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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

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Want to spice up your marriage?

Dr. Gary Chapman, world-renowned speaker and author of The 5 Love Languages will headline “Spice Up Your Marriage: Date Night,” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

The event is designed to equip and encourage married couples in a fun, engaging evening of music, comedy and inspiration. Joining Chapman for this unique event will be Michael O’Brien, former lead singer of Newsong, as well as national speakers and humorists, Jeff & Debby McElroy.

O’Brien will kick-off the evening with a dose of engaging humor and compelling music, while also sharing the story of why and how he left Newsong during the pinnacle of the band’s popularity. The McElroys, a husband and wife duo, known for their comedic approach, have spoken to millions around the world on the topic of marriage and relationships. Their ability to weave humor, drama, teaching and music has proven invaluable in engaging audience members.

Proceeds from the event will go to the various marriage and family ministries of Forever Families, including their military and first responder ministry, which is designed to help families involved in those professions who struggle from the stress of their work.

Tickets are $22.50. or 828.524.1598.


St. Clair brings storytelling to Marianna

Master storyteller Charlie St. Clair will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

The North Carolina Storytelling Guild has a dream to bring tellers into a library in each of the 100 counties in the state. St. Clair has been telling stories to family and friends all his life. He has been telling stories publicly for the past eight years and performed improvisational theater with Living Story Theater for eight years. He is currently the Treasurer of the Asheville Storytelling Circle.

St. Clair has appeared at the Toe River Storytelling Festival, Blue Ridge Storyfest, The Laurinburg Bald Face Liars Showdown, Tales of Union County at The Rose Hill Plantation, Tellabration! and at the Grove Park Inn.  


828.488.3030 or


Golf comedy at HART

The comedy production of “The Fox On The Fairway” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and Oct. 2-3 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club is in a difficult position; the golfer he thought would play for his club has switched sides, recruited by his counterpart and opponent, and the huge bet he had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost. Fortunately, he discovers that a new hired hand is actually quite a good golfer. He just has a few problems. 

Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 seniors, $11 students, with a $7 matinee.


Sondheim musical at HART

The Tony Award winning musical “Company” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4-5 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Based on the book by George Furth, the Stephen Sondheim production centers on Bobbie, a young man unable to commit to any relationship, let alone marriage, and his friends, five couples who are all married. This witty, wise, and sophisticated musical has become a classic, with one of Sondheim's best scores.

Tickets are $26 adults, $22 seniors, $13 students, with a $9 matinee. Add a pre-show meal for $15.

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