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RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre

The RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre is RLT's third and largest stage, seating up to 2000 people. When the weather is just right, it is a wonderful way to spend and evening watching a show.

The view of the amphitheatre as you walk in down the steps from Pogue Street
The view of the amphitheatre as you walk in down the steps from Pogue Street
View of the amphitheatre stage from the seats. The Rose Garden is in the distance beyond the stage.
View of the amphitheatre stage from the seats
A view from the stage
A view from the stage
A scene from H.M.S Pinafore, performed on the amphitheatre stage, June 2002
A scene from H.M.S Pinafore, performed on the amphitheatre stage, June 2002

In June 2004, the RLT’s Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre was named in honor of a Raleigh community and business leader, Louise S. "Scottie" Stephenson.

The amphitheatre's new name on the wall stage left (click for larger image)
Amphitheatre wall
Dedication plaque by the steps leading to the amphitheatre (click for larger image)
Dedication plaque

Louise S. "Scottie" Stephenson was an employee of Capitol Broadcasting Company for 58 years, longer than anyone in the history of Capitol Broadcasting, including it's founder A.J. Fletcher. She was Corporate Secretary for most of those years. She died in April 2002.

Louise S. "Scottie" StephensonScottie was also active in the community, serving on the board of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and supporting the arts through volunteer work with the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and the North Carolina Symphony. She was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year of the Wake County Academy of Women, sponsored by the YWCA. She was also the first recipient of the Junior Women's Club Outstanding Working Member award.

She was the only woman on a five member team seeking a television station license for WRAL. She helped prepare 3,000 pages of paperwork and testified before the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., during the 75 day hearing, according to a Capitol press release. The company received its license in December 1956.

Capitol Broadcasting's board passed a resolution upon her death:

Scottie Stephenson's support, loyalty and steadfast concern about the company and her colleagues will be a loss difficult to reconcile. For more than 50 years Scottie served tirelessly as Corporate Secretary for Capitol Broadcasting. Her dedication to the company stretches back to the time when Capitol struggled successfully, with her special help, to secure the television license for WRAL TV. Scottie's approach to her work was direct and effective. With grace and wit, she worked to make Capitol a successful and distinguished broadcast company.

Everyone who knew Scottie was captured by her integrity and charm. She was a great friend. Though many people today are credited with "wisdom" only a few actually possess it. Scottie was a rare individual whose wisdom came abundant and naturally from a combination of experience, intellect, patience and compassion. Those of us who were privileged to work with Scottie are grateful beneficiaries of that wisdom and compassion. We had the opportunity to be better people through Scottie's example, and we pay tribute today to the memory of our gentle colleague and generous friend.

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