Henry and Roya Weyerhaeuser donate to Wilson Center expansion
Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton recently announced that the major donors of $ 500,000 to support the Wilson Center expansion project are Henry and Roya Weyerhaeuser.
The new addition to the Wilson Center, which will be accessed from the building’s lower lobby, will include a special event space and donor lounge, as well as an expanded student office space, expanded customer service facilities, support in the lobby, and will move Ticket Central to a more visible and accessible location.
The expansion was designed by LS3P, the architectural firm responsible for the design of the Wilson Center itself. When the venue opened in October 2015, the Wilson Center became the largest and most technologically advanced performing arts center in eastern North Carolina. It was designed to host national Broadway tours, concerts, symphonic performances, recitals, dance productions, etc.
The Wilson Center serves as a laboratory for student learning, with students working on each show; perform on stage in productions of the Drama Department of CFCC and local productions; and using the 26 teaching spaces as part of their learning journey. The building also houses a 108-seat black box studio / theater, which allows for a more intimate setting for the audience.
“Since the Wilson Center opened to the community over five years ago, we’ve hosted hundreds of thousands of guests for Broadway productions, concerts, dance, comedy, debut and many other events, ”said Shane Fernando, who has headed the performing arts center since before it opened. “We are excited about this new expansion and how it will allow us to move forward in our educational and artistic missions. We are extremely grateful to Henry and Roya Weyerhaeuser for their continued support to the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College.
“Cape Fear Community College continues to grow to serve our students and our community,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “We are so fortunate to have the support of donors who believe in what we do at the College and the Wilson Center. This wonderful gift will enhance our ability to serve our students and our community. I want to sincerely thank the Weyerhaeusers for leading this campaign and express my gratitude to everyone who will help make this expansion happen. ”