Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

1) True West Presented by Wilkes Playmakers Continues Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

True West is a tale of two estranged brothers.  Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter, is house sitting for his mother in the desert when his older brother, Lee, pays a visit. A vagabond and petty thief, Lee has been absent for five years now, sleeping in the desert and living off the land.  How will this reunion go?  Add   a Hollywood agent and their mother’s arrival into the mix and things get interesting.

Wilkes Playmakers production of Sam Shepard’s iconic play continues with performances on October 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm and a final matinee performance at 2:00 pm on November 1.  Please note that there is no Saturday performance this weekend.  Also, the Wednesday night performance on 10/28 will be our Pay What You Can Night show ( $2 minimum).  Ticket prices range $5 – $10 for other performances.   Tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to each performance or in advance online  All performances are at Benton Hall, 300 D Street, North Wilkesboro, NC.

Audience members from the past weekend have commented upon the powerful performances, noting that this show is truly “an actor’s show” with intriguing character and plot developments.  Cast includes Nat Padgett, Travis Collins, Jared C. Shumate and Kathy Moffett. The play is directed by Wes Martin and Krissey Browder.   This show is intended for mature audiences.

Further information about this show as well as upcoming productions, and other opportunities to support Wilkes Playmakers in providing community theatre at Benton Hall are  available online at www.wilkesplaymakers.comLike our Wilkes Playmakers Facebook page for event information also!  For questions, please email [email protected].

2) Association of Social Workers to Meet at Watauga Library on Nov. 23 with Dr. Emily Dakin, Dr. Rachel Wright

Please join the Local Program Unit of the National Association of Social Workers at the Watauga County Public Library in Boone, NC on November 23rd at 12;30 for light refreshments and networking and a presentation from 1-2. Dr Emily Dakin and Dr. Rachel Wright will present on”Sex and Social Work, Social Workers Responsibility to Promote Reproductive Justice.” CE’s available to members and those not seeking CEs for free. For others seeking CEs, 15$ fee applicable. Please email me if you have any questions. Please note there will not be a meeting in December and the meeting in January will be combined with Field orientation at ASU on 1/11.  Please note this is a different date and time than our usual monthly meeting. More details to follow.

3) Baha’i Devotional Meeting Set for Sunday, Nov. 1

There will be a Baha’i devotional meeting at 11am on Sunday 1 November in Stony Fork.   The theme of the meeting will be “The Foundations of Religion are One”.   The Baha’i teachings are about unity and the removal of prejudice.   All are welcome.   For more information and directions call 268 2191.

4) Caregiver Foundation Offers Day Break Group Respite Care on Tuesdays and Fridays

The High Country Caregiver Foundation is proud to offer Day Break, a group respite care program for caregivers and their care recipient.  This program is specifically designed for individuals with memory loss, forgetfulness or early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Day Break is offered every Tuesday from 1-5pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship and every Friday from 9am-2pm at Boone United Methodist Church.  There is $20 fee but scholarships are available.  Contact Brenda Reece with additional questions at 828-265-5434 ext. 128.

5) Steely Pan Band to Perform on Friday at the Schaefer Center

It’s time for a calypso break with the Steely Pan Steel Band. The ensemble will perform Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

The band is directed by Byron Hedgepeth, an instructor in the Hayes School of Music.

The concert ranges from music written specifically for steel drums to arrangements of pop compositions.

The program includes “Marianne,” “Sabre Dance,” “Jump in the Line,” “Tamboo Bamboo to Steel,” “Rubber Band Man,” “Cha Cha Sandwich” and “Under the Sea.”

6) ASU Theatre and Dance to Present “English Without Effort” Nov. 6-10

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents a double-bill of plays titled “English Without Effort” in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus Nov. 6-10. These laugh-out-loud comedies will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 7, 9 and 10 with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 7 and 8.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  For more information, contact the Valborg Theatre box office at 828-262-3063, call the Schaefer Center box office toll-free at 800-841-ARTS (2787), or visit the website at

“English Without Effort” combines two classic Eugene Ionesco plays, “The Bald Soprano” and “Jack, or the Submission.” According to Director Derek Gagnier, Ionesco may have lived in the 20th century, but his writings relate to the Millennial generation. “The deeper meaning that is underneath the silly dialogue exposes great faults that plague our society,” said Gagnier, a theatre professor and coordinator of Appalachian’s Theatre Arts (BA) – Performance major.

“These outrageous comedies take a look at the lack in communication and the exploration into humanity,” Gagnier said. Ionesco once said, “Human nature is about asking questions,” and Gagnier said he believes that “‘English Without Effort’ is an attempt to see some of his questions staged.”

One of the distinctive aspects of this production is the casting, with six actors in “The Bald Soprano” joining an additional three performers in “Jack, or the Submission.” This cast includes a range of characters portrayed and artists involved, from first-semester freshmen to graduating seniors. Among the group of veteran student performers are seniors Sarah Duttlinger, Nick Newman, Jesslyn Wilson and Aaron Scotch, all of whom appear in both plays. Also notable is the use of a student designer, with senior David Sabbagh creating an original sound design to enhance the production.

 Gagnier explained that the two plays are independent of each other in terms of the scripts, but they are skillfully tied together in aesthetic quality. Both pieces emphasize audience involvement. Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” could easily be described as a classic dinner party gone wrong, but the imaginative nuances incorporated makes it so much more. In a similar notion, “Jack, or the Submission” is a basic teenaged boy-meets-girl storyline with a twist; their parents arranged their marriage.

Audiences will also find themselves immersed in a dynamic and explorative world with ties to iconic 1980s video game characters. According to Gagnier, “This production will feel similar to a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch comedy where the underlying motif is, ‘Hijinks ensue!’”

About the Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educational opportunities including B.A. degrees in dance studies and theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.

7) ASU to Test Campus-Wide Siren on Nov. 4

Appalachian State University will test its campus-wide siren warning system Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 11:55 a.m.

The campus drill also will include a recorded message indicating the beginning and end of the test.

To hear the tones that would be used during an emergency on campus, visit Also, in the event of an actual emergency, official university information will be posted at

8) Christmas Expo at Greenway Baptist Set for Nov. 21

Christmas Expo @ Greenway Baptist Gymnasium

Friday, Nov. 20th 3-7pm and Saturday, Nov. 21st 8am-2pm

This is YOUR ONE STOP SHOP! Over 30 vendors to help with your Holiday shopping needs. All proceeds benefit Greenway Baptist Child Development Center.

Admission: Canned food item for Greenway Baptist Food Pantry

Come enjoy shopping, food, raffles, gift baskets, holiday pictures and a whole lot of fun!

Questions? Contact Celeste at [email protected].



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