Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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12 Autumn 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RENDE "Glad you could make it!" and "Enjoy the show" are just a couple of the greetings to expect from Patrick Byrd, left, and Robert Garrison, who are red-jacketed "showstoppers" giving the red-carpet treatment to ticket-holders at the Durham Performing Arts Center. How About That! Quick, sometimes quirky reads T here's no mistaking the piped in music to put the throng of ticket- holders in the theatrical mood. It's the title song for "Hello, Dolly," the Broadway hit that has been making the rounds since its 1964 debut. The double glass doors swing open at the hands of Patrick Byrd and Robert Garrison, releasing the scent of roasted Bavarian nuts from a cart inside and unleashing a slew of smiling greetings: "Good evening!" "Glad you could make it!" "Welcome! Welcome!" These are the "showstoppers" — their actual titles — dressed to the nines, as they say, in red jackets, bow ties, and derbies. Each has a slight beard, adding to an aura of sophistication. Their mission: QEOMRKEQIQSVEFPI½VWXMQTVIWWMSR at DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center. This is — literally — the red-carpet treatment. There are more than a few similarities to a night at the Tony Awards: posters surround the entry, for "Miss Saigon," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Anastasia." One EVVMZMRK]SYRKPEH]FVMI¾]PSWIWSRISJLIV high-heels, scooping it up and carrying it into the lobby. "This is my third year," said Byrd, an 18-year-old from Bahama. "Bahamas without the 's,'" he said of the northern Durham County locale. "You know, I enjoy meeting all the people." Sure, he said, he enjoyed singing in choir and musicals in school, but the now UNC-Charlotte student has different ideas. "Not as a career," he said. "It's the atmosphere and people I love …. It drew QILIVI½VWXFYXEJXIV[SVOMRKLIVI what I like is customer service." Making sure you make a grand entrance KATHRYN RENDE Robert Garrison, a DPAC "showstopper" with the personality for the job: "I'm a social person myself."

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