New Bern Civic Theatre is still here after being closed down for most of the 2020 season and is slowly easing back into what is hoped will be a re-opening. The community theater released its annual report today and can be viewed here. “With limitations still in place for performing arts venues, NBCT is focusing on smaller events to keep the community entertained while we navigate through the pandemic,” the community theater said in a statement. “Walk-In Bathtub is ready to help us celebrate the season of love with another Improv-a-Thon in celebration of ‘Galentine’s’ Day, Saturday, Feb. 13 and ‘International Fanny Pack Day’ MarchRead More →

The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will host a 4-hour “Improv-A-Thon” at New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Jan. 9. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. and include four 45-minute shows, with 15 minutes of cleaning between each show. Performing a series of silly and unscripted games that are inspired by audience suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub’s performances are reminiscent of the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Team members must create scenes and act out suggestions from the audience without the help of a script–or dialogue in some cases–that result in comedic and unexpected scenarios. Saturday’s Improv-a-Thon is a celebration “National Bubble BathRead More →

New Bern Civic Theatre (NBCT) received a $50,000 donation in December, marking the theater’s largest gift from a single donor in over a decade. Donated by Clay Milstead, the gift comes following a year in which the theater had to cancel 13 events due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Clay’s tremendous generosity could not have come at a better time for the theatre,” said George Oliver, president of the NBCT board of directors. “Our shows typically account for 80 percent of our revenue. New Bern Civic Theatre always depends on the support of our community—now, more than ever. “Theaters all over the country are closing dueRead More →

The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will perform an 8-hour “Improv-A-Thon” fundraising event for New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Since the pandemic, NBCT has been forced to postpone or cancel 13 events, which provide 80 percent of the theatre’s revenue. Saturday’s marathon fundraising performance will open NBCT’s stage for the first time since closing in March. “The coronavirus has shown us how unpredictable life can be,” said Angelina Doyle, NBCT executive director. “So when Governor Cooper’s Phase 3 announcement showed that we could open with limited performances, we figured an improv show where anything could happen wasRead More →

Performers from local improv group Walk-In Bathtub will bring Neil Simon’s “London Suite” to the New Bern Civic Theatre stage April 12-13. Four distinct stories come to life within the walls of a single hotel suite in this unique tale by one of America’s premier comic playwrights. The four stories include Settling Accounts, Going Home, Diana and Sidney and finally, The Man on the Floor. While each story explores unique relationship challenges and a variety of character flaws, the single hotel suite and Simon’s masterful style of dry humor are the only common thread in a series of mishaps and unforgettable characters. “London Suite” offers the firstRead More →

“Miss Evers’ Boys,” a dramatic play highlighting the Tuskegee medical study performed on African American men from 1932-1972, will premiere on the New Bern Civic Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and run for two weekends in celebration of Black History Month. Set in Tuskegee, Alabama, “Miss Evers’ Boys” follows the story of four African American men who unknowingly become part of a medical study that is denying them treatment for syphilis, also known as “bad blood.” Nurse Evers helps lead the men through the treatment program, which is being driven by the Federal government and managed by an African American doctor livingRead More →