Theatergoers can expect to see smaller casts, simpler scenery and possibly higher ticket prices as UNC acting groups vie for performance sites.
Pauper Players and Company Carolina are both dealing with the temporary loss of the Cabaret, now off-limits as the Student Union prepares for further renovations, scheduled for completion in late 2003.
Leigh Conaway, a producer for Company Carolina, said the group used to rely on the Cabaret when its usual venue, Swain Hall, was booked. Departmental issues in Swain, which arose last spring, compounded the loss of the Union space. The company was left with only one guaranteed performance in Swain Hall this year.
The group has few options. Venues such as the Great Hall, Gerrard Hall and the Union Auditorium have already been claimed by events that would normally book Memorial Hall. Company Carolina found venues for most of its planned spring shows, but sites for its fall performances are still up in the air.
The group might have to compromise on show dates, moving them later in the semester and reducing the number and size of shows.