With the 2012 entertainment season winding down at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, the center held an open house last Thursday to give the public its first taste of the exciting things coming to Franklin next year.
Folks lined up outside of the performing arts center, waiting for a chance to be first in line to select their season tickets seats for 2013. Greeted by theater manager Scotty Corbin and a smorgasbord of delicious treats from local restaurants such as Rosebud Cottage, The Boiler Room Steakhouse. Fatz and Main Street Coffee and Tea, guests were given behind the scenes tours of the theatre and a sneak peak into what is expected in 2013.
“We wanted to invite folks in the community to come see the theatre in a less formal setting than during a concert or show where they could experience backstage and what goes into the everyday running and weekly preparations of the theatre,” said Corbin. “We also wanted to give a sneak peak of some of the coming shows and events for 2013 as well as say thanks for your support for the past few years and the future.”
According to Corbin, the performing arts center invited local restaurants to cater the event to give patrons a chance to try out other locally owned businesses. “We do believe that what each of us do in the business community reflects on the other businesses around the Franklin area,” said Corbin. “The event and the theatre itself is a very cooperative effort, be it performers coming together to create a show or hotels providing lodging for guests or restaurants serving our ticket buyers before the showthe theatre experience is a community experience.”
With a variety of shows already planned for next year ranging from comedians, country music legends and newcomers, and great family friendly plays from the Overlook Theatre Company, 2013 is stacking up to be one of the best years yet. “We have a great line up of plays and musicals, plus our season opener, comedian Tim Hawkins,” said Corbin. “We have up and coming music stars Easton Corbin and Edens Edge as well as established performers such as Vince Gill. We also have some events catered to specific decades of music including Lovin’ Spoonful from the ’70s, The Platters from the ’60s and Air Supply from the ’80s as well as shows especially for our younger audiences including Angelina Ballerina Live and so many more. We are just beginning to scratch the surface on announcing who and what will be coming in the months of 2013 and it will be the biggest year yet full of variety.”
Folks were lined out the box office doors to get their season tickets, which are still available at the performing arts center's box office. During the open house guests were also treated to special performances by the cast of one of the Overlook Theatre's most loved plays, “Smoke on the Mountain.”
“We are very pleased with the support we get from the community and surrounding areas,” said Corbin. “The staff at the theatre and the volunteers work extra hard to make sure every experience is top notch. In 2013 our whole season is about gathering a group of friends or your family and taking a couple of hours in the theatre to enjoy your time together and celebrate those moments and memories.”