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December 2021

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Page 32 of 69 | 29 910.868.5131 | 3200 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303 | Fayetteville Academy Fayetteville Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Visit for more information • Pre-K through grade 12 STEAM SmartLabs ® • Chromebook 1:1 program • Grades 4-7 LEGO ® Robotics Team • 71 percent of students who take the AP exams score a 3 or higher. • More than $500,000 in need-based financial aid awarded annually to qualified applicants. • The 23 members of the Class of 2021 were offered more than $1.3 million in college scholarships and grants. RANKED #1 IN THE NICHE.COM 2021 BEST PRIVATE K-12 SCHOOLS IN THE FAYETTEVILLE AREA e BCPE audience will be first to enjoy the result of a nine-month-long renovation of the theater auditorium. "It almost feels like a celebration. is whole time, we've been saying, 'We can't wait to have people back in our space," said the theater's marketing director, Ashley Owen. Amid the pandemic and renovation, CFRT found creative ways to connect with their audience, holding events at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, an auto shop and in parking lots. "It's been fantastic," said Owen, "but we are so thrilled that people are going to walk through our front doors and sit in our theater and watch a show on our stage and we are so excited that it's 'e Best Christmas Pageant Ever."' A state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system will fill the theater with fresh air. Rob Kaplowitz, a Tony- award winning sound designer, personally designed the new sound system for the theater, visiting several times to install and perfect it. "e floors are new. e rows are wider, and the seats are deeper. Every seat in the theater has Broadway-quality sound. It's familiar, but it's brand new. It's just beautiful," Owen said. Jenny deViere will be among the eager crowd to welcome back the nostalgia. At 12 years old, deViere was first to grace the stage as main protagonist Beth Bradley, a role she played for five years, and reprised for a special all-alumni cast in the production's 25th year. Her sister, Laura Beaver, spent many years as the unforgettably loveable antagonist Gladys Herdman. She is happy to reminisce about her time in BCPE. "e first director of the show was Holden Hansen. He treated us like adults. He made us accountable and responsible. We learned not to judge a book by its cover," she said of the positive lessons she hopes theater will one day impart on her son, Grey, 5, who is already earning his acting chops in CFRT studio classes. She laughed, recalling the early years of the show. Ironically, the troupe was displaced by a massive renovation in the early 1990s that fashioned CFRT into the space we know now. Winter morning rehearsals were conducted in an unheated, unfurnished building downtown, and performances took place at the USO building. "We froze, and we had so much fun!" While local audiences were unfamiliar SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS FOR "THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION BEFORE THE SHOW! DEC. 14, 7:30 PM • CAPE FEAR REGIONAL THEATRE Subscribe to CityView to join The CityView Heard and enjoy the benefits!

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