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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

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‘Seussical the Musical’ comes to Bryson

The Little Town Playhouse, Bryson City’s newest theater ensemble, is pleased to present “Seussical the Musical, Jr.,” which will run at 6:30 p.m. April 28-29 and May 5-7, and at 3 p.m. May 7 at the Swain County Recreation Center. 

The musical, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, first debuted on Broadway 16 years ago and is based on several Dr. Seuss books. The Little Town Playhouse’s adaptation of “Seussical the Musical” is directed by Ricky Sanford. Cord Scott serves as music director. 

Sanford, a graduate of Swain County High School, spent 14 years performing with the Smoky Mountain Community Theater in Bryson City and was most recently involved with that theater’s production of “Babes in Toyland” as an actor and sponsor on behalf of The Little Town Playhouse. “Babes in Toyland” featured several actors who will perform in “Seussical the Musical.” 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and over), $5 for students (6 and over), and free for children five and under.



Want to learn puppetry?

There will be an “Introduction to Puppetry” workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 2-5 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Learn the age-old craft of foam puppet building and manipulation from start to finish. Each student will design and fabricate their own puppet based upon a specific style and personality. The class is open to all ages.

Cost is $30, which includes registration fee, all materials, patterns and instruction.


Do you sing, dance, play an instrument?

The “Talent in the Mountains” community-wide talent show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at The Grove Church in Bryson City. 

Applications are due by May 9 and are now being accepted for your chance to win $100. Applications may be picked up at the Marianna Black Library, Friends of MBL Bookstore on Everett Street or online at All family-friendly acts will be considered. Entry fee is $10 per act. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library. 



Magic comes to WCU stage

Magician Mike Super, winner of NBC’s TV series “Phenomenon,” will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Super uses a down-to-earth form of magic that enables him to connect with the audience on a level they can relate to, TV critics say. His performance on “Phenomenon” made him the first and only magician to win a live magic competition on primetime U.S. network television.

Super is the recipient of numerous accolades, including Performing Arts Artist of the Year, Best Performing Artist, Campus Entertainer of the Year, Best Live Novelty Performance, Best Male Performer, and being voted America’s Favorite Mystifier.

Tickets for the event are $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff, and $7 for students. They can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 828.227.2479.



• The Musical Theater Department at Cherokee High School and Middle Schools will perform “Lion King Jr.” at 7 p.m. May 5-7 in the Joyce Dugan Cultural Center. Tickets are $5. The Braves Cafe will offer dinner served in the lobby for $7 starting at 5:30 p.m. 

• Upcoming auditions for Ensemble and Character Roles for Community Theater Actors HART Theatre will hold auditions for its major summer musical the legendary Rock Opera “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” at 6:30 p.m. May 9-10 in the Studio Theater at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. Anyone auditioning should come prepared to sing with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. There are roles for men, women and children of all ages. The production opens on July 8 and runs through July 31. Rehearsals are typically from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and everyone is not called every night. Conflicts can be worked around until the final week when everyone is required. Rehearsals will begin May 23. 

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