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Fayetteville Theater Raising Money for a Big City Look

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FAYETTEVILLE — Many community theaters don't have the resources to present elaborate performances, but that's not the case at one theatre in the Piedmont. Fayetteville's Cape Fear Regional Theatre is raising big bucks for its big city look.

Actors are in rehearsal for Saturday's opening performance of The Floatplane Notebooks. Cape Fear Regional Theatre presents 14 such performances each year, and they are always popular.

Artistic Director Bo Thorpe says it's the vey nature of the Fayetteville community that has built this theater up.

The small theatre is definitely growing. This year, it has a huge $850,000 budget. That is almost unheard of for a city the size of Fayetteville.

What really makes this theatre a success is the community support, 80 percent of its budget comes from businesses and patrons.

The big budget allows Cape Fear to bring in professional actors such as Kipleigh Brown from Chicago. She says it is a very professional venue.

Local resident Susannah Sliwinski has performed with other community theatres before, she says there is no comparison.

With its popularity, the theatre could pay the entire cast and become a professional company, but that would mean giving up big productions and big opportunities for amateurs like Sliwinski.

The Floatplane Notebooks opens Saturday. Tickets are still available by calling910-323-4233.

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