FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2017
Contact: Liz Thompson
Cape Fear Regional Theatre
CAPE FEAR REGIONAL THEATRE ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF ARTS COUNCIL GRANT
Fayetteville, NC— Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) announces the receipt of a $235,000 Community Organization Resource (CORE) grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Inc. for the 2017-2018 Season. “The Arts Council’s stewardship of the cultural resources of Cumberland County is extraordinary,” says CFRT Artistic Director Mary Catherine Burke. “We would not be able to produce the quality of work that is created on our stage and impact the lives of 40,000 people each year without this grant and the tireless advocacy of the Arts Council.”
“Great Stories Told Here” – our motto and our promise – is our guiding principal. This season, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is thrilled to share a mix of truly great stories that are sure to entertain, stimulate imagination, spark conversation, and bring the community together with the power of live theatre. Effie White and her best friends will grapple with the cost of success in the dazzling production of Dreamgirls and audience members will be on the edge of their seats during the suspense thriller Wait Until Dark. In February, Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters will come to life in a fantastical, flying, musical extravaganza in Seussical. Audiences will then join in the edgy, thought-provoking, and most produced play in American theatre last year, Disgraced. Wrapping up the season will be a fresh, engaging, and imaginative version of Sense and Sensibility and a Gospel-filled great time, Crowns, which will stir your soul and inspire you to connect to your roots. Ticket sales account for less than 40% of CFRT’s funding. Grants such as this grant from the Arts Council are essential to ensuring great stories are told here.
“Operating Support grants are designed to strengthen our community through the arts,” says Deborah Martin Mintz, executive director of the Arts Council. “We’re proud to support a strong arts organization such as Cape Fear Regional Theatre, which is vital to maintaining a vibrant community, essential for economic development and integral in the development of a creative workforce.”
The Arts Council’s Community Organization Resource (CORE) Grants may be awarded to local arts agencies in Cumberland County whose programs are vital to the cultural life of the community and whose organizations have reached a size and maturity that assure their long-term viability. The purpose of these grants is to strengthen and stabilize major arts institutions and help them to deliver high quality arts services to the citizens of Cumberland County.
CFRT is committed to presenting an annual series of plays, performances and special events that, in addition to entertaining, will enlighten, inspire, and educate performers and audiences. CFRT strives to tell the stories that resonate with all members of this dynamic diverse community, and be a place for the entire community to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share experiences, and grow as a community.
About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves the 300,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For more than 30 years, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.