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Henderson County News

Hendersonville trio to sing national anthem before Cincinnati Reds game

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Matthew Rogers was an encyclopedia of names and statistics when it came to his beloved Cincinnati Reds.   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Steve Johnson | Matthew Rogers

Henderson County News

HCT announces honors for 2018 season

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Tags: theater | Hendersonville Little Theatre | performing arts | Hendersonville Community Theatre

Henderson County News

New stage company competes for patrons, performers

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Jimmy Ferraro’s first paid singing gig was in a Long Island nightclub, accompanied by his parents. He was 16.   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Center for Art & Inspiration

Henderson County News

New theater company moving into former Playhouse space downtown

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Tags: performing arts | Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown | Center for Art & Inspiration

Henderson County News

Hendersonville singer going 'straight to Hollywood' for American Idol

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Tags: performing arts | American Idol | Meghan Woods

Flat Rock Business

‘Mamma Mia!’ and magic parking at Playhouse

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On opening night of “Mamma Mia!” last month, I spotted Bill McKibbin striding toward the Lowndes house on the great flat rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts

Henderson County Life

Dance studio nominated for national award

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On the heels of their Walt Disney World Resort performances, staffers from Pat’s School of Dance will head to Hollywood, California for the 7th Annual Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show on Aug. 15.   Read Story »

Tags: Pat Shepherd | performing arts | Pats School of Dance | Pat School of Dance

Henderson County News

Hendersonville Chorale presents spring concert Sunday

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Henderson County News

WEEKEND: All-County chorus, roads scholar, chorale Christmas concert

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Fletcher Life

Canongate, HHS perform award-winning plays tonight

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Tags: Hendersonville High School | performing arts | Todd Weakley | Canongate High School

Henderson County News

Longtime Playhouse designer dies at age 60

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Bruce R. Bailey, a longtime set designer who managed theater productions at the Flat Rock Playhouse and in Southwest Florida for more than 30 years, died suddenly at his home in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday at age 60. Friends said the cause of death was heart failure.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | performing arts

Henderson County News

WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music, Dark Night Studio

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Here are the weekend events:   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Music on Main | performing arts | Weekend Tipoff

Henderson County Life

Mr. Weakley directs, HHS grads star in original play

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Hendersonville High School theater teacher Todd Weakley will direct the premiere of an original play that stars two of his former students.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Alumni Association | performing arts | Todd Weakley

Henderson County News

Acclaimed musicians kick off Songcatchers in forest

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PISGAH FOREST — Acclaimed musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth will open the annual Songcatchers Music Series Cradle of Forestry in America’s at 4 p.m. on Sunday.   Read Story »

Tags: bluegrass | performing arts | Pisgah National Forest

Henderson County News

HHS seniors set to perform 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

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Hendersonville High School’s class of 2015 continues a 93-year-old tradition when it performs the senior play Thursday through Saturday. The senior class added a Saturday matinee for the first time in decades.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS Hall of Fame | performing arts

Henderson County News

EHHS to perform 'The Fantasticks' this week

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East Henderson High School students will perform in the spring play, "The Fantasticks," Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.   Read Story »

Tags: East Henderson High School | performing arts

Henderson County News

Play festival highlights high school actors

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In its sixth year, the collaborative project of Henderson County Public Schools' four high schools is presenting a showcase of 30-minute plays at 6 p.m. Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hendersonville High School auditorium.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mountain balladeers to perform

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Two eighth-generation mountain ballad singers will be featured in the "Keeping the Fires Burning" series presented by the Center for Cultural Preservation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Patton Auditorium. Donna Ray Norton and Melanie Rice Penland, both from Sodom, Madison County, will perform and discuss the history of ballad music and how it evolved as it crossed the wide sea.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Southern Appalachian culture | Center for Cultural Preservation

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HMS to perform at NC music teachers' conference

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Longtime Hendersonville High School band director Fran Shelton stood outside the band room at Hendersonville Middle School before the morning bell on on a recent morning.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | Hendersonville Middle School | performing arts | Buddy Gudger

Hendersonville Life

Donation will buy risers for concert choir

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A Hendersonville donor has made a $6,000 contribution for the purchase of new risers for the Carolina Concert Choir, Judy Meinzer, president of the concert choir, announced on Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Carolina Concert Choir | Eleanor Meloun

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Turbulence works in 'Boeing Boeing'

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Carried skyward by a refreshing mix of familiar faces and newcomers, "Boeing Boeing" brightens the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown even as the Mainstage goes dark in the run-up to "Miss Saigon."     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Paige Posey | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: House cheers for 'My Fair Lady'

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Let's see here. The first note I jotted down says "DM made stage simple & deep & cloaked in purple haze." Fear not. That's no cultural reference.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | performing arts

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Vagabonds back in 'Vanya and Sonia'

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First things first. How do you pronounce the name of this play, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"?   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Paige Posey | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts

Hendersonville Life

Veteran drummer creates 'Spinterviews' of musical greats

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Rob Tolleson dates his start as a music journalist to age 10 when he was growing up in San Francisco in the Sixties.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Spinterviews | Rob Tolleson

Henderson County Life

High school actors to produce, perform in WHEN

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Theater students from Henderson County public high schools will perform in the annual WHEN Project at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the HHS auditorium.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS band rehearses for Carnegie Hall

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On a sunny Saturday afternoon, just over a hundred musicians are going over and over the pieces that they will perform in just over a month.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville High School | HHS band program | Fran Shelton | performing arts

Hendersonville Life

'O, Holy Night' portrays nativity story through music

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Flat Rock Playhouse presents the traditional holiday show O Holy Night Dec. 12-22 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.     Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | downtown Hendersonville | performing arts | Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

North Carolina Life

Top mountain flatpickers to perform

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Some of the top traditional musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains over three generations will perform Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. at the White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall in Black Mountain in a show that exhibits and teaches about "Guitar Styles of North Carolina."   Read Story »

Tags: performing arts | Blue Ridge Music Trails

Henderson County News

TOP BRASS: Two Falcons picked for Orange Bowl

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Two students at West Henderson High School will be marching in a nationally known arena in January.   Read Story »

Tags: West Henderson High School | performing arts | marching bands

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Musketeers' is sword-fighting fun

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In the fading light of fall, a swash-buckling adventure livens up the stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Barbara Bradshaw | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts | Lightning reviews | Ralph Redpath | Andrew Hampton Livingston

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 'Snow White' opens tonight

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Helen Byrd says people come to Hendersonville Elementary School's annual fall play expecting to see "a refrigerator box set and trash can costumes." Instead, they're stunned by the quality of the sound, lighting, costumes and most of all the actors on stage.   Read Story »

Tags: theater | Henderson County Public Schools | Hendersonville Elementary School | performing arts | Helen Byrd

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Race to the fee line to see 'Cats'

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Here is what I say about "Cats."   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | Lisa K. Bryant | performing arts | Jennifer Jancuska

Hendersonville Life

'Getting paid to eat ice cream,' fiddler finds his passion

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A classical violinist who played for the Seattle Symphony and other ensembles, Jamie Laval had a secret life.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | performing arts

Flat Rock Life

Viral video vaults vocalist to key singing role in 'Cats'

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Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, at 21 a two-year veteran of a national touring show, "The Rocky Horror Show" at Flat Rock Playhouse and New York club singing, owes her discovery to a YouTube video of her stunning performance in a high school play.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | performing arts

Hendersonville Life

HSO opener features famed Celtic fiddler

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The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Thomas Joiner, will present a concert entitled "A Celtic Celebration" on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Concert Hall at BRCC.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra | performing arts

Flat Rock Business

Summer musicals boost box office at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Placed on deathwatch by critics a year ago, the Flat Rock Playhouse emerged from its pivotal 10-week run of big-stage musicals with strong ticket sales and momentum for the last third of the season, theater officials said.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini | performing arts

Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Deathtrap' keeps audience guessing

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"Deathtrap" is tense from the start.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'CATS' will surround audience in downtown show

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Flat Rock Playhouse is preparing to surround the theater audience with the action in CATS, the long-running Broadway musical based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featuring a musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Playhouse Downtown | performing arts

North Carolina Life

Chimney Rock catching fire over Hunger Games sequel

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Ahead of the Nov. 22 release of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Chimney Rock State Park next month is showing the blockbuster first movie, The Hunger Games, on a 35-foot outdoor screen and offering other movie-themed activities.   Read Story »

Tags: DuPont State Forest | Chimney Rock State Park | performing arts | Hunger Games

Henderson County News

Memories of Robroy: Playhouse founder set a high standard

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The elaborate production of "Les Miserables" on the main stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse is a long way from the summer stock that Alan Sader remembers from 50 years ago.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | History | performing arts | Robroy Farquhar | Alan Sader

Hendersonville Life

Carolina Concert Choir names new director

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The Carolina Concert Choir has hired a longtime college choir director as conductor and artistic director.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Carolina Concert Choir

Flat Rock Life

YouTheatre kids taste the bigtime in 'Evita'

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YouTheatre kids from 8 to 18 are getting a taste of Broadway and contributing to the music and drama of Evita, the hit musical on stage through June 30 at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | theater | YouTheatre | Margaret Butler | performing arts | Louise Cummins | Luke Umphlett

Henderson County News

A Hart for the theater: Playhouse finance chief watches budget

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Hillary Hart was the rare high school student who knew her heart and her limitations at the same time.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | theater | tourism | Vincent Marini | Hillary Hart | performing arts

Flat Rock Business

'Evita' opens at Flat Rock Playhouse

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A Broadway actress who has recently performed in a national tour of "Wicked" plays Eva Peron in the Flat Rock Playhouse production of "Evita" now playing on the Mainstage in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | theater | performing arts

Hendersonville Business

Business group honors Shipman award winner

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At age 19 she produced and choreographed a show at the old Silver City Amusement Park in Chimney Rock.   Read Story »

Tags: Pat Shepherd | performing arts | Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association | Don Holder | Sandra Walker | Sher Shepherd

Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Hairspray' a joyous ride at HHS

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"Hairspray," on stage at Hendersonville High School through Saturday night, matches the highest standard in the rich annals of HHS senior plays.   Read Story »

Tags: theater | Hendersonville High School | Margaret Butler | performing arts

Henderson County News

SLIDESHOW: 'Hairspray' this weekend at HHS

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The Hendersonville High School Class of 2013 presents the musical comedy "Hairspray" this weekend in the traditional senior play.     Read Story »

Tags: theater | arts | Music | Hendersonville High School | performing arts