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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

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Storytelling, art performance by The Ammons Sisters

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold their annual Celebration of the Arts with a storytelling and art performance by The Ammons Sisters at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

The show will open with Storytelling by Amy Ammons Garza and Spontaneous Visual Art by Doreyl Ammons Cain, followed by Betty Brown singing and performing Appalachian music on guitar and six Appalachian authors sharing their poetry, vignettes and short stories. Immediately following the one-hour performance there will be a meet and greet reception for the four exhibiting artists and a book signing for the 12 authors who have artwork and books currently on display and for sale at the Center for the Arts. 

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the performance and the reception free of charge. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’ to feature song, improv comedy

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” will bring an evening of musical comedy improvisation to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The show, part of the Galaxy of Stars Series at WCU, features an award-winning cast from New York City who are masters of improvisation.

Audience participation is a key part of the show. As they arrive at the Bardo Arts Center, each member of the audience is asked to make up a song title and write it down on a slip of paper. In the show’s first act, the actors choose four of the titles in a random drawing and spontaneously perform a song based on each one. Then, in a format modeled after the Tony Awards, the audience votes for a favorite to receive a “Phony” Award. The winning song sets the theme for a musical that is performed in its entirety in the second act. 

Ticket prices are $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff and $7 for students and children. The performance is sponsored by The Smoky Mountain News.

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‘Macbeth’ to hit HART stage in Waynesville

The production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-25, 31 and Nov. 1 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

The play will feature professional actor David Sebren in the title role, Kirsten Daniel as Lady Macbeth and New York actor Adam Kampouris as Macduff. Kampouris is returning to HART after a five-year absence. He was last seen at HART as Hamlet. The production is under the direction of HART Executive Director Steven Lloyd, and is being traditionally staged, set in the 12th century, with elaborate costuming, an original score by David and Sean Bruce, set design by UNC-School of the Arts design student Tony Debernardo and broadsword fight choreography by Kampouris.

Tickets are available online at and from the HART box office at 828.456.6322.

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