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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

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Shakespeare program available to organizations, communities

Western Carolina University has a new free outreach program called WCU Road Works that will present theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region. 

“To host, all anyone needs is a place for us to perform and to promote the event in their community or with their membership,” said George Brown, dean of WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and director of the program.

This summer, the first offering will be a family-friendly production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised,” a parody of the Bard known for comically shortened scenes, pop culture references and occasional audience participation. 

The production is completely self-contained and available to be performed either indoors or outdoors, Brown said. Performances can be scheduled any afternoon or evening on unscheduled weekdays in June.

“WCU Road Works is an exciting way to share with communities across our region the great talents of our student artists,” Brown said. “It also serves as another example of Western Carolina University being a dynamic part of Western North Carolina, as well as to promote the College of Fine and Performing Arts and our upcoming performance season.”

Brown said “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised” features three student actors — Sarina Montgomery in the role of Daniel, Sarah Luckadoo as Jess, and Libby Rounds as Adam — for an “irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.” 

Any interested community or organization that wants to book a production should select a date and contact the College of Fine and Performing Arts at 828.227.7028 to receive a confirmation sheet to detail information about the performance site. Once confirmed, the group will receive additional support materials to help with marketing of the event.

The show will be presented live at 6:30 p.m. June 2-3 on the University Center lawn at Western Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.


HART presents‘Legally Blonde’

The summer kicks off with the Broadway musical smash “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

The production is based on the popular 2001 film that made a star of Reese Witherspoon as the quintessential sorority girl Elle Woods. She enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. Woods discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. Throughout the show no one has faith in Woods, but she manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 27-28 and June 2-4, 9-11, and also at 2 p.m. and May 29 and June 5,12. Special discount tickets are available for the Thursday performances and special discount tickets are also available for all performances for students.  

To make reservations, call the box office at 828.456.6322 or visit


Show to benefit local missions

“Ms. Patti’s Entertainment Tonight” production will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. 

Patti McClure is putting together a variety show to support local missions. A host of talented entertainers are scheduled to participate, including Blue Ridge, Susan Pons, Scotty and Nikki Corbin, Grady, Mark and Ren Corbin, David Beam, Brandon Scruggs, Ed Hill, Jay Baird and Limited Distance, Teddy Burnett, Shawn Burrows, H2O Cloggers, Mountain Voices, Arphea Brimmer, Ilana Lubitsch and David Moffitt, and Rhonda and Luke Bateman.

Tickets are $10. or 866.273.4615. 


HART receives grant

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre was awarded $5,000 to support a new youth drama program at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. The grant was awarded by The Fund for Haywood County and the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund. The Medford Fund supports beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities in Waynesville.

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to help address a diverse set of needs and opportunities in Haywood County, from cultural and natural resources to recreation and people in need,” said George Ivey, chair of the Advisory Board of The Fund for Haywood County. “We remain forever grateful to our past and present donors, whose gifts make our growing grant program possible.”

The Fund for Haywood Country, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is a permanently endowed fund to meet local needs. Tax-deductible gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County. Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 99 grants totaling $859,243. 

To make a tax-deductible donation to The Fund for Haywood County or the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund, visit or mail to The Fund for Haywood County, P.O. Box 627, Waynesville, North Carolina, 28786. 

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina.

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