Photo by John Koval: Jeremy Whitener (left) is Miss Trunchbull and Taralee Fairclough is Miss Honey in Roald Dahl’s 'Matilda the Musical,' on stage Oct. 4-27 at the Hickory Community Theatre.

HICKORY — Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” is set to open Friday, Oct. 4 at the Hickory Community Theatre (HCT)

The life of young Matilda is profoundly impacted by two of her teachers: Miss Honey, who is kind and encouraging, and Miss Trunchbull, the meanest teacher in the world. The Hickory production features two local actors, Taralee Fairclough as Miss Honey and Jeremy Whitener as Miss Trunchbull.

Although Fairclough is a newcomer to the HCT stage, she has a wealth of theatrical experience with 21 shows to her credit. This includes five professional roles, such as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” Lily St. Regis in “Annie,” Peter Pan in “Peter Pan,” Oliver in “Oliver!,” and Mayzie LaBird in “Suessical the Musical.” All of these were at the Off Square Theatre in her hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Whitener is a familiar face with HCT audiences. His first role was in the ensemble of” Les Misérables,” and he went on to play Donkey in “Shrek” and The Extra in “Junk.” He also has extensive credits at the Green Room, including Adolfo in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Bernardo in “West Side Story” and Ensemble/General Cartwright in “Guys & Dolls.” 

Performances of “Matilda the Musical” are Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 4, 5, 18, 19, 25 & 26) at 8 p.m., Sundays (Oct. 6, 20 & 27) at 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays  (Oct. 17 & 24) at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $16 for all adults and $10 for students and youth 18 & under.Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit www.hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information.

Open house event scheduled at Ironwood Estate Orchids

HICKORY — The public is invited to Ironwood Estate Orchids for an open house and sale event at the Greenhouse now through Sunday, Sept. 22.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

Ironwood Estate Orchids is owned and operated by Dale and Phyllis Erikson, who have over 30 years of experience growing and caring for orchids.  

Plants, pots and orchid supplies will be for sale. The Erikson's will be on site and available to answer questions on the care of orchids. During this event, purchase $50 or more and receive 10% off the entire purchase (some exclusions apply).

The greenhouse is located at 3757 Sandy Ford Road in Hickory. For further information, call 828-294-3950, email info@ironwoodorchids.com or visit www.ironwoodorchids.com

New exhibit featured at Earl Scruggs Center

SHELBY — The Earl Scruggs Center has announced ‘Carolina Calling: The Photography of Daniel Coston,’ a new exhibit showcasing North Carolina musicians. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 31.

The exhibit displays photographs and moments documented by renowned music photographer Daniel Coston throughout his career. Each photograph is accompanied by a description and story about the moment, written by Coston. 

Visitors will have an opportunity to see iconic images of artists such as Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mandolin Orange, Anthony Hamilton, Link Wray and more.

The Earl Scruggs Center will celebrate the opening of the exhibition by offering special events on Saturday, Sept. 21. Come Hear NC will host a discussion panel about the musical heritage and future of the North Carolina music scene at 1 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with Daniel Coston and other panelists. 

Later in the evening, the Earl Scruggs Center will host a Carolina Calling VIP reception featuring remarks from Daniel Coston, Come Hear NC and a special presentation by David Holt’s State of Music.

Earl Scruggs Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays until 6 p.m. 

Second part of Titanic presentation to be held at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library

HICKORY — Join Dr. Melinda Ratchford on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. for the second part of her popular Titanic presentation at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. She will use multimedia and memorabilia to tell the stories of some of the passengers who lost their lives as the Titanic sank on April 14, 1912.

Ratchford is a North Carolina native with a background in the North Carolina Public School system, and is a retired Associate Professor of Belmont Abbey College. She has studied R.M.S. Titanic for many years. Her travels have taken her to places associated with the legendary ship, including the site in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank.

Registration is not required for the ‘Titanic: The Halifax Dead Speak’ presentation. For more information, call 828-304-0500. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Third Street NE on the SALT Block. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Hiddenite Emerging Artist Wall to feature Alexander County native

HIDDENITE — During the months of September and October, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space features the work of Elizabeth Renee Ferry. The exhibit is on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

A native of Alexander County and a former student of Joe Cornwell at Alexander Central High School, Ferry went on to graduate from Newton-Conover High School earlier this year. She is currently a student at Appalachian State University majoring in Graphic Design. 

Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call 828-632-6966, email info@hiddenitearts.org or visit www.hiddenitearts.org

Performing Artist Concert Series returns to Caldwell Community College

LENOIR — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s (CCC&TI) Associate in Fine Arts-Music Program will once again host the Performing Artist Concert Series this fall.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m., CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will present “An Appalachian Murder Ballad Revue,” in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100). Either passed on through oral tradition or accompanied by fiddle, banjo, guitar or mandolin, these tunes reflect not only the difficulty of the time in history but the complications of finding love.

On Monday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host The Warren Wilson College Bluegrass and Old Time Ensembles groups. The groups are comprised of student musicians from Warren Wilson College in Asheville.

On Monday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. in the Caldwell Campus Learning Resource Center, CCC&TI’s  Hudson Campus will host a Holiday Sing Along. The event will include cookies, hot cocoa and the opportunity to sing along with the chorus on favorite holiday songs from the songbook of American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. 

The formal CCC&TI Chorus concert presentation of “An Irving Berlin Christmas” will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100) on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson.  

On Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., the CCC&TI Chorus will present “An Irving Berlin Christmas” at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, located at 547 Sixth Street NW.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on CCC&TI’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Programs or these events, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or email jbutler@cccti.edu.

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