The center will produce a variety of performances over the next five months. In addition, it will host acts that will rent the space and produce their own performances.
Next month, the Carolina Civic Center will spring to life, starting its season with jazz in February and ending with theater in July, and hosting a smorgasbord of performing arts along the way.
Volunteers offered stories and memories of the theater before it closed, from the work it did with high school students to the ticket booth that used to sit in the lobby.
Marion Adams said that she used to see movies at the Carolina Civic Center when a ticket cost 11 cents. She would bring a quarter and what was left over from the tickets, she used on a soda and popcorn.
“We love the theater,” Adams said. “We go to Pembroke now to see it. We love live performance.”
Bob McKee said he remembers when the cost was 9 cents.
“It’s amazing to see them restoring it to where it was,” McKee said. “It will be great to see a show in here.”
Tickets are available from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Ticket prices will be reasonable, partly because of the economic situation and partly as a thank you gift for being patient with the renovations, Richard Sceiford said. Scieford is the executive director of the Carolina Civic Center Foundation, the non-profit that manages the theater.
“People have less expendable income because of the economic situation we have entered,” Sceiford said. “We have worked very hard to make our ticket prices very affordable.”
The Carolina Civic Center is located at 315 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton. The schedule, which includes 10 shows, is as follows:
— Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.: An evening of sophisticated contemporary jazz with vocalist Kellylee Evans and Ensemble. Juno nominated singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans was awarded second in the Monk Competition by Quincy Jones, Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater. She has opened for Tony Bennett, Maceo Parker and Chris Botti. Tickets $15.
— Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.: Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra pre-concert orientation for music enthusiasts of all ages. Several FSO musicians and a UNC Pembroke music faculty member give an informal but informative “glimpse” of the Feb. 20 concert by the orchestra, including snippets of the compositions performed by the participating musicians, and an opportunity for participants to ask questions and become more familiar with the basics of classical music and the Feb. 19 concert program. Admission is free.
— Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.: Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra free open rehearsal for area music students of all ages. Watch conductor Fouad Fakhouri work with orchestra musicians. Admission is free.
— Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.: Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in concert with featured international guest soloist, Egyptian flutist Inès Abdel Daim. The performance, which is supported by a state grant, will immediately be followed by a question and answer session from the podium by FSO conductor Fouad Fakhouri. Afterward, the audience is invited to join members of the orchestra for a free meet-and-greet reception. Tickets $10.
— March 20 at 8 p.m.: The Hunt Family performs original, Celtic, bluegrass, inspirational and popular tunes, offering a unique blend of diversity to every show. Tickets $15.
— March 30 at 7 p.m.: William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” presented by the Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh, one of North Carolina’s premiere theater troupes. Tickets $15.
— April 18 at 8 p.m.: Chapter 6 “vocal band” presents a cappella pop and gospel. Emerging from a college course, Chapter 6 became the premier jazz vocal ensemble at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and was crowned the 2001 International Champions of Collegiate A Cappella. Tickets $15.
— May 2 at 8 p.m.: “Influences — Motown Greats.” Four top emerging singer/songwriters showcase classics and favorites from artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Smoky Robinson while sharing stories and original artistry. Tickets $15.
— May 17 at 4 p.m.: The Winston-Salem Guitar Septet brings seven guitar voices performing everything from Bach to The Beatles. Tickets $10.
— July 13 – 25: Theater Arts Summer Camp is held in partnership with the North Carolina Children’s Theatre. For children ages 6 to 17, this performance-based hands-on instruction is geared toward a final public performance of “Trouble in Storybook Land.” Skills learned include dance, vocal performance, theater etiquette, scene studies, improvisation, prop-making, costuming and other technical issues. Participation fee is $120 per student.
This schedule does not include the shows and events produced by outside parties renting the space.