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Arts & Entertainment

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.


Taylor Mason, a world-class ventriloquist and talented musician, will entertain audiences of all ages at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 26. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $12 each.

Mason was introduced to show business at a very early age by his radio broadcaster father. After a knee injury in college that left him in a ankle to hip cast, he began performing for college functions as a DJ and then as a comedian. During this time, Mason re-discovered a ventriloquist puppet given to him for a 10th-birthday gift by his parents. Honing his skill as a ventriloquist, he combined the puppet, stand-up comedy and music into a sort of one-man variety show.


The one act play, “The Bright Forever,” featuring Shirley Williams, will be performed at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church on Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. The play, written by North Carolina playwright Gary Carden, portrays the life of Fanny Crosby.

Crosby, who was blind from early childhood, authored more than 8,000 Christian hymns. Her hymns include such favorites as “Blessed Assurance,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “To God Be the Glory,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.”


Toccatatones, the premier male a capella group from High Point University in High Point, N.C., will perform Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rearden Theater, courtesy of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Arts Department. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 2000, Toccatatones sings a wide variety of music. Recent performances have included One Republic’s “Apologize,” Casting Crown’s “The Voice of Truth,” and John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.”

To learn more about this talented group of young men, visit

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