A true Patron of the Arts

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The Harnett Regional Theatre Board of Directors posthumously awarded the Patron of the Arts award to the late Vicki Wade for her many years of dedication to the many facets of the theater. Ms. Wade passed away unexpectedly in August of this year. Board members Amy Langdon and Rick Stephenson presented this award to her family on Saturday night prior to HRT’s performance of “Good Ol’ Girls” at the Stewart Theatre.

Vicki Wade was an integral part of Harnett Regional Theatre for over 40 years. Over the years, she had worked in every aspect of theater at HRT. She was on the stage as an actor in many memorable roles such as Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie,” Big Mama in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Julia in “Lend Me a Tenor,” to name just a few.

She worked on sets painting yards and yards of trim amongst many other painting projects. Ms. Wade handled props for many shows coming up with and making all kinds of weird things that the show required. Then, she directed her first show and found another real love to add to her love of theater.

Ms. Wade directed more shows than anyone else in the history of HRT and did them all without accepting payment for any of them. HRT could depend on Ms. Wade to help in any way she could and she will be greatly missed.

“We are giving Vicki the Patron of the Arts award because she was here for HRT no matter what and her contributions to the theater would fill pages and pages,” said Ms. Langdon, vice president of the HRT Board of Directors. “For more than 40 years, Vicki was at the heart of everything HRT did and we will miss her more that we can say.

“Vicki Wade was a true patron of the arts because she worked at this theater in any role she was needed without asking anything in return just for the love and joy of making theater,” Ms. Langdon said. “Vicki Wade, we will never forget how you made HRT great!”

Vicki Gwen Wade died Aug. 24, 2018. She was born on May 20, 1947, in Dunn, daughter of the late Edward and Gwendolyn Wade. She graduated from Cary High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Campbell University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ms. Wade was a teacher at Dunn High School and Cape Fear Christian Academy. She retired from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission as claims specialist at the Dunn office.

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