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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

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‘Shrek The Musical’

The Overlook Theatre Company will present the stage production of “Shrek The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, the musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs and a sidesplitting story. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre instead of a handsome prince shows up to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona. Throw in a donkey that won’t shut up, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits including Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and Snow White, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek. 

Backed by a terrific score, big laughs, and great dancing, Shrek The Musical is part romance, part fairy tale, and lots of fun for everyone.  This larger than life show is a musical comedy suited for all ages.

Tickets are $12 and $17.

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.


The funny side of marriage, murder

The comedy-drama “Marriage is Murder” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1-3 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City.

Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul's apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.




• A Folk & Outsider Art Talk and reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Learn about area artists and collectors as they discuss the folk art movement. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org. 

• Americana/folk act The Pressley Girls will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Admiring the Louvin Brothers, classic country singers, and traditional folk musicians, twin sisters Katie and Corie hope to bring transcendent genuine music back to the world. Corie plays the guitar and mandolin while singing harmony with her sister, Katie, who plays the fiddle and piano while singing lead. The event is part of the “Traditional Appalachian Music” series at the library. Free. 828.488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

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