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April 15, 2020

 Franklin Square Park Stage

Culture is alive and well in the Southport-Oak Island area of Brunswick County.  Visitors and residents alike enjoy a year round schedule of performances from a variety of choral, theatrical, musical groups.  Music is also the focal point of many local festivals such as the N.C. 4th of July Festival Waterfront Stage and nightlife at as area restaurants and lounges with backdrops of spectaular sunsets. 

Brunswick Big Band

Brunswick Big BandThe Big Band is a division of the Brunswick Concert Band. It holds concerts in conjunction with Brunswick Concert Band events and as standalone concerts. Frank Mahoney, P.O. Box 10163, Southport 910.253-8050.

Brunswick Concert Band
Brunswick Concert Band –Brunswick Concert Band is dedicated to expanding the performance of instrumental music in Brunswick County.  Public concerts held several times per year. Bruce Lull, P.O. Box 10163, Southport. 910.253-4209.

Brunswick Little Theatre Shrek

Brunswick Little Theatre-  is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that creates quality performing arts theatrical productions for the enjoyment and education of the residents of Brunswick County.  In addition, they also support the Stage Struck Players a local youth production company.  The Brunswick Little Theatre has a year round performing arts calendar that also includes a children’s theater workshop entitled “Let’s Play” (children 4-12).  Performance locations and ticket prices vary, check their website for details on upcoming shows. 8068 River Road, Southport. 910.447-2586.


Dance– Dancing is a great way to exercise and express your artistic side. South Shore Dance Academy located at 4672 Long Beach Road, Southport has classes for adults and children in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Hip Hop, Zumba and more.  The local parks and recreation departments, Oak Island Senior Center, 5918 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island and the Brunswick Center at Southport , 1513 N. Howe Street, Southport also offer adults an opportunity to dance or learn to dance. The Brunswick Center at Southport holds an annual Senior Prom along with weekly square dancing events.

A type of dance called the “Carolina Shag” originated along the area between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC in the 1940s and is still popular today. A couple’s dance, the Carolina Shag, a descendant of the Carolina Jitterbug, is performed while enjoying beach music. 
The Society of Brunswick Shaggers (SOBS) is a great way for adults to learn or join others who enjoy Shagging. The SOBS hold a dance at 6:30pm on the 2nd Friday of the month at Oak Island VFW, 50th Street, Oak Island and on the 4th Friday of the month at the Oak Island Moose Lodge, 4239 Long Beach Road.  Admission to the dances is $3.00 for members of any shag club and $6.00 for nonmember guest.

BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium

Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College- Build at a cost of more than three million dollars by the citizens of Brunswick County, the Odell Williamson Auditorium exists for the educational and cultural enrichment of the community.  This a state-of-the-art 1,500-seat performing arts facility adjoins to the Virginia Williamson Event Center, a large multipurpose room on the Main Campus of Brunswick Community College.  In addition to the local community using the facility for concerts, plays, dance recitals and more, BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium has a full performing arts subscription season with all types of national talent. BCC Main Campus, 50 College Road, Bolivia. 910.755-7420.

Sea Notes Choral Society

Sea Notes Choral Society-  Since the mid 70’s the Sea Notes Choral Society has been making beautiful music.  An all-volunteer group of Over 100 voices from the community join together for three annual concerts – Spring, 4th of July and Christmas. 

Youth Musical Theatre Training - The youth division of the Brunswick Little Theatre, highlighting children’s literature through quality performances featuring youth ages 8 to 18.  One performance per year.  P.O. Box 10625, Southport. 910.471-7741.

Wilmington Symphony

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra -
A 40-year tradition of service, the musicians of the Wilmington Symphony are local instrumentalists, and gifted students and faculty, selected annually by audition. Enhancing the quality of life in the Cape Fear Region through their concerts, Masterworks Series, For the Family Series, special events and Youth Concerts. Performances at UNCW Kenan Auditorium, 601 South College Road, Wilmington.  910.962-3500.