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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

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Staged reading of Clancy play

“Middletown,” an acclaimed new play by the Obie-winning playwright Dan Clancy, will receive a staged reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the meeting room of the Cashiers library.   

Andrew Prine, award-winning actor of stage, screen and television, and a new resident of Highlands, with over 180 credits to his name, has graciously agreed to join the ensemble cast comprised of some of the area’s finest actors: Adair Simon, Michael Lanzilotta and Lauretta Payne.

As part of the New Play Development Project at Lynn University in Florida, the staged reading of “Middletown” received standing ovations and has already been booked into other Florida theaters for next season with an option for it to be performed in New York. It tells the story of a friendship between two seemingly unlikely couples spanning 33 years, with all its joys and sorrows, betrayals and forgiveness.   

Sponsored by Friends of the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library, there is no charge to attend the performance, but donations are most welcome. 

For more information, call Ellen Greenwald at 828.743.1802.


SMCPA to host open house

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host a “Nothing Less Than Sensational Open House” and 2017 kickoff on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the center in Franklin.  

Guests will enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, lots of fun, and great prizes. An exciting season lineup, which includes several theatrical productions, concerts, holiday performances, and more, will be announced, with advanced specials on tickets for upcoming events also available. Those interested in becoming a Patron Club member are encouraged to attend to find out more about membership benefits. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome.

The SMCPA is a modern 1,500-seat facility featuring a state-of-the-art, concert-grade sound system. The center showcases artists from Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas and seeks to nurture the development, understanding, and appreciation of the arts throughout the community and the region. 

To purchase tickets, get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, visit or call 866.273.4615.

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