Hardly a week passes without a play being acted out on a stage somewhere around Cumberland County. Fayetteville boasts two dedicated theaters, but performances are not limited to those settings. On any given week here, you may take in a play from a college auditorium seat, from a church pew, or even from the back lawn of a historic home. This weekend’s thespian offerings happen to all be musicals: an action-packed Disney show, a literary classic perfect for little ones, and a bawdy comedic performance geared toward adults.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) – Friday – Sunday, February 17-19
Catch one of the last performances of this popular musical before it leaves CFRT’s stage. The show features a talented group of aerialists—including the actress playing the mermaid Ariel—from 2 Ring Circus, based out of New York. Elaborate props and gorgeous costumes were shipped here in 52 crates from Arkansas, and have made for a visually stunning performance. The locally produced show has now run for almost a month, but this weekend wraps it up.
Charlotte’s Web, J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University (FSU) – Saturday, February 18
Take your little ones to see the literary classic and popular children’s movie come to life on stage as a musical. Joseph Robinette worked with the book’s author, E. B. White, to create a delightful play. FSU’s Theater Department is offering just one public performance of this touching story about innocence and friendship, and for just $3 a ticket, you cannot beat the entertainment value.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University (MU) – Friday – Sunday, February 17-19
Enjoy yet another musical—this one promising a bawdy, adult brand of humor in two acts. The Off-Broadway hit by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso first opened in 2005, and has since premiered on many stages around the U.S. and abroad. Now MU Theatre actors are bringing to their stage all the quirky and humorous characters who reside in “The Great American Trailer Park.”
Theater season is far from over here. In March, we will see several more plays premiere on our stages—to include Saint Joan, Paradise Lost, Intimate Apparel, Fences, and The Secret Garden. This weekend’s happenings include a variety of other events taking place around Cumberland County, and information on those may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Raul Rubiera Photography