Archive for August, 2013

A New Home for Community Theatre of Greensboro

August 18th, 2013 by Judy Horn

Theater Seats

This year is an especially exciting year for the Community Theatre of Greensboro (CTG). The organization, founded in 1949, accomplished a goal it has dreamed of for more than 60 years – having its own theater building. This fall CTG performances will take place at the Starr Theater, 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro.

The CTG purchased the 160-seat facility, formerly known as the Broach Theatre, for $1.24 million. The organization had raised nearly $2 million to purchase the building and create a permanent endowment and fund to enhance operations and programming.

The Starr Theatre is less than 2 miles from the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast. We’re looking forward to seeing the renovated facility and will be happy to assist guests who wish to attend plays with obtaining tickets. The 2013-2014 season features three musicals, a classic drama, and an CTG tradition.

Smokey Joe’s Café, a musical revue featuring the songs of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, runs Oct. 4 to 13.

Nov. 16 to 24 marks the return of The Wizard of Oz, the musical adaptation of the motion picture screenplay that was based on the book by L. Frank Baum. This is the 19th year CTG will present this much loved story. More than 200 talented children and adults work on stage and behind the scenes to bring the story to life. (The Wizard of Oz is presented at the Carolina Theatre.)

To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, will be performed Feb. 14 to 23, 2014.

Legally Blonde is a musical adaptation of the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture of the same name. Shows run from March 28 to April 13, 2014.

The season concludes with 9 to 5, The Musical. With music by Dolly Parton, the show is based upon the screenplay by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins. The show runs April 25 to May 11, 2014.

For more information about the Community Theatre of Greensboro, including descriptions of the plays; specific performance dates and times; and ticket information, visit the CTG website or phone 336-333-7470.

Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! at Carolina Theatre in September

August 14th, 2013 by Judy Horn

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

I don’t know if famed author Mark Twain ever visited Greensboro, NC, during his lifetime, but next month Mark Twain, as embodied by actor Hal Holbrook, will appear at the beautiful and historic Carolina Theatre. Holbrook has been presenting his one-man show Mark Twain Tonight! for more than 50 years. The performance has won Holbrook, acclaimed as the best Twain impersonator, a Tony award and an Emmy award nomination. It’s said that Holbrook knows Twain as well as he knows himself. The show goes beyond simply quoting Twain’s most memorable lines. Holbrook updates the show regularly to reflect the way Twain would likely have viewed contemporary events.

Mark Twain Tonight!, part of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro’s 17 Days Arts and Culture Festival, will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at $47.50, $37.50 or $22.50. A $2.50 theatre restoration fee will be added to each ticket.

The Carolina Theatre, located at 310 S. Greene St., in downtown Greensboro, is about a mile from the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast. It’s one of Greensboro’s gems. The theater originally opened in October 1927 as a vaudeville theater. It was considered to be the finest theater between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. It was the first commercial building in North Carolina to be air conditioned. Today, 86 years later, the beautiful Carolina continues as an exceptional place to see classic movies, live touring acts, and local talent. (Be sure to ask innkeeper Larry about his experience performing on stage at the Carolina!)

To learn more about Mark Twain Tonight! and the Carolina Theatre, visit their website or phone 336-333-2605.

The Greensboro Coliseum

August 11th, 2013 by Judy Horn

Coliseum Complex

Greensboro’s largest entertainment complex is the Coliseum, a multi-building complex that offers a range of activities including athletic events, cultural arts, concerts, theater, educational activities, fairs, exhibits, conventions, and trade and consumer shows.

The Coliseum is just two miles from the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast, so we frequently have guests who are in Greensboro for a Coliseum event. In recent months, guests have attended a major convention, participated in a regional diving competition, checked out RVs at a large exhibition, and attended concerts staring Rascal Flats and George Strait. Upcoming guests will be attending the Taylor Swift, Rod Stewart and Bonnie Raitt concerts and plays presented as part of the 2013-2014 Triad Best of Broadway series.

I was surprised to learn that this modern complex is 54 years old. Greensboro voters approved a bond for the project in 1956. Ground was broken in 1958 and the original complex opened in 1959 with a capacity of 7,100 seats, making it then one of the largest arenas in the East Coast.

Numerous expansions and updates later, today’s Coliseum complex includes a 23,500-seat arena, the 2,400-seat War Memorial Auditorium, the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the White Oak Amphitheater, the 300-seat Odeon Theatre, a 167,000-square foot special events center with three exhibition halls, a 4,500-seat mini arena and the 30,000-square-foot Pavilion.

The list of celebrities and performers who have appeared at the Coliseum during the past 56 years is too long for a single blog! The Coliseum has played host to Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Jackson Five played the Coliseum in 1970, and Elvis performed there in 1972. The Rolling Stones were there in 1975 and the Grateful Dead in 1991. American Idol came in 2005.

For many of our “Coliseum guests,” staying at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B helps make the event especially memorable and convenient. After the event is over, it takes just a few minutes to drive back to the inn to relax and reflect. To learn more about the Coliseum and upcoming scheduled events, visit their official website.