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An African-American Resort Destroyed by Hazel in "Summers at Seabreeze"

Zach Hanner & Cas Hyman
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00pm, June 19-July 25 at Theatre Now

It's easy to forget how much history is hidden in every corner of our area.  As a coastal port, so many people have been attracted  to this region over hundreds of years.  More recently, in the early 20th century, there was a resort near the Carolina Beach bridge that many people may not know about.  Back then, it was one of only 2 beaches available to African-Americans in North Carolina:  Seabreeze at Freeman Beach.  The area was devastated by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Credit Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
Federal Point Historic Preservation Society
There were many juke joints at Seabreeze.

Local playwright Zach Hanner became interested in the history of Seabreeze a decade ago when he first learned about it.  He crafted the history into a performance that includes dance (choreographed by Kevin Lee-Y Green), music (by Grenoldo Frazier), and videography featuring recollections by folks who were part of the community.  

Mr. Hanner joined us with one of the actors from the show, Cas Hyman.  Mr. Hyman recently moved to the area from Los Angeles, where he was a television writer and actor.  

Summers at Seabreeze:  Songs and Remembrances from Freeman Beach runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00, June 19-July 25.  This is a dinner theater performance at Theatre Now, with a menu offering a nod to the food famous in the resort: clam-fritters, chicken wrapped in collard greens, and a seafood steam pot.  Show-only tickets are also available.