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Western Carolina University will soon kick off its University Theatre’s Mainstage season.

The 2011-12 season includes four shows – two musicals and two comedies. Scheduled are the comedy, “I Hate Hamlet,”; the musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”; the concert version of “Music Is,” based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”; and a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Mainstage season subscriptions for all four shows cost $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, faculty and staff and $20 for students (a 30 percent savings over individual prices) and will be available Aug. 16 to Oct 5.


Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

“The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010, and the show’s cast presented monthly programs at City Lights bookstore in Sylva during its first year. The ensemble gave its first performance in the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium in July to a standing-room-only crowd.


Licklog Players is looking for five men, one woman and one teenage girl to audition for “Wait Until Dark” a thriller by Frederick Knott directed by Edie Kleinpeter Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 1, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Peacock Playhouse, 301 Church Street, Hayesville.

Call (828)389-8632 or visit www.licklogplayers.org.

The hills were alive with music... and heritage. “Heritage is the living part of us,” said Shirley Ridge, a former resident of Macon County. “More than just reading or learning, it is a part of who we are.

Main Street in Franklin was bursting with activity Saturday, July 16, for the 8th annual Franklin Folk Festival. The entertainment began at 9 a.m. and continued all day long. The thrum of an oldtime dulcimer, the twang of bluegrass and old fashioned harmony gospel resonated in the air of the warm summer day.


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