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As part of a Civil War Heritage Weekend, the city of Marietta is hosting Franklin’s own Overlook Theatre Company in a production of “The Civil War Musical” on June 20 and 21, at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

“We are thrilled to be invited by the Strand Theatre on the Square in downtown Marietta,” said show director, Scotty Corbin. “Plans began this past fall when organizers of the event contacted me asking if I knew of a theatrical presentation that could accompany the city’s celebration. Having performed ‘The Civil War Musical’ several years ago, I knew the songs and stories would be a perfect fit with the planned event, so Overlook’s creative team went to work creating an entirely new production specific to Marietta.”

Drawing from letters, diaries and firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, “The Civil War Musical” is a “thrilling, gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring dramatic theatrical concert that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult time out nation has ever endured,” according to Corbin.

“I love the music in this production,” said Kathi Graham, who sings in the production. “I love how the lyrics and melodies are able to give such a depth of emotion to the stories, situations and experience that people were going through during that time in history.”

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“Oklahoma!,” the first musical written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will soon envelope the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. An actor’s guild based in Atlanta, will present the musical under the direction of Broadway veteran, Robert Ray.

Six performances of this Broadway-scale production are scheduled; Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, and Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 29, and Friday, July 4, and Sunday, July 6, shows will begin at 4 p.m.

“Oklahoma!” tells the story of Curly McLain, a handsome, loveable, and bow-legged cowboy, and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. Curly must contend with an evil ranch hand and a travelling peddler for the heart of the woman he loves.

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The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a musical concert featuring Carolina Dusk on Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.

This program is free of charge.

The band Carolina Dusk is made up of Caroline Carr and Dusk Weaver. The band will play original songs from their two albums as well as a few covers.

Instruments featured include Peruvian cajon, African djembe, wazoogle (a type of horn), autoharp, acoustic guitar, and various diatonic harmonicas.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).

Native Cowee poet, Rose McLarney will read from her new book at the Rickman Store on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m.

McLarney has won acclaim for image-rich poems that explore her native southern Appalachia and those who love and live and lose in it. Her second collection broadens these investigations in poems that examine the shapeshifting quality of memory, as seen in folktales that have traveled across oceans and through centuries, and in how recollections are formed in people’s lives.

McLarney's second book, “Its Day Being Gone,” won the National Poetry Series award and has just been released by Penguin. Her first book, “The Always Broken Plates of Mountains,” is available from Four Way Books. McLarney earned her MFA from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers and has taught writing at the college. She is currently Assistant Poetry Professor at Oklahoma State University. This year, she received The Fellowship of Southern Writers' George Garrett New Writing Award for Poetry, her poems won Alligator Juniper’s 2011 National Poetry Prize, and in 2010 she was awarded the Joan Beebe Fellowship.

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