Orville Comes to The Bank of the Arts

Bill Hand on stage
Bill Hand as Orville Wright. Photo by Gray Whitley.

If you missed Bill Hand as Orville Wright when he appeared to a full house last fall, you have another opportunity! The North Carolina History Theater and the Craven Arts Council are partnering to bring Orville to the Bank of the Arts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27.

Bill Hand portrays the younger Wright brother Orville as he looks back on how he and his brother were inspired by the concept of flight, then created one of history’s greatest inventions using little more than ingenuity, spare change, and equipment they fashioned from things lying around in their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. His story ends with a description of the famous First Flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Craven Arts Council & Gallery (craven-arts-council-gallery.myshopify.com) or at the Bank of the Arts at 317 Middle Street, or phone 252-638-2577.

You wonder, “what is the North Carolina History Theater?” Well, imagine the perfect blend of entertainment and history led by playwright, journalist, actor, director Bill Hand. Hand’s story-telling ability, his sense of comedy and fun, and his dedication to historical accuracy promise many delightful and fascinating offerings. Orville and Mark Twain are among the one-man shows, but watch for Honour, The Musical and much more as the theater grows. Learn more about this new 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation at NCHistoryTheater.org or Facebook.com/NorthCarolinaHistoryTheater.

The North Carolina History Theater, Inc., is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to expressing and exploring the unique history of North Carolina through the performing arts and celebrating the rich diversity of our state in all forms of artistic expression.

Submitted By Kathy Morrison, North Carolina History Theater