On the stageWritten by Admin
Simon comedy to hit HART stage
The Neil Simon masterpiece production “Brighton Beach Memoirs” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 24-25 and May 1-2, 8-9, and at 3 p.m. May 3 and 10 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
The autobiographical play is set in the 1930s and the action is seen through the eyes of young Eugene Morris Jerome. The play is one of the funniest and most touching of all of the Simon works.
Simon is the most successful playwright in theater history. At one point he had three hit plays running on Broadway simultaneously and throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s one hit followed another. He was a part of a legendary group of writers who worked for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” in the 1950s that included Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Selma Diamond. In 1991 Simon wrote what would become his most celebrated play, “Lost in Yonkers.” The play has the same spirit and feel as the “Brighton Beach” trilogy, and it finally won him the Pulitzer Prize.
Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $11 for students. There will also be a $7 matinee.
www.harttheatre.org or 828.456.6322.
‘West Side Story’ comes to Franklin
The acclaimed production “West Side Story” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Leonard Bernstein’s legendary story is of hidden romance and tragedy, as tensions rise in this classic American musical. This most loved show is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” set in 1950s Manhattan. We join rival gangs — the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks” — who are battling for control of the historic New York City community (Upper West Side).
In the midst of the gang tensions and neighborhood prejudices blooms the romance of Tony, former Jets member and Maria, the younger sister of Bernardo, founder of the Sharks. The production tells a relevant story of the consequences of ethnic violence and romance on the streets of our greatest city.
The Franklin show will be presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera.
Tickets start at $20.
www.greatmountainmusic.com or 828.524.1598.
Open call for ‘Oklahoma!’
Auditions for the classic production of “Oklahoma!” will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 3-4 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Principal roles in this show have been cast, but all other roles are still open. The production opens on HART’s mainstage on July 10 and runs through Aug. 2. “Oklahoma!” is one of Rogers and Hammerstein’s most popular musicals. All actors should come with sheet music. There will be an accompanist provided. Actors do not need to come with monologues prepared, but may be asked to read from the script by the director.
• Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will host guest speaker Cameron McCallister at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The primary mission of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This particular RZIM event will be focused towards youth and college age, though all are welcome to attend. Free. www.greatmountainmusic.com.