cape fear regional theatre's
2012 - 2013
Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne
October 26 - November 11, 2012
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.
Music and Lyrics by
Laurence O'Keefe and Neil Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
January 24 - February 10, 2013
OMIGOD! The hit movie is now a smash hit musical! When sorority star Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend for someone “serious”, Elle sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Elle proves that hard work, determination and being true to yourself never goes out of style. Packed with fun and frolic, Legally Blonde is the best show in town, case closed.
Written & Directed by Mike Wiley
March 7 - 24, 2013
In the fiery first months of America’s civil rights movement, waves of young people, mostly college students, rode buses into the heart of the Deep South. Many were brutally attacked, arrested, and imprisoned in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary, where they invented an ingenious pastime to help them endure, a live variety show inspired by programs then popular on radio and television. Jokes, stories, singing and Bible readings sprang from every cell. This nightly event became known as The Parchman Hour. With characters such as Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, The Parchman Hour honors an important piece of history. Written and directed by North Carolina-based artist Mike Wiley to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders’ journey from Washington, DC to New Orleans during the heart of the Civil Rights era. The Parchman Hour embodies CRFT’s deepened focus on bringing its audiences accessible but challenging works that stimulate discussion even as they entertain.
By Jane Austen
Adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy & J.R. Sullivan
April 18 - May 5, 2013
Jane Austen’s most popular novel, in this theatrical adaptation by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan. Mrs. Bennet will stop at nothing to obtain advantageous matches for her five middle-class daughters. This shouldn’t be difficult for Jane, the eldest and the family beauty. Her sister Elizabeth is another story. Witty and outspoken, Elizabeth takes an instant dislike to the high-born Mr. Darcy. He professes to find her barely tolerable. Or does he? Can their simmering attraction overcome class distinctions and prejudices about each other? Jane Austen’s beloved classic sparkles in this fresh and entertaining period adaptation.
Special Event Productions
By Barbara Robinson
School Performances December 4-14, 2012 / Public Performances December 6-16, 2012
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has been a highlight of Fayetteville’s holiday season for over 20 years. Working with local and regional actors, as well as dozens of young graduates of our acting classes, this CFRT tradition features three rotating casts—allowing broad participation in the celebration on stage as well as in the audience.
The Classic Theatre Series Production
(at FSU’s Seabrook Auditorium)
School Performances February 25 & 26
Public Performance February 23
For seventeen years, CFRT’s Classic Theatre Series has served as the foundation of our commitment to using theatre as a tool to engage, educate, and entertain students through a partnership with the Cumberland County School District. In March 2013, CFRT will build on this model program by collaborating with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra as well as the Fayetteville State Theater Department to stage Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Fayetteville State’s 1,300-seat Seabrook Auditorium. In addition to performances for the general public, 2,000 Cumberland County School District 11th graders will attend the performance at no charge.
Book by Tom Key and Russell Trey
Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin
(at Campbellton Landing Amphitheater)
Directed by Bo Thorp
May 16-26, 2013
The River is calling you! A gem of musical theatre, this reverential retelling of the book of Matthew
transplants the story of Jesus into the American South, and considers
what might have happened had Jesus been born in Georgia.
A cast of exhuberant actors/singers/musicians takes the audience on a fun, foot-stomping and
inspiring journey. Presented with zest and uninhibited joy, Cotton Patch Gospel is
sure to be a season favorite, especially if you enjoyed the Smoke on the Mountian trilogy.