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Licklog Players is holding auditions for their next production, the southern red-neck comedy, “Dearly Departed.” This play is part of a trilogy which included last year’s smash hit “Southern Hospitality” in the backwoods of the Bible Belt.

The beleaguered Turpin family proves once again that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need.


Art Cinema in the Loft Gallery at 2 p.m.

• April 16 - Paul Conrad, Drawing Fire Celebrate the career of this legendary Pulitzer- Prize-winning political cartoonist. Over his remarkable 50-year career, Conrad has drawn and quartered eleven American presidents and fearlessly tackled every major social and political issue.

• April 23 - Cezanne in Provence Paul Cézanne is one of the most influential painters in the history of art. Filmed on location in Provence and Washington, this film explores the indelible link between Cézanne and his beloved home Art Programs — Fridays, thru May 27


Franklin High School students in Buddy Huckabee’s Drama I class performed live theatre for their first time last Thursday and Sunday. The students performed the play “The Idiot’s Guide to High School” and in the process gained an appreciation for the performing arts in education.

The production was staged at the FHS Fine Arts Center before an audience of more than 100. Only three of Huckabee’s 31 drama students had ever acted on a stage before, and even though the experience was a first for most of the students, they managed to give viewers a taste of what high school is like for youth nowadays.

“It shows some of what kids are actually thinking in high school,” said Huckabee. “They’re not really studying the literature that’s there. Their minds are always in other places.”


CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University theater students will present the unconventional “The Atrainplays, Vol. 2” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through Saturday, April 16, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Niggli Theatre.

The production consists of six short plays that were each crafted by a different playwright during a single round-trip on New York City’s “A” subway service, along with two additional miniature works that were written in a similar manner on the Staten Island Ferry.

The writers Timothy Braun, Debra Castellano, Gary Garrison, Michael Lazan, Stephen O’Rourke, Craig Pospisil, David Riedy and Erica Silberman pushed their creativity to the limit to complete this experimental challenge, with their stories involving a wide assortment of characters from a homeless woman to a monstrous squid, said D.V. Caitlyn, WCU associate professor of theater, who will direct.


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