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THEATRE 2018 Summer Theatre:

Local Companies Plan Ambitious Line-ups By Keith Martin

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Pianist Misha Dichter performing with the Eastern Festival Orchestra

Cultural tourism is a growing trend for visitors to our region during the spring and summer months as local residents join our seasonal guests to experience hundreds of performing arts events. To assist you with your vacation plans, or “staycation” cultural activities, here is an overview of three local companies with additional contact information for tickets and other details. Enjoy! 18 — Spring 2018 CAROLINA MOUNTAIN LIFE

elebrating its 34th season, AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL is known for presenting a whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts programming that rivals venues in our nation’s large metropolitan areas at a fraction of their ticket prices. Presented by Appalachian State University during July and early August, the festival is nationally-celebrated for the breadth and artistry of its world-class performance and exhibition programs, presented against the magnificent backdrop of North Carolina’s High Country. The festival’s classical music programming will feature perennial favorites such as the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, the Eastern Festival Orchestra (with guest pianist Misha Dichter), and the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists, as well as a concert showcasing the talents of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music faculty. The nation’s finest dance companies frequently appear on the festival’s roster, and this season is no exception, with performances by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, performing its critically acclaimed tribute to David Bowie, Stardust, set to music by the iconic rock star. The festival’s popular music artists are currently being booked, and will be announced shortly. The North Carolina Black Repertory Company returns to the festival this summer with its production of The Legend of Buster Neal, which tells the story of four generations of African American men and the challenges faced by each generation. Award-winning international film programming is one

of the festival’s popular components, and will continue with the Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series, as well as a global film series for young people. Visual arts programming, a cornerstone of festival programming, will consist of several new exhibitions at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, including an international show featuring artwork from Australia and New Zealand, as well as the national, juried Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, now in its 32nd year. Educational activities, including workshops, a lunchtime lecture series, and the university’s annual Energy Summit round out the festival’s eclectic programming menu. The complete schedule of events will be announced in April with details available on the festival’s website www.appsummer.org or by calling (800) 841-ARTS (2787). ENSEMBLE STAGE celebrates their second season in their new home at the Historic Banner Elk School with a summer slate of five productions, beginning with the suspense thriller Deadly Murder from June 8 - 16. The protagonist in David Foley’s play is an attractive, successful jewelry designer who has fought her way up from humble beginnings to a glittering Manhattan lifestyle and has a penchant for attractive young men. It is followed from June 29 - July 6 by Red, White and Tuna, the sequel to Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard’s megahit Greater Tuna. This side-splitting spoof of life in rural America takes the audience through a satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens

Carolinamountainlife spring2018  

A Regional magazine featuring the heart and should of North Carolina's High Country (and neighboring counties) ... "A wonderful read for 21...

Carolinamountainlife spring2018  

A Regional magazine featuring the heart and should of North Carolina's High Country (and neighboring counties) ... "A wonderful read for 21...