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DestinationFAY: Cape Fear Regional Theatre


By Michael Futch

The Cape Fear Regional Theatre, which dates back to 1962, long ago established its reputation for memorable productions from classics such as “The Sound of Music,” “The
King and I,” and “South Pacific” to the more whimsical “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Shrek.” And nearly every Broadway show in between.

In 2021, the theater began an extensive renovation that included replacing the old seating with new luxury chairs and a state-of-the-art sound system. “Our newly renovated theater will have wider seats, wider rows with significantly more legroom, better lighting, more handicapped seating locations, improved HVAC, an all new sound system – custom designed by a Tony Award-winning sound designer,” said Mary Kate Burke, artistic director. “We are also having a Tony Award-winning lighting designer design new lighting for our venue which will also be more energy efficient. All of these improvements will ensure that the experience of attending the theater is as high caliber as the work on the stage.”

The venue in the heart of the historic Haymount district features a 285-seat main stage and contracts actors, writers and designers from
throughout the country. Each year, the theater presents a six show season along with education and outreach programs that serve varying socioeconomic and ethnic
backgrounds, including the students from the area’s schools. 1209 Hay St. Call 910-323-4233. Visit online at cfrt.org.