The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


October 31, 2013

Starlight Ball to benefit Colonial Theatre restoration

TARBORO — A “Starlight Ball” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday will benefit the restoration of the Colonial Theatre in downtown Tarboro.

The black-tie optional ball will take place in the atrium of the Thomas S. Fleming building on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College.

“It gives an opportunity for people to have a fun night out with dancing and a good live band,” said Ken Lautzenheiser. He attended the first Starlight Ball in 2011. The ball is returning this year after a one-year hiatus.

“The last one we did raised $12,000. It was a huge success,” said Carol Banks, member of the Colonial Theatre board of directors. “We hope to make it an annual event.”

The Ginger Thompson Band will entertain guests at the Starlight Ball with dance music. Guests at the ball will also enjoy a buffet dinner catered by Myrtle Grove, and have a chance to enter a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, Banks said. An open bar at the ball will offer wine and beer to guests.

The Starlight Ball fittingly pays tribute to the film stars.

“When you go to the pictures, there’s always a star – the star of the show,” Banks said.

Tickets to the ball are $50 per person, payable at the door, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Banks at 823-7445.

Calvin Anderson, chair of the fundraising committee for the Colonial Theatre, estimated an additional $375,000 is needed to complete the renovation of the 1919 Art Deco theatre on Main Street. In the past two years, $487,052 has been invested toward restoring the Colonial Theatre. according to a news release on the restoration of the Colonial Theatre.

“The marquee is fully operational. The exterior looks great, but it needs some serious work on the inside,” Anderson said.

The entrance to the theatre has been restored, including the marquee and the front doors. A new roof has been placed on the theatre, and architectural plans have been completed, as well as an expansion of the theatre’s dressing rooms.

“We’re revitalizing downtown Tarboro and updating the theater to make is almost like a community center,” Anderson said.  Upon the completion of its renovation, he said the facility would be available “at a very low cost” to groups in the region.

The news release states that the theatre will serve as a venue for cultural events such as concerts, plays, dance recitals, film festivals, and art shows, as well as business meetings, weddings and receptions,


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