Two Wilmington theaters close their doors

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two downtown stages are closed, The Browncoat and City Stage shut their doors for performances.

“I think my first reaction was sadness,” said Hannah Smith, an actor in the Wilmington theater community.

“I was very sad about Browncoat, I know that they’d been trying to save it,” said Chandler Davis the artistic director for the Thalian Community Theater.

“As someone who runs a theater it’s always disappointing to see another artistic venue go under,” said Zach Hanner artistic director for TheatreNOW.

“It’s kind of upsetting that people won’t be able to find as much opportunity to show their art,” Smith said.

There are two less stages for actors, writers, and other artists to showcase their work in front of live audiences.

“It’s definitely, times are changing. There are a lot of companies in town and there are multiple shows running every week and so I think that means that we are competing for audiences a little bit,” said Davis.

But does that mean a decline in theater for Wilmington?

“I think there are enough people who are diehard theater performers that they will find a place to apply their trade,” Hanner said.

And as for the future…

“I see the youth of Wilmington theater really stepping up,” said Hanner.

“It becomes so excellent that Wilmington becomes a hub for theater,” Smith said.

“I hope that there’s a way that we can all schedule. Make a schedule that kinda works for everybody and make sure audiences are getting to see all the things they need to see,” Davis said.

And although these stages are gone, there are still plenty of places to take in a show downtown.

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