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Auditions will be held Saturday, April 21, at noon, in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center, for home school and private school students wishing to perform in Showcase of Talent 2012. Participation is open to actors, dancers, gymnasts, instrumentalists, and vocalists in the third to 12th grades. Solo, duo, and ensemble acts are welcome. A piano and CD player will be provided. Students should arrive between noon and 1p.m., and will perform on a firstcome basis; there is no pre-registration. (Public school students are chosen through their schools.)


Jeff Foxworthy has teamed up with Compassion International, a Christianbased organization that advocates for children in more than 26 countries, to raise money for the children in Africa. Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country and he’ll take the stage at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Foxworthy is the largest selling comedyrecording artist in history. He has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, is a best-selling author of 11 books, a TV and radio host, and an actor. His comedy act explores the humor of everyday family interactions and human nature.


Licklog Players will present an enchanting production of “The Fantasticks”, directed by Chris Hendley. Performances will be held April 13-15 and April 20-22 at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, at the Creek Side Plaza in Hayesville.

The Licklog Players new venue, a 100- seat black box theatre with three quarter seating, provides an intimate setting for “The Fantasticks,” a classic coming-of– age story by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. “The Fantasticks” tells the love story of a young man and the girl next door, whose parents have built a wall to keep them apart.



Western Carolina University is celebrating the artwork of local students with the 2012 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 27, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

A reception will be held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the north hallway of the Bardo Arts Center. The reception will include an announcement of this year’s winners, which will be judged by WCU art education students along with Fine Art Museum staff. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event is free and the public is invited.


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