1. RiverTowne Players’ new show:
RiverTowne Players next show is “The Sound of Music” — one of the world’s most beloved musicals.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final collaboration will be performed Friday and Saturday, along with July 28, 29 and Aug. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.
There are also 3 p.m. shows Sunday and July 30.
Shows are at the Masonic Theatre, 514 Hancock St. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door and $10 for students.
The talented cast includes Jessica Tyson as Maria Rainer and Tim Price as Captain von Trapp. This duo is joined by more than 30 child and adult actors, singers, and dancers.
It is directed by Bethany Bondurant, with musical direction by Amanda Kennedy. It is produced by Susie Tilley.
This momentous production will also feature a large orchestra consisting of local musicians.
Based on true events, it is a love story told through classic and alluring musical numbers. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain, and they marry.
Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
2. Tryon Palace Multicultural Fair:
This new event is slated for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the cultural diversity of Eastern North Carolina with Tryon Palace during the Tryon Palace Multicultural Fair.
Representatives from various cultural groups will have informational booths, demonstrations, and displays to share their culture with visitors.
The fair will also include art and craft vendors.
Enjoy performances from the various cultural groups on hand inside the North Carolina History Center, with at least one per hour. Children can enjoy crafts and games throughout the Multicultural Fair.
"I'm most excited about the Multicultural Fair because we need to bring awareness of the many cultures living in Eastern North Carolina," said Sharon Bryant, Tryon Palace African American outreach coordinator.
Cultural demonstrations include performances from Tryon Palace's Jonkonnu Troupe, Atumpan Edutainment and Native Indians, as well as artists and booths with artisans and crafters.
This event is free to the public, thanks to a grant from the Harold H. Bate Foundation.
On the web: tryonpalace.org
3. Film on Wilmington massacre:
Tryon Palace hosts the film “Wilmington on Fire” Thursday at 7 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. It is a free event.
It is an 89-minute feature-length documentary on the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington.
The film shows and documents this tragic events that introduced Jim Crow segregation in N.C. The film has won numerous awards and has screened at several universities and film festivals such as the 2015 Cucalorus Film Festival, 2016 North Carolina Black Film Festival, 2016 Sankofa Film Festival, 2017 Pan African Film Festival. Recently, the 2017 Longleaf Film Festival it won Best Historical Documentary Feature.
There will also be a question time with the director and producer of the film, Christopher Everett.
4. Behind the Scenes:
Behind the Scenes: Museum Technology is scheduled by Tryon Palace on Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m.
Tour begins and ends at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern.
The museum technology Behind the Scenes tour will take visitors inside the technology that operates the interactive exhibits inside the North Carolina History Center. Get an in-depth look into making history come alive and learn how Tryon Palace combines modern technology with meeting educational goals inside the Pepsi Family Center and Regional History Museum.
5. Free band concert:
The Bears oldies band will perform in the gazebo at Union Point from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free.
The songs take the audience back in time with Doo Wop harmonies, British Invasion beats and golden age rock n roll.
that will have you dancing, tapping your feet, singing along, and shouting for more.
Band members include Janet Montero, who sings and plays bass; singer and guitar play Steve Latimer; drummer-singer Pat Engeman; and Simon Spalding, who plays bass, fiddle and guitar.
Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket.
Call Nicole Dewar of New Bern Parks & Recreation at 639-2902.
On the web: thebears.band.
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