Memorial clears space to face down DPAC

Theater vs. theater

2009  •  by Zack Smith

The early success of the Durham Performing Arts Center’s 2,800-seat theater has created pressure at the older performing arts venue down the interstate in Raleigh.

Recently, the Progress Energy Center, a four-venue facility topped by the 2,300-seat Memorial Auditorium, instituted changes that would open the main stage to more big-ticket touring acts.

Among the key changes was for the Carolina Ballet to relocate most of its non-Nutcracker performances from Memorial Auditorium to Fletcher Opera Theater. This relocation in turn creates space and scheduling problems for several of the smaller resident companies that use the facility.

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