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  • Les Misérables: The Musical Phenomenon

    Les Misérables: The Musical Phenomenon

    “Les Misérables” has always and forever will be one of Broadway’s dearest and most beloved musicals of all time. Audiences around the globe have fallen in love with this iconic work, based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name. “Les Misérables” includes three of the most recognizable songs of musical theater repertoire: “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home.

  • A memorable night with Mat Kearney

    A memorable night with Mat Kearney

    It seems as if a concert was the perfect way to end the first, stressful day of the spring semester for students. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, Catamounts began to congregate at the University Center– anxiously awaiting permission to enter the grand room and prepare themselves for the festivities that were to be provided by the rock/folk/indie sensation.

  • Audience dies laughing during ‘Zombies on Campus!’

    Audience dies laughing during ‘Zombies on Campus!’

    The world premiere of “Zombies on Campus! A Slaughterpocalypse!,” a comedic play written and directed by Western Carolina University professor D.V. Caitlyn, definitely met its description as a “comedy to die for.” The 90-minute performance’s opening night was performed by the WCU School of Stage and Screen at the John W.

  • Stage and Screen brings Caitlyn’s “Zombies” to life

    Stage and Screen brings Caitlyn’s “Zombies” to life

    Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen is bringing a D.V. Caitlyn original play, “Zombies on Campus: A Slaughterpocalypse!” to life for the first time on Nov. 13. While planning out the Stage and Screen 2013 – 2014 play schedule, and hoping to do something zombie-related, Caitlyn realized that there was very little that would work for the parameters of the second play of the year.

  • ‘Avenue Q:’ Purpose and where I can find it

    ‘Avenue Q:’ Purpose and where I can find it

    What do you do when you are 22, have a Bachelor of Arts in English and are unsure of what your purpose is in life? “Avenue Q” explores all of those topics and more in their production at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Avenue Q was first performed in 2003 and received many awards and recognition for is production.

  • ‘Belcher and Friends’ show off this year’s season

    ‘Belcher and Friends’ show off this year’s season

    Chancellor David O. Belcher, his wife Susan Belcher and many other noteworthy Western Carolina University performers put together a collection of stunning performances on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to benefit the WCU Friends of the Arts. Other performers included Tony nominee Terrence Mann, Terry Welch, Delanté Randolph, William Martin, the WCU Faculty/Student Orchestra and a group of students from the WCU Musical Theatre program.

  • Cross the bridge to ‘Brigadoon’

    Cross the bridge to ‘Brigadoon’

    Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s (HART) latest production opened on Friday, July 12, to a large crowd of eager audience members. “Brigadoon,” the musical made popular by the film of the same name starring Gene Kelly, is a spectacular summer whirlwind filled with dance, romance and kilts! “Brigadoon” tells the story of two lost hikers who have escaped their busy lives in New York City for a little downtime.

  • “Side by Side” sings a tribute to Sondheim

    “Side by Side” sings a tribute to Sondheim

    Haywood Arts Regional Theatre has done it again! “Side by Side by Sondheim” is an enjoyable show full of witty banter, outstanding talent and beautiful music that showcase the esteemed Broadway musician and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. The small cast of six, singing to only a piano played by musical director and Western Carolina University professor Dr.

  • Mountain Summertime Arts and Crafts Show sure to please

    Mountain Summertime Arts and Crafts Show sure to please

    The Mountain Summertime Arts and Crafts Show will return to Western Carolina University to celebrate its 24th year. Students, professors, local artists of every stripe and community members alike will be congregating in the Ramsey Center from June 29-30, where they will have the chance to interact with both local and not-so-local mountain artists.

  • “Pirates” splashes with success at the BAC

    Smoky Mountain High School’s Musical Theatre Department performed the classic musical “The Pirates of Penzance”by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert on May 17 – 19 in Western Carolina University's John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.   The show is about a boy named Frederic, played by Galen Martin, who is accidentally made to be an indentured servant to a band of pirates, all of whom are hiding the fact that they are noblemen.

  • “Now You See Me,” though you shouldn’t

    “Now You See Me,” though you shouldn’t

    “Now You See Me” represents a scenario that we have all seen far too often in Hollywood. I can picture someone coming up with an interesting idea, putting time and effort into writing a script with an intelligent plot twist and a beautiful bit of world building.

  • WCU dancers pay tribute to the "Rockettes" in NYC

    WCU dancers pay tribute to the “Rockettes” in NYC

    Over Spring Break, a group of Western Carolina University singers and dancers traveled to New York City to perform “A Salute to Rockette History.” The group consisted of Rockette Alumnae, the Western Carolina University Dancers, the Western Carolina University Singers and The Ziegeld Singers.

  • “Drowsy Chaperone” left no one asleep, a farewell to MT seniors

    “Drowsy Chaperone” left no one asleep, a farewell to MT seniors

    The WCU School of Stage and Screen’s Musical Theater program presented “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the John W. Bardo Arts Center Theatre on April 11 through 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 3 p.m. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is touted as a “musical within a comedy”, and it definitely lived up to its tagline.

  • “Tarzan of the Apes” joins radio and live action in the jungle

    “Tarzan of the Apes” joins radio and live action in the jungle

    “Tarzan of the Apes,” performed on Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., was presented in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The show was performed through broadcasts on the radio, in front of a live audience. Through this unfamiliar and unique form of entertainment, the audience experienced the classic tale of Tarzan.

  • Winter Choral Concert, Gjeilo leave audience wanting more

    Winter Choral Concert, Gjeilo leave audience wanting more

    The Western Carolina University School of Music presented their Winter Choral Concert on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The University Chorus, Concert Choir, Catamount Singers and Electric Soul groups performed over two hours.

  • Inflame: the meeting of flamenco and Indian music

    Inflame: the meeting of flamenco and Indian music

    On Tuesday, March 12, Western Carolina University hosted the amazing Inflame group. The band, comprised of four members, creates a lovely infusion of flamenco music and Indian music. The band includes various instruments indicative of the culture they are from.

  • “Rashomon” tells tall tales with stunning choreography

    “Rashomon” tells tall tales with stunning choreography

    The Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen presented “Rashomon” at 7:30 p.m. every night between Feb. 20 and 23 in Hoey Auditorium. Under the direction of D.V. Caitlyn, Thursday night’s performance was a post-apocalyptic thrill for the entire 90-minute show.