Theater of Dare (TOD), community theater for the Outer Banks, will showcase its new home to former Paparazzi OBX in Kitty Hawk with the opening of Arsenic and old lace Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“For more than four years we have wandered around Dare County, and I am thrilled to report that we have finally found a place to settle down,” said Stuart Parks II, President of TOD. “It’s really rewarding to see TOD take things to the next level after thirty years of performing for the community.”
In addition to the quality theatrical productions for which the group has become known, the new TOD house aims to be a place where all the performing arts can be shared and celebrated. Plans include musical acts, performing arts classes, summer camps and more. While cast and crew have been busy producing the first three shows of this 31st season, the board and other volunteers have been working diligently to successfully move in and remodel the new location.
“I think it’s safe to say that this has been a labor of love for everyone involved,” said TOD Chief Commercial Officer Kelsey Thompson. “It took a lot of elbow grease and community support to get us to where we are now. I, for one, am excited about how we will reimagine this new space – how we can make it a welcoming place for everyone in Dare County and the surrounding area. »
To support the expense of preparing the theater for use, TOD is launching a fundraising campaign to help defray the costs of technical equipment, in particular a much-needed theatrical lighting system, system upgrades sound system, as well as chairs for the public and building maintenance needs.
“Our goal for our Welcome Home fundraiser is to raise $20,000, all of which will go toward the cost of items we need to run successful productions in our new home,” Thompson said. “Additionally, there will be incentive benefits as a ‘thank you’ at each level of donation. Although there are many items on our wish list, our first priority is to have the necessary equipment to maintain our reputation for theatrical excellence.
“Now that we are opening a new theater, I anticipate new faces, people willing to get involved both onstage and off,” Parks continued. “We’ve always been keen to welcome everyone – having a home base should help amplify our reach.”
The new location at 3848 N. Croatan Highway began as the Kitty Hawk Twin Cinema when Kitty Hawk Plaza was built in 1984. Eventually the space hosted events, mostly musical, like Outer Banks Jubilee Theater and then Paparazzi OBX . The new TOD House will accommodate an audience of 200, with ticketing and refreshment service capacity in the lobby as well as spacious restrooms, a sizable stage and space for an office and storage.
“Formed in 1990 by the Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Forum, TOD was intended to extend the group’s mission to bring all forms of the arts alive to the Outer Banks. The community theater had to perform in a variety of venues, staging its first production at a local restaurant. For several years their home base was the auditorium of the old Albemarle College building in Manteo, which was condemned in 2017,” a TOD statement read. “Since then, the vagabond band has produced nearly twenty shows at venues including Dare County Arts Council, the Lost Colony Soundstage and Roanoke Island Festival Park – including three virtual performances during the pandemic.”
For information on donating to the Welcome Home fundraiser, updates on progress at the new location, tickets to Arsenic and old lace and information on how to volunteer and get involved with TOD, visit www.TheatreofDareOBX.com.
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