Up & Coming Weekly

June 20, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JUNE 21 - 27, 2023 UCW 13 COVER "e Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (Dec. 2 to 17) A staple in the CFRT season, this production is a community favorite. Adapted from a popular Young Adult novel, this play has a fantastic cast of characters, both young and old. Classic Christmas tunes, heart-warming storytelling and plenty of hilarious moments will make this play your new holiday favorite (if it isn't already). "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" (Jan. 25 to Feb. 18, 2024) Embark on a magical journey as you witness the timeless allure of the classic fairy tale brought to life by the bril- liant minds of Rodgers & Hammerstein. eir signature originality, charm and elegance will leave you spellbound. is version of the show was last seen on Broadway in 2013 and is the perfect blend of fairy-tale romance, captivating stage trans- formations, and iconic elements such as the pumpkin and glass slippers. is Tony-nominated Broadway rendition is perfect for viewers of all ages, so gather the family and prepare to be captivated. You're in for an enchanting treat with this spectacular production, so get ready to have a ball! "King Liz" (March 21 to April 07, 2024) Meet Liz Rico, a sports agent who's dominat- ing the industry with her elite client roster and impressive wealth. But as a woman in a man's world, she's had to work twice as hard to maintain her position at the top. Her ultimate goal is to take over the agency she's helped build. is is where Freddie Luna comes in, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. Liz knows that she has what it takes to guide this talented but volatile young star to success, and in doing so, elevate her own ca- reer to new heights. But the question is, what sacrifices will she have to make along the way? "Sister Act : A Divine Musical Comedy" (May 2 to 26, 2024) When Deloris Van Cartier, the queen of disco, witnesses a murder, she is placed in protective custody in an unlikely hideout — a convent! Pretending to be a nun, she quickly realizes that the strict rules and the uptight Mother Superior are not her cup of tea. However, with her exceptional disco moves and singing skills, she transforms the choir and breathes new life into the church and the community. Unfortunately, her newfound popularity exposes her true identity, leading the gang to pursue her. But, Deloris has a secret weapon — her newly formed sisterhood and their unbreakable bond. Season ticket Flex Passes are on sale now and offer up to a 30% discount. For more information visit the CFRT website at : https:// www.cfrt.org/ ree Entertaining Shows at CFRT's eatre Summer Camp Before CRFT kicks off the new season in September they have a busy summer ahead with their education department. ree dif- ferent summer camps with three different age groups, shows and scheduled performances. Mary Kate Burke (Artistic Director), Marc de la Concha (Education Director) and Jenni- fer Sell (Education Associate) are all involved with choosing the summer camp shows for the kids. "e Adventure of Our Lives, So Far!" (Ages 6-9) is a brand new musical, created exclusively for the CFRT Summer Camp. Each year CFRT commissions writers to pro- duce a play that allows each child to have an "acting part." e younger campers get to experience what it is like to be a part of our production, "e- ater 101," as they learn the fundamentals of being on stage, learning to speak in front of an audience along with acting, singing and dancing. e musical is about a team of youth- ful archeologists who stumble upon a rare and mystical object, which transports them through time. As they journey through the ages, they discover that they may have taken on more than they can handle. However, with some assistance from newfound companions, they embark on a mission to find their way back home. "Aladdin Jr." (Ages 10-14) is picked for this age group for the fact that it can accommodate 45 to 50 kids that attend the camp and has enough name recognition that kids of this age are excited to engage and participate. "Aladdin Jr." is about Aladdin and his three pals — Babkak, Omar and Kassim. ey are struggling to make ends meet until Aladdin stumbles upon a magic lamp with a Genie inside who could grant three wishes. Deter- mined to impress Princess Jasmine, Aladdin sets out on a journey that challenges his prin- ciples and courage. is fresh retelling of the classic tale features enhanced characters, original songs and more excitement. "Sister Act" (Ages 15-19) summer camp is where a more professional environment is established and campers get a sense of what would be expected from them in a profession- al theater setting. ey rehearse their show for three to four weeks from 6 to 10 p.m. both as actors on stage and as the production's crew. Get ready to groove with Deloris Van Cartier, the disco diva who finds herself in a convent after witnessing a murder. As she takes on the challenge of adapting to the strict lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior, Deloris uses her incredible singing talent and unique disco moves to breathe new life into the church and its community. All of these great shows are open to the pub- lic. To learn more about attending the shows please visit : https://ci.ovationtix.com/36634 SHEILA D. BARKER, Contributor. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomingweekly. com. 910-484-6200. CFRT's eatre Summer Camp offers three productions in three age groups. Performances are open to the public; tickets can be purchased online. (All photos this page courtesy Cape Fear Regional eatre)

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