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The past season was yet another year chock full of partnerships with fellow performing arts groups. In collaboration with the Bryan Cultural Series and the Outer Banks Community Foundation, we brought the first Broadway play, Pirates of Penzance, to the Outer Banks! Youth played a key role in an array of activities, from load in to wardrobe prep to operating the curtain.

Once again, we worked with the Dare Arts Council to conduct a local art competition for our playbill cover. Artist turnout was exceptional and the winner selection very challenging. For the first time, we have displayed some of the other entries. All are available on our website. Please see the competition details on pages 14 and 15.

This season, we are working collaboratively with the Town of Duck to promote the Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC and the Forum’s Shana Tucker in October 2016. We are hopeful that these initiatives towards working together will lead to further strengthening of the performing arts on the beach.

Our financial performance continued to be healthy as you can see from our financial results on page 7. Our auditorium was mostly filled with season subscribers. Donations from individuals and businesses were stronger than ever. Donors and sponsors are listed in the playbill and on our website as well. As a result of our robust financial situation, we were able to respond positively to our Scholarship Committee’s request to provide three college scholarships this year instead of the budgeted two. The winners are listed on page 14.

A very special thanks to all of our incredible volunteers who make the Outer Banks Forum a reality. We continue to operate as a 100 percent volunteer organization. Remember, we are always looking for new volunteers.

Now, welcome to the 34th year of the Outer Banks Forum – bringing quality entertainment to our community. Enjoy the 2016–17 season!

Eddie Cooke

President, Outer Banks FORUM