In April 2008, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre staged a Southern tour d’force, as Good ‘Ol Girls hit the stage. The play, written by Jill McCorkle and Lee Smith, brought rave reviews from local audiences and drew the attention of UNC-TV.
  On Friday, March 6, the CFRT will host a red carpet premier of the play, which UNC-TV filmed. The television broadcast of the play is scheduled for April 22.
The premier party is open to the public, and will feature a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8 p.m., with a screening of the production at 8 p.m. The authors will be on hand to celebrate this important event in the life of the theatre.
  {mosimage}The musical’s title tells you what the play is all about. To quote the play, good ‘ol girls “know that big hair and a big heart do not mean a small mind.” They also love to go to Myrtle Beach with the girls and have been saved more than once.
  The show, which featured Pamela Bob, Kendra Goehring, Libby Seymour, Gina Stewart, Cassandra Vallery and Liza Vann, tells the story of a group of Southern women from birth to the grave. It’s told in vignettes, with music interspersed throughout.
  According to Bo Thorp, the artistic director of the theatre, “This is a play about women. It tackles women’s issues at various times in their lives — particulalry Good ‘Ol Girls who you can find anywhere in the South.”
  The stories were written by Smith and McCorkle, and most of them are rooted in reality. Many of these vignettes were written before the two first ladies of Southern literature collaborated on the play.
  Smith and McCorkle are both noted N.C. authors. Smith and McCorkle have a passion for storytelling. The kind of laugh-out-loud storytelling that is rooted in the uniqueness of the South.
  The songs were written by Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg, both noted songwriters.
  Officials from UNC-TV were intrigued when they heard about the play and made a visit to the theatre to see the play on stage. They were won over, and brought a film crew in to film the play before it closed.
  What the rest of the state will see on television, many local residents saw first hand, and to celebrate the achievement, the theatre hopes they’ll return for the premier.
  Tickets for the premier party are $30, and can be purchased by calling the CFRT box office at  (910) 323-4233. 
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