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Visual and Performing Artists Create An Unforgettable Experience During the Children's Theater Production Of CATS

Thalian Association Children's Theater presents the beloved masterpiece CATS, based on the popular poetry of T. S. Eliot. CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theater phenomenon, Thalian Association presented CATS as a Wilmington premiere in its “Season of Firsts” in 2006.

Artists from the Wilmington Art Association will paint our young actors in the visually stunning and iconic makeup of the beloved characters for an exhibition in the lobby of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center during the run of the play. The paintings will be on sale to the public with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Community Arts Center.

"Artists of the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) are excited to have an opportunity to be involved with CATS and Thalian Association," said Gale Smith co-President of the Wilmington Art Association. "WAA is supportive of all the Arts, including theater, and look forward to being among the young actors and capturing them in costume as they prepare for this musical theater production. What a creative way to bring the Visual Arts and the Performing Arts together! WAA is always seeking new opportunities to promote the Arts with the youth in our community; CATS is a perfect example of how we wish to be involved with our youth."

The Wilmington Art Association is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for area visual artists to gain community recognition through shows and exhibitions. It offers a forum wherein artists, local craftsmen, and people interested in the visual arts can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and contribute to the community. It provides educational programs, demonstrations, and lectures, which will lead to better public understanding and appreciation of visual arts. WAA 

Join the Jellicle Cats onstage and view the immortal characters on canvas for one weekend only May 14 through 17 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7PM; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3PM. For Tickets click on the link below.

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WILMINGTON, NC – The Thalian Association is seeking artists for the 20th Anniversary Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair is held on Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building. The popular juried show is the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 60 artists with $550.00 in prize money. 
Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. For information about booth rental, deadlines and application process please visit Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director. Read more....  



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David Loudermilk, Artistic Director
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A Season for Everyone

The Thalian Association, North Carolina’s Official Community Theatre, is proud to announce their 2015-2016 season. Mirroring new social media trends, but staying true to our roots, we present a season that is relatable to the past, yet looks ahead to the future. This season spans time, space and even certain realities, across three different performance venues. As a community theatre, we hope to create a season for everyone.

Our second annual summer season at The Red Barn Studio will begin with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (June 11-28). As the temperatures rise outside in July (9-26), things get hot on stage with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Finishing off the season will be Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing from August 6-23. These productions will run at The Red Barn Studio, 1122 S. 3rd Street, in downtown Wilmington, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM with Sunday matinees at 3PM. Tickets will be available for purchase in August online at or by calling 910-251-1788.

The Thalian Association Children’s Theatre season brightens the stage with the vibrant musical Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber (October 9-18). Ring in the holiday season with Babes in Toyland from December 3-6. Our third annual It Takes Two, titled T23, is a unique collaboration that bridges the gap between youth performers and adult actors in the Wilmington Community. These talented performers take the stage January 22-24. Those furry, spotted friends jump on to the stage with Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids! (February 26-March 6). As spring approaches, The Secret Garden: Spring Edition blooms onstage April 22-May 1. Productions will run at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7PM with Sunday matinees at 3PM.  Tickets will be avaliable for purchase in August online at or by calling 910-341-7860.

The Thalian Association begins their Main Stage Season with the Wilmington premiere of The Addams Family. Everyone’s favorite spooky family will haunt Thalian Hall from September 24-October 4. That “favorite aunt” brings “Dixie back to Dixieland” with the classic musical Mame, running December 10-20. The new year will kick off with Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning Death of a Salesman (February 4-14). The second Wilmington premiere of the season will be Green Day’s American Idiot (April 7-17). Closing the season will be the slapstick comedy Noises Off by Michael Frayn (May 19-29). Productions will run at historic Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30PM with Sunday matinees at 3PM. Tickets will be avaliable for purchase in August online at or by calling 910-632-2285.

Established in 1788, the Thalian Association is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. The Thalian 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. The Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) is a youth production company that offers training and performance opportunities for children age 7 through high school seniors. In 2007, North Carolina legislature named the Thalian Association North Carolina’s Official Community Theatre. 






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Thalian Association Community Theatre
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Our heartfelt thanks to the generous organizations who supported the Thalian Association and our Children's Theater with grant awards for our 2014-2015 season.  These funds provide much-needed support for our productions, programs and operating expenses.

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