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Arts & Entertainment

Young people with an interest in the stage can explore the world of theater this summer during a weeklong camp hosted by Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The WCU Theatre Summer Camp is for children from 8 years (and who have completed the second grade) to 17 years old and is limited to 30 students. The camp will run from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus. An endof- camp Friday Showcase performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 20.

The camp will include games, improvisation, stage direction, basic directing, character work, discussion, tours and more.


Four members of the original cast of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, have reunited for a dynamic concert featuring top hits for the 1960s and ’70s. Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, David Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer call themselves The Midtown Men and promise a show bursting with talent and supercharged choreography. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome The Midtown Men at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Tickets start at $32.



The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild based in Franklin will host the North Carolina Quilting Symposium this year. The guild is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and members want to share the love of quilting with the area. The Symposium event, “Stars Over The Smokies,” takes place June 7-10, on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee. Activities include a quilt show with more than 340 quilts, classes, lectures, vendors, a craft boutique stocked with member items, and a small quilt silent auction. Several guilds will be on the grounds to sell raffle tickets for opportunity quilts. The quilt show, boutique and vendors will be in the Hinds University Center. Other activities take place in different classroom buildings. Directional signs will be posted.


Vinyl Brothers Big Band promises to fill the air with classic rock and soulful hits when it takes the stage Friday, June 1, for the Concerts on the Creek series.

The Asheville-based ensemble of 10 friends has a fondness for the hits of their younger days - a time when vinyl records were still king. And the band sets itself apart with an impressive five-member brass section.

Sylva native and trumpet player Tim Gillespie says the group performs songs people are used to hearing, but it's probably been a while since they've heard them backed by horns.


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