UNC-TV program puts spotlight on historic Carolina Civic Center
Jolisa Canty Staff writer
LUMBERTON — The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, which has for decades put on the show, tonight will be the focus of the show.
UNC-TV will televise a program featuring the theater tonight at 9; for those who can’t tune in tonight, an encore presentation will be on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Camera crews from UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” interviewed staff and performers at the Carolina Civic Center about an upcoming show titled “A Robeson County Christmas.”
“The segment will cover an interview with Richard Sceiford, executive director of the Carolina Civic Center, about the history of the theater and a performance by Kendrix Singletary,” said Jay Cartwright, segment producer of North Carolina Weekend.
The Carolina Civic Center facility first opened in 1928 as a vaudeville and silent film house. After shutting its doors in 1975, the theatre reopened under its current name 10 years later. In 2007, the theater underwent a two-year, $2 million renovation project to restore some of its original features and install modern equipment. The three-story, 13,000-square-foot building is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.
Sceiford believes the show will help the center reach a wider audience.
“The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is such a beautiful and important treasure here in the community that we’re thrilled that we will be able to share it with the rest of the state,” Sceiford said. “Our audiences are increasingly coming from farther distances and we know that this show will help encourage even more people to make the trip to Lumberton.”
The TV show will feature a portion of the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” which will be a part of “A Robeson County Christmas.” The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, at 3 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.
Singletary, the theater’s resident artist, created and will direct the show, which will feature regional singers and dancers performing popular holiday and traditional Christmas songs.
There will be appearances by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.
Tickets are $20 or $15 each with the advance purchase of 10 or more as a group. Students can be admitted for $5 a person and children under the age of 5 are free.
Tickets can be purchased in-person or by telephone with credit card or cash 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the administrative offices in the theater’s second floor, or by calling the civic center at 910-738-4339.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour before the performance.
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