be added. Both performances ended up at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.

For the reason that the earlier small business at the Kitty Hawk spot experienced taken out all the seating to develop an open up space, TOD procured 200 seats. There are other improvements as effectively. There is also new lighting for the stage, and over time, TOD is hoping to have a improved audio process and make other updates as effectively.

The new spot will also let the organization to give theatergoers a a lot more classic working experience that they might have experienced at prior performances. The constructing began its everyday living as the Kitty Hawk Twin Movie Theater, opening in the early 1970s, and the snack counter is even now there.

“Our intent is to offer beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks for people,” Thompson reported, including, “No liquor.”

The new location delivers other opportunities as very well, and as Parks mentioned, “We’re taking into consideration what our choices are.”

“Our hope is to partner with people today on the Outer Banks…We’d enjoy to have anything transpire just about every thirty day period but with the time and everyone’s routine, it is sort of tricky. Maybe have lessons for little ones immediately after school…to have a place for little ones at least to have some imaginative stores,” Thompson explained. “We get a ton of opinions declaring we need to have far more for small children.”

One of the most probably changes will be the addition of one particular or probably two displays to the TOD’s 5 display-routine as properly as new fundraising gatherings.

“We’ve made a decision on possibly six to 7 [shows] that we may be accomplishing, as well as fundraisers, as well as a gala,” Thompson reported.

And with a phase and 200 seats, the new theater could be a venue for live songs.

“Hopefully this summer season, we’re going to have musical acts appear in,” Thompson claimed. “It’s limitless what we can do.”


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