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HART Theatre reopens

Pasquale LaCorte as George Burns. Pasquale LaCorte as George Burns.

Waynesville’s beloved Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its doors again to the public, beginning April 8 with the one-man show “Say Goodnight, Gracie” starring Pasquale LaCorte as George Burns. 

The production is being staged in the Fangmeyer Theater, with CDC protocols in place. The flat floor of the theater makes it possible for patrons to be in pods spaced six feet apart. 

Patrons will be asked to wear masks unless they are eating or drinking items from the concession area, and distancing will be practiced throughout the facility. HART has created a special Covid Safety Video to give patrons a sample of what attending the show will be like. To view it, simply go to www.harttheatre.com.

“Say Goodnight, Gracie” is an evening with one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated figures. George Burns lived to be 100 years old and was a major star until he died. He performed in Vaudeville in the 1920s and in the 1930s he teamed up with Gracie Allen, whom he would eventually marry. The two became stars of film and radio, and eventually had a successful television show in the 1950s.

The show offers an unforgettable tour through a century of entertainment. Audiences will be transported with treasured video clips, audio and pictures from the life of these comic icons.

The show has performances at 7:30 p.m. April 8-10 and 15-17 and 2 p.m. April 11 and 18. All seats are $20 general admission. 

To make reservations call the HART Box office at 828.456.6322 at any time and simply leave your name, phone number, the number of tickets you would like held and the performance date on the recording. Door opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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