Major Expansion and Renovations at in progress at Lakeland Cultural Arts Center
The Board of Directors is excited to announce that Lakeland Cultural Arts Center has entered into a partnership with the Ed Fitts Charitable Foundation to update and expand both the facilities and the offerings of the organization. In the spring of 1975, Littleton High School closed its doors, and the future of the building was unclear. Just a few years later, a director and performer named Mark Taylor reopened the building as the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC), with a dream of bringing the arts to the region. Forty-two years later, that vision is taking another leap forward. Construction is underway at our location on Mosby Avenue in Littleton. The current restrictions on entertainment venues brought about by the pandemic provides a window of opportunity for construction, but the scope and detail of the work planned for will require the cancellation of performances for the remainder of 2020, with a planned reopening in early 2021. Check back often, as we will provide updates and photos regularly here on the site.
“This new partnership allows us to carry on the vision inspired by Mark Taylor while modernizing the theatre,” Board Chairman, Roy Pierce said “We are really looking forward to this new chapter in our history- not just for what it means to Lakeland, but the potential to have a positive impact on the expansion and economic growth of Littleton and the region.”
Our partnership with the Fitts Foundation has also led to the expansion of the staff. Peter Holloway joined the organization at the first of the year as Executive Director, moving from Louisville, Kentucky, where for more than twelve years he led Stage One, a nationally recognized children’s theater. He joins Managing Artistic Director John Duvall, who came aboard in 2018. John has already had a major impact, effecting changes both in production quality and upgrades to the facility.
Executive Director Holloway stated, “The vision for Lakeland extends beyond being just a theater; we hope that by increasing tourism from the surrounding communities and beyond, the LCAC will serve as an economic engine for the region by building new partnerships, reaching new audiences, enlisting new volunteers and finding new patrons.” Renovations include a redesign of the box office and lobby areas to enhance the experience of LCAC visitors, as well as backstage renovations to accommodate the needs of performers.
Accessible parking will be available close to the building with easy entrance for patrons. Within the main theatre, a new mezzanine will allow up to 40 additional patrons to enjoy the production offerings of live performances or movie screenings utilizing a new 22 foot screen and projection equipment. Upgrades to the lighting and sound systems will further enrich the theatre-going experience. The smaller Black Box Cabaret Theater will also undergo renovations.
With the ongoing generous support of the Fitts Foundation, there will also be an addition of a new amphitheater out back on the former athletic fields, with lawn seating for more than 1000 patrons, providing a large stage for outdoor performances, movies, and concerts situated in the shade of two giant oak trees. Lakeland believes that by working in conjunction with the outdoor stage on Main Street in Littleton, the addition of this unique venue will be a significant draw for both lake visitors and residents from around the region to spend a day or evening in Littleton.
“We are committed to making the Lakeland a sought-after cultural center by expanding educational and entertainment experiences to our entire community with affordable, accessible and diverse programs that encourage participation by all segments of our immediate and extended communities,” shared Holloway, “Look for us to continue and expand life-long learning opportunities for people of all ages, particularly children.”
For immediate release:
March 13, 2020
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In accordance with advice from state public health experts, the state of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency due to the COV19 (Coronavirus).
Lakeland Cultural Arts Center has made the decision to postpone our upcoming performances of Harrigan’s Pub (Mar 13-14), Mike Wiley’s Fire of Freedom (Mar 20),Tony Sands’ Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Mar 21), and The Marvelous Wonderettes(Mar 27-28, Apr 3-5)
The performances will be re-scheduled for later dates, and further announcements will be forthcoming with details. Patrons will be offered refunds or exchanges for future events.
As of Friday, March 13, staff members will begin contacting patrons who have provided telephone numbers to offer refunds and exchanges. Please feel free to contact the Box Office at (252) 586-3124 with any questions or to request refunds.
As always, the safety of Lakeland’s patrons, cast, crew, volunteers, and staff is of the utmost importance. Thank you for your understanding.
Lakeland Cultural Arts Center
411 Mosby Avenue
Littleton, NC 27850