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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Smith hits the stage for benefit

Actress Barbara Bates Smith will celebrate her 25th year of touring as part of North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville.

Noted for her off-Broadway performance of “Ivy Rowe,” adapted from Lee Smith’s bestselling novel Fair and Tender Ladies, Smith portrays this feisty mountain woman’s life of “livin’ on love,” even as she takes a stand against the coal company’s bulldozer. “Go, Granny D!” from the memoir of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who at age 90 walked across the U.S. for election reform, is also part of Smith’s repertoire.

Tickets range from $12-$24. The weekend of shows will benefit the Haywood Street Congregation, a service ministry where both homeless and housed enjoy food and fellowship.

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• The Miss Asheville Pageant-Blue Ridge Valley Scholarship will be held on Nov. 8 at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. The Little Miss Pageant will be from 1 to 4 p.m., with the Miss & Teen Pageant from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. 

• Auditions for the stage production of “A Christmas Carol” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2-3 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The production features elaborate costumes, sets and special effects. The production features a “carolers ensemble” that sing throughout, but there are numerous non-singing roles for all ages. Actors auditioning as professionals should come with a prepared monologue, headshot and resume. Actors who audition as volunteers will be asked to cold read from a provided script. Anyone interested in working backstage on the production is also encouraged to come by during auditions to sign up. The production will run Dec. 11-14. 

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