Our Director

R. Manley (Bob) Lucas

R. Manley (Bob ) Lucas is an actor, singer, Realtor, developer, kayak and Prius driver. A North Carolina native and former Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel hill, Bob grew up in the rural farming communities of Harnett, Robeson and Johnston Counties where he learned that “a country boy can survive”. An early exposure to the joy of music in church and school molded his future. In college he sang baritone with the national champion UNC-CH Men’s Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Robert Porco.  Musical theatre as well as stage, screen, and radio vocal work became and has remained a passion. Bob was Thalian Association “Actor of the Year” in 1995 for his role as Sgt. Toomey in Biloxi Blues and has graced the Wilmington stages in a variety of roles. His most favorite role has been a recurring role of The Ghost of Christmas Present in Rob Zapple’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. As a real estate developer, Bob’s most enduring contributions to Wilmington was the rehabilitation of the historic St. Andrews Church, now the Brooklyn Arts Center, the rehabilitation of the Washington Catlett School, now the Sgt. Eugene Ashley Transitional Living Center, and the development of multiple housing opportunities for the disenfranchised and mentally ill. An active member of the Cape Fear Chordsmen since singing in the 2009 Holiday Men’s Chorus, Bob and his fellow members of the quartet, Hazardous Moving parts, became the Carolinas District Senior Quartet Champions in 2016.  He was also selected as the Cape Fear Chordsmen Barbershopper of the Year for 2014.   In his spare time at nights and weekends, Bob serves the non-profit Eye Bank of North Carolina/ Miracles In Sight as a Surgical Recovery Specialist giving sight to the blind through the transplant of corneal tissue. “I Have Seen The Bright Lights”
The Faces Of Bob Lucas
Cape Fear Chordsmen - Amazon Smile