OCT Celebrates First Sellout of the Season
Aug 12, 2016 01:35PM
● By Jason Huddle
Old Courthouse Theatre, Inc. announced its first sellout of the 2016 – 2017 season. The Sunday August 14, 2016, performance is officially sold out. However, tickets are still available for the final performance weekend, August 19th – August 21st, as well as Saturday, August 13th.
“Dixie Swim Club is setting the bar high for the rest of the season,” states Board of Directors President, Mary Kathryn Ewart. “Between the cast and director, the talent is there to sell out every performance.”
The cast believes the combination of a great script and comradery among each other is the major contributor to this success. “OCT knows how to produce Southern comedies,” Becky Porter, who stars in the play, observed. “Each one of the characters is given respect,” added Nancy Cottingham with her cast mates nodding in agreement. “The writing also grabs you because the characters cause the audience to laugh and cry, and in the end they walk away feeling good,” summarized by Frances Quinn. What transfers from the actors to the characters are the relatable friendships, starting with the friendships that grew between the actors during this production.
Ewart believes recent building improvements are also a contributor to this recent success. “We’ve got to do more than produce a quality show,” Ewart explained. “That quality should be present in the overall patron experience.” Inspired by the dressing room renovation completed by Lizzie Kunesh for her Girl Scout Gold Award, many of the volunteers are contributing to various building improvements throughout the facility.
The community is also contributing to building improvements. The Cannon Foundation awarded a very generous grant, which allowed OCT to complete major repairs to the facility roof and gutters. “We believe in OCT’s commitment to providing quality performance theatre to the community,” said Venetia Skahen, Executive Director of The Cannon Foundation. “We hope the community will continue to invest in OCT as we have.” One such commitment is from The Maids of Concord, NC. Owner Kim Bartnik provides cleaning services before the start of performances. Those services help OCT to provide a more enjoyable experience for its patrons.