19th Annual Arts Sensation

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A Benefit Performance for The Good Shepherd Center The 19th Annual ARTS SENSATION! A Benefit Performance for The Good Shepherd Center 7:30 p.m. April 17, 2020 Hannah Block Community Arts Center 120 South 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401   The 19th Annual Arts Sensation is serving up a lively and entertaining evening showcasing wonderful local talent for a music and dance spectacular! This year’s beneficiary is the Good Shepherd Center, whose mission is be a safety net for our neighbors in crisis by providing hot and nutritious meals, case management support, showers and restrooms, clean clothing, warm beds, an onsite medical clinic and a pathway to safe and affordable housing…all with dignity and respect.   Arts Sensation showcases the unique and historic Thunder Roll and Rain Machine. These special effects, built right into the Thalian Hall stage, were thrilling in their time, and are used in performances to this day. Stay tuned to find out about our musical performers!   Arts Sensation also brings a variety of dance creations from the genres of tap, classical ballet, jazz, modern, folk dance, and street dance/hip-hop, presented by local choreographers and dancers. And with their fine style, the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers return …

18th Annual Arts Sensation

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A Benefit Performance for WARM The 18th Annual ARTS SENSATION! A Benefit Performance for Cape Fear River Watch 7:30 p.m. April 26, 2019 Thalian Hall Main Stage 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401   The 18th Annual Arts Sensation is building up to a lively and entertaining evening showcasing wonderful local talent for a music and dance spectacular! This year’s beneficiary Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) has a mission to repair, rebuild and make homes accessible; and to inspire service, generosity, and hope. WARM serves low-income homeowners in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties, many of whom are elderly and/or disabled. By preventing home accidents and illnesses, WARM helps people age in place safely, preserving their dignity and independence, and recently has increased their impact by helping Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.   Arts Sensation showcases the unique and historic Thunder Roll and Rain Machine. These special effects, built right into the Thalian Hall stage, were thrilling in their time, and are used in performances to this day. Music this year is Stray Local, Wilmington’s indie folk duo Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen. With a unique and electrifying sound, and hints of their southern roots, Lomas and Rowen push the boundaries …

17th Annual Arts Sensation

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A Benefit Performance for Cape Fear River Watch The 17th Annual ARTS SENSATION! A Benefit Performance for Cape Fear River Watch 7:30 p.m. April 28, 2018 Thalian Hall Main Stage 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 The 17th Annual Arts Sensation is cruising in for a lively and entertaining evening showcasing local talent for a music and dance spectacular to benefit Cape Fear River Watch, with a special presentation of Thalian Hall’s Thunder Roll. The music for this year’s show is from The Wilmington Big Band, and dance performances from local choreographers and dancers, including the captivating Company “T” Tap Dancers, who wow audiences every year with a vintage flair of tap dancing, and Kelly Hawes (Samra), who has been performing the art of belly dance in the Cape Fear region since 2001, with a joyful and entertaining style for all ages. Presenting original works are Tracey Varga from Forward Motion Dance Company and students from Dreams of Wilmington. A long-time favorite in the Cape Fear region, The Wilmington Big Band boasts superior talent with the area’s top musicians and vocalists and the perfect combination of sophistication, good times and timeless memories. Led by Jim and Laura McFayden, The Wilmington Big …

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Thanks Forward Motion Dance!

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From the latest Cape Fear River Watch Newsletter….. “The 15th annual Arts Sensation music and dance performance held April 19, 2016 was for the benefit of CFRW. Tracey Varga of the Forward Motion Dance Company Board of Directors stopped by to present the check to CFRW’s Executive Director Frank Yelverton. Thanks to Forward Motion Dance, the river received $1,500! We enjoyed the performance and helping out, and this donation will be used for the benefit of your river! Thank you!”