HART reaches goal for new stage

art hartThe Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville reached its fund-raising goal of $600,000 sooner than expected, thanks to John and Susie Harmon.


The Harmon’s pledged the final $75,000 of the $600,000 needed for startup costs on a second main stage, during HART’s opening performance of Brigadoon on July 12. 

About a year ago, HART announced its intent to raise $1 million dollars to build a Stage II, with the intent that construction should not begin until at least $600,000 in cash and pledges were in hand.  By July 11, the theater had raised $525,000 from nearly 200 donors. The next night, the Harmons stepped forward to help HART reach its goal. 

HART hopes the new space will be open next year. The addition will include a 150-seat theater, a bistro/café and a full kitchen.

Joe Sam Queen and his daughter, architect Sarah Queen, will design the new theater. 


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