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Classic ‘On Golden Pond’ At Theatre in The Park
2016 Marks an All-Time RDU Passenger Record
Theatre In The Park, located at the 250-seat indoor facility at the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park, continues its 2017 season April 7-23 with “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, about a couple in their twilight years. Norman and Ethel Thayer are a couple in their twilight years, and the infirmities of age threaten their 48th summer on Golden Pond. When their semi-estranged daughter comes for a visit with a boyfriend and a smart-mouthed 13-year-old boy in tow, tension is in the air. While “On Golden Pond” is loaded with humorous one-liners and witty sarcasm, it’s also an old fashioned love story that explores the often turbulent relationship between the daughter and her father growing up, the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, and burying the hatchet in order to pursue a fresh start. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on April 7-8, 13-15, 21-22; and April 9, 16, 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults; and $18 for seniors, students and military. Other shows scheduled for the 2017 season include: • July 21-Aug. 6: “Glorious,” a comedy about the worst singer in the world. • Sept. 22-Oct. 8: “Playing With Fire,” about Victor Frankenstein finally tracking down his creature at the North Pole. Individuals interested becoming involved with Theatre in the Park as a volunteer – assisting as an usher, backstage, costumes or other areas – may call 919-831-6936 or email info@theatreinthepark.
More customers than ever chose Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2016. In total, 11,049,143 people traveled through RDU, passing the 11-million passenger mark for the first time in the airport’s history. “We are excited to be connecting so many of our region’s air travelers to the people and places they care about most, “said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. “It’s a testament of the strength of our region, and the nine airlines that serve 47 non-stop destinations from RDU. Because of these partnerships, we’re able to serve all customers, from the business road warrior to the budgetconscious vacation traveler.” Arriving and departing passengers grew by 10.4 percent over 2015 with the airport recording 5.51 million arriving passengers and 5.54 million departing passengers. December’s passenger numbers were also 5.15 percent higher than 2015, marking the 34th consecutive month of passenger growth at RDU. This year’s record passenger count surpasses the previous record of 10,438,585 set in 2000 and the second highest count of 10,037,424 in 2007. For comparison, the highest total passenger count during American Airlines’ hub operations at RDU was 9.9 million. Every airline at RDU recorded growth during 2016. Air carriers experiencing the highest rate of growth during the year include United, Allegiant, Frontier and Delta. United added three new daily flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, greatly increasing its presence at RDU. Allegiant built on the success of its first year of operation at RDU in 2015 by increasing passenger counts to its three Florida destinations. Frontier Airlines added nonstop service to Atlanta, Orlando and Philadelphia in 2016. Delta Air Lines, already the airport’s largest carrier by market share, also increased passenger counts during 2016. The carrier also added non-stop service to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and initiated three daily flights to Newark and Washington DC. Following Delta Air Line’s 29.9 percent market share at RDU are American Airlines at 27.2 percent and Southwest Airlines at 21.0 percent.
Tickets are available to all shows at 919-831-6058 or theatreinthepark.com.
Theatre in the Park
Umstead State Park Leads NC in Total Visitors in 2016
YEAR STARTED: 1947, as The Children’s Theatre of Raleigh; name changed in 1970s North Raleigh’s William B. Umstead State Park topped all 39 North EXECUTIVE Carolina state parks and recreation areas with a 1.84 million visitors DIRECTOR: Ira David Wood III in 2016. LOCATION: Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre, 107 Pullen Rd, Raleigh The attendance represents a 38 percent increase over the last year and was among the six state park with more than 1 million visitors. WEBSITE: theatreinthepark.com Combined, North Carolina had 18.8 million visitors at its state INFORMATION: 919-831-6936 parks in 2016 – the most ever in the 100-year existence of the state BOX OFFICE: Hours: 9 am-5 pm, M-F parks system, according to the North Carolina Division of Parks and Phone: 919-831-6058 Recreation. Both Falls Lake and Jordan Lake recreation areas also saw an increase in visitors.