We have made it through one of the toughest times here at New Bern Civic Theatre (NBCT) and we are thrilled to announce our reopening in May with Greater Tuna, the theatre’s first live production since February 2020. Though we still have many challenges in the coming year, this two-man satirical comedy is our first step towards recovery. Please join us as we celebrate the grand reopening of live theatre in New Bern at New Bern Civic Theatre.

In the past 15 years we have navigated through a recession, hurricanes, and now a global pandemic. It has been a trying time for our beautiful community and NBCT is grateful for the support we have received over the years from our patrons, donors, and sponsors. Over the past year the NBCT staff and Board of Directors have been busy preparing for this reopening and planning for some much needed repairs and renovations as we move forward through the 2021 season. Our stage is receiving a complete overhaul to include a brand new orchestra pit. Our greenroom will be repaired and expanded to allow for efficiency and safety. The light sets over the stage and ceiling tiles are all being replaced and we are continuing to finalize our plans for larger projects that had to be postponed due to COVID.

This reopening of the theatre is a long awaited moment for all of us here at NBCT and we are thrilled to open the doors and welcome our patrons back. This is the first step in moving together towards a better and brighter future for the arts in our community. We look forward to seeing you in May for Greater Tuna!

At NBCT, we take safety very seriously and use all necessary precautions to make sure the Athens Theatre is sanitized before and after all performances. Hand sanitizers are always available, and masks are still required. At this point, seating is limited per Governor Cooper’s Executive Order.

Show dates: May 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 7:30pm May 16, 23 @2pm

Greater Tuna is a satirical comedy about a small town in Texas named Tuna, Texas' third smallest town. The wacky inhabitants of this town -- men, women, children and animals -- are all played by two skillful, transformative actors who must change parts at a rather breakneck speed and use inventive voice work.

The day in Tuna, begins—as usual—with Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie at the microphones of a radio show, broadcasting at a big 275 watts (at least when they remember to turn the transmitter on). As the day wears on, Tuna’s citizens parade across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, commenting on life, politics, and what makes them (and sometimes us) tick. All these characters are played by two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a “tour-de-farce” of quick-change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all.

● "Howlingly funny." - Variety

● "The audience all but exploded the theatre with laughter." - New York Post

● "Hilarious, a tribute to the art of acting." - Washington Post

● "Sharp, satiric & funny." - The New Yorker

● "A whale of a funny evening." - Houston Post

Rated PG-13

Play by: Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Directed by Keith Boyd, Produced by Angelina Doyle

Characters played by Neil Oliver and Tyler Griffin

*Masks are required*

TICKETS: (NOT including Sales Tax or Online Service Fee)

• Orchestra — Advance: $20, Door: $22, Students & Active Duty Military: $12

• Balcony — Advance: $19, Door: $21, Students & Active Duty Military: $10

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 252-633-0567 or by ordering online at .

Presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

New Bern Civic Theatre 414 Pollock St. New Bern, NC 28560

Mark your calendar for upcoming Walk-In Bathtub 2021 Performances at New Bern Civic Theatre:

Saturday, March 13, Saturday, May 8, Saturday, June 5, Saturday, July 31, Saturday, October 9, 2021

We all need a good laugh these days--come join us for a fun night!

Join New Bern Civic Theatre for New Bern’s first and only (that we know of…) improv group - Walk-In Bathtub. Walk-in Bathtub provides an avenue for off-the-beaten-path theatre ventures like original sketches and plays from local artists, full length plays not seen often in the area, Improv and comedy festivals, and more.

Social distancing practiced, mask required, temperature taken, theatre sanitized between shows.

Masks are required to attend, and all staff, performers, and guests will be screened prior to entering the building with contact-less thermometers. Auditorium, lobby, and bathrooms will be fully sanitized between each show and hand sanitizer stations will be available in the lobby. To allow for the disinfectant to set, seating will open five minutes before each show begins. Concessions will be available, but NBCT will not be allowed to sell alcohol per the Governor’s Executive Order.

Show times:

4pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm


(Excluding Sales Tax or Online Service Fee) All Seats: $10

Walk-In Bathtub Improv-a-Thon comedy show is for a 45-minute performance that begins on the hour, with a 15-minute cleaning break between each show. Tickets are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday at the daytime box office, located at 412 Pollock Street in downtown New Bern, by phone at 252-633-0567 and online at

NBCT seized the opportunity to apply for vital grants through the "A Community Thrives" fundraiser challenge, which ran from September 21-October 16, 2020. The challenge was sponsored by Gannett Media Corp (An Affiliate of USA Today and Sun Journal parent company) and administered by Mightcause. The highest donations were eligible for grants from $2,500 to as high as $100,000.

Thanks to the New Bern and Craven County community, NBCT raised $19,885 donated by 98 loyal patrons and placed 15th in the nation! More than 900 organizations participated in this year's challenge to become eligible for more than $2,000,000 in grants from USA TODAY NETWORK and the Gannett Foundation. Gannet will announce the grant awards in December.

"Although NBCT did not rank in the funds matching category, we are extremely honored and proud to place 15th in the nation. Thank you, New Bern and Craven County! As a community theatre, 80% of our revenue comes from our productions' ticket sales and special events. After the pandemic hit, we postponed or canceled 13 events. The show closures impacted our finances and the very essence of what we do. We miss live theatre, our volunteers, and the community that has supported us for over 52 years. We hope to be back to the new normal soon. These generous donations help keep the magic of theatre alive!" says Angelina Doyle, executive director, NBCT.

The New Bern comedy group Walk-In Bathtub performed on Oct. 10 with an eight-hour Improv-A-Thon event to boost the "A Community Thrives" fundraiser. The 4 p.m.-to-midnight series of performances marked the first time Civic was able to allow the public to take a seat inside the historic theater since March.

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Congratulations to all the participating organizations. The results of the fundraising portion of A Community Thrives have been verified and are posted below. Merit-based grant recipients will be announced in early December.

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