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Arts & Entertainment

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.


CULLOWHEE – The annual Jazz Festival at Western Carolina University will take place Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, on the WCU campus.

This year’s evening performances, at 7:30 p.m. in the in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, feature legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson and the Libor Smoldas Quartet, the first European band to play the festival. On April 8, Watson will play with the WCU Jazz Ensemble and then the Pavel Wlosok Trio. On April 9, Watson will take the stage with the Steve Wohlrab Trio and then with the Libor Smoldas Quartet. Concert tickets cost $5 for each night.


This year’s Franklin Folk Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever, say organizers, as the event has gained support from the Tourism Development Authority, the Franklin Main Street Program and the Tourism Development Commission (TDC). The July 16 event will be held on Macon County Heritage Day, and will celebrate the rich cultural history of the Appalachian Mountains.

Organizers said that the bulk of the festival’s budget is spent on advertising, through print, radio, and signage. Last year, the combined amount spent on advertising the event was $7,192 of $11,701 – 62 percent of their total expenses for the festival. Ads are put in surrounding city publications within a threehour radius. Regional radio ads run several weeks prior to the event in WNC and the North Georgia/Metro Atlanta area.


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