2020 has been a year like no other for everyone in our community and we all look forward to a return to better times. Thank you to all the individuals and businesses, season ticket holders and sponsors, who generously supported Thalian Association when the theatres were dark. Thanks to you our mission of high quality theatrical performance and youth theatre arts education will continue for many more generations. Please check back for the announcement of our 2021-2022 season! We are so excited to return to the theatre and be with the community we love! Your support and belief in the mission of the Thalian Association Community Theatre is what makes all of our programs possible.
Tracing our roots back to 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre was founded to enhance the rich artistic environment of the Cape Fear region. Today, our Youth Theatre presents five productions annually with auditions open to performers ages six through high school seniors. Our Youth Theatre Academy offers classes in various theatrical areas such as acting, movement, audition techniques and technical threatre. Through our community outreach program Theater 4 Change, we send instructors to the Community Boys & Girls Club. The Brigade Boys & Girls Club, and the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington to teach theatre arts and support the enhancement program offered through New Hanover County Schools. Every season we provide ten free daytime performances to designated Title One elementary and middle schools. Three of those performances are sensory friendly for students in the Specially Designed Academics program. During the pandemic when live performances were not possible, shows were filmed for virtual presentation.
As professional managers of the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, Thalian Association Community Theatre provides arts instructors with opportunities to teach classes at the Community Arts Center at reduced rates and visual artists have new opportunities to showcase their work in our new Community Gallery Space. As always, we will continue to provide space for rehearsals and meetings to qualifying non-profits at no charge to encourage and support the arts at all levels.
We are proud to support our visual arts community with the beloved downtown Wilmington Memorial Day Weekend festival Orange Street ArtsFest – a tradition since 1995! Every year we present a Divine Divas fundraiser to raise funds for the She ROCKS ( Research Ovarian Cancer Knowledge Support) and out Youth Theatre programs.
Of course none of these things would be possible without the support of the community and businesses like yours. Please consider becoming an annual Sponsor of the Thalian Association Community Theatre and enjoy the best of local theatre!
Check Back Soon for the 2021-2022 Season!