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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

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Comedic plays at Cashiers Library

The third annual Playfest will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Cashiers Public Library.

Originated by Ellen Greenwald in 2012, this fun event provides the opportunity for any aspiring thespian to have their moment of glory on stage. Nine short plays (about 10 minutes each) will be presented. Mostly comedies, they were selected from an original pool of over 100 works. 

With a background of over 50 years of involvement in professional and community theatre, Greenwald will direct one of the plays. Friends of the Library Board President Adair Simon, with extensive experience acting in dinner theater, as well as broadcasting, will direct the other eight.

Those in attendance will vote on the plays with a People’s Choice Award for first place garnering that playwright a $100 prize, with second and third place plays receiving $50 each.

Free.

828.743.5940.

 

‘Shrek The Musical’

The Overlook Theatre Company will present the stage production of “Shrek The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. July 24-25, 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.

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