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Mark Wills
Concert Mark Wills Franklin NCDate: February 28, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $28 - Buy Tickets

The story of Mark Wills makes it clear he's an award-winning singer's singer. His matchless phrasing, passionate and meaningful delivery and right-on-the money vocals make each and every song he performs come alive. Mark Wills is a multi-platinum selling country music star with eight top 10 hits to his name including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here" and "Don't Laugh At Me;" all of which received nominations for Single, Song and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association. Wills won the Academy of Country Music 's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year and was the second most-played song of the decade in 2009. When asked about his musical legacy, Mark's answer is simple, I just want to be remembered as a great singer - who sang great songs - and used his talents to not only speak to people but was the voice for many."

Movie: Focus on the Family presents The Drop Box
Movie Movie Focus on the Family presents The Drop Box Franklin NCDate: March 3, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: Free Admission - Donations Accepted

You're invited to experience the heroic story of Pastor Lee. Join Focus on the Family for a private screening of The Drop Box on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At this exclusive event, you will be one of the first to see this truly inspiring film. Please register for this event at Franklin Drop Box Registration. Bring a friend and your pastor or ministry leaders to this special event!

The Drop Box is a documentary feature that tells the powerful story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his wife as they welcome in children with physical, emotional and mental challenges - children that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. It's a life-changing film about the dignity of all human life - and the man who is giving his all to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Visit for more information.

Mark Lowry and The Martins
Concert Mark Lowry and The Martins Franklin NCDate: March 6, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $30 - Buy Tickets

It's been talked about for years and is now finally coming to pass. Gospel music legends Mark Lowry and The Martins will hit the road together with their Music & Madness tour. The history between Mark and sibling trio Joyce, Jonathan and Judy Martin spans more than two decades and can be traced back to a cassette tape The Martins gave him at a national convention in 1992. Mark and fellow Gaither Vocal Band-mate Michael English were so impressed, they insisted Gloria Gaither listen to an impromptu audition of the group. Gloria then told husband Bill and the rest is history as the Gaithers helped introduce The Martins to the world.

Wade Hayes
Concert Wade Hayes Franklin NCDate: March 7, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15 - Buy Tickets

Wade Hayes' music is all about honoring the traditional music that he loves and grew up on, while building a solid reputation as a one-of-a-kind performer. Beginning with his signature #1 song Old Enough to Know Better he's cut a path through the country music landscape with top tunes I'm Still Dancin' With You, What I Meant to Say, Don't Stop, The Day That She Left Tulsa, and others. He was named Billboard Magazine's Top New Country Artist in 1995, and in 1997 was chosen the Male Star of Tomorrow by TNN Music City News. Franklin High School's Future Business Leaders of America would like for you to join us in the fight against colon cancer. Please help us break the silence about this silent killer and promote awareness that early screening and detection are key. Join us for an evening of entertainment from Nashville Recording Artist and Stage IV colon cancer survivor, Wade Hayes.

Natural Bodybuilding & Physique Federation Competition
Special Event Natural Bodybuilding Physique Federation Competition Franklin NCDate: March 14, 2015
Show Time: 5:00pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

Natural Bodybuilding Physique Federation (NBPF) will be holding their first annual swimsuit, figure, and bodybuilding championships in the great smoky mountains. NBPF is an all natural Christian organization that believes the human body is the holy temple. NBPF will be hosting a wide variety of competitive classes that will vary from weight, height, and age. Each competitor will be administered a drug test approved by the NBPF. A professional and experienced judges panel will exercise their expertise in comparisons among competitors in the morning event. Evening finals will be a show the south is sure to remember with group comparison and single performances. Placement and overall winners will be awarded with prizes and limited sponsorship.

Joe Diffie
Concert Joe Diffie Franklin NCDate: March 21, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25, $28 - Buy Tickets

With chart-toppers like Pickup Man, Third Rock From the Sun, and John Deere Green, and 13 albums and over 20 Top 10 singles to his credit, Joe Diffie has yet to quench the desire to make good country music. A renowned songwriter in his own right who recently turned his focus back to writing after years on the road, Joe has written hits for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, Jo Dee Messina and many more. Whether it's writing, touring or recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album Homecoming, and his recent Roots And Boots acoustic tour with fellow hitmakers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin, Diffie confirms he's having the time of his life: I'm having so much fun with it all. I can't wait to see what the future brings! And neither can country music fans all over the world.

Disney's Aristocats Kids - A Puuuurfectly Fantastical Musical
Musical Disneys Aristocats Kids A Puuuurfectly Fantastical Musical Franklin NCDates: March 27-28, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 - Buy Tickets

What's a cat to do? In Disney's The Aristocats, Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure, based on the Disney film, is sure to get audiences tapping their feet to its upbeat, jazzy score that includes the Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat."

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Event Sponsors:
Friends of the Macon County Public Library
The Macon County Public Library

Jeff & Sheri Easter
Concert Jeff Sheri Easter Franklin NCDate: April 3, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $18 - Buy Tickets

For Jeff and Sheri, gospel music is genetically programmed into their DNA. As members of acclaimed musical families-Jeff's father is one of the Easter Brothers and Sheri's mother is a member of The Lewis Family-they grew up surrounded by the sound of people praising God through their musical gifts. Jeff & Sheri have been honored by multiple industry award nominations and have won many, including six Dove Awards. Apart from their frequent appearances on the Gaither Homecoming tour and videos, Jeff & Sheri have a fairly heavy touring schedule of their own. "When we perform, we want people to leave a little different than when they came in," Sheri explains. "We want them to have a great time smiling, laughing, crying and healing. We want them to know God loves them and that He is in control."

Introduction to Puppetry: Design, Construction & Manipulation
Special Event Introduction to Puppetry Design Construction Manipulation Franklin NCDate: April 15, 2015
Show Time: 4:00pm
Ticket Prices: $35 Registration Fee - Sold at box office

Learn the age-old craft of foam puppet building and manipulation from start to finish. Each student will design and fabricate their own puppet based upon a specific style and personality. Lost of fun for kids and adults. For ages 9 and above.

Class Schedule:
April 15: Design & Character Concept
April 22: Form Fabrication & Patterns
April 29: Personality Traits & Outward Construction
May 6: Finishing Touches & Basic Puppet Manipulation

Movie: Life Changes Everything
Movie Movie Life Changes Everything Franklin NCDate: April 24, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: Free Admission - Donations Accepted

Inspired by true event...Life Changes Everything begins outside an abortion clinic in 1978. Madeline Ryan is 19 years old, tender-eyed, confused and about 12 weeks pregnant. Her boyfriend, Eric, 23, is a career-minded student on his way to graduate school. They talk together in the clinic as they wait to be seen. Madeline is hesitant, but Eric is determined to get this done today. In the midst of conversation, Eric makes the statement, "Having a baby will change everything!". A doctor enters and asks Madeline if she is ready...if she really wants to go through with this. The room is silent. All we a HEARTBEAT.

Free admission- donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center.

Don Williams
Concert Don Williams Franklin NCDate: April 25, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $35, $45, $55 - Buy Tickets

If anyone ever needed proof that music is an international language, then they need to look no further than Don Williams. With fans all over the world, Williams draws listeners into the intimate world of an old friend. Mostly based on experience, the music of Don William's is the best blend of emotions the heart could ask for, including, "Good Ole Boys Like Me," "Amanda," and "Tulsa Time."

West Side Story presented by Asheville Lyric Opera
Musical West Side Story presented by Asheville Lyric Opera Franklin NCDate: May 1, 2015
Show Time: 7:00pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25 - Buy Tickets

Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, a story of hidden romance and tragedy, tensions rise in this classic American musical. This most loved show is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's Manhattan. We join rival gangs the American "Jets" and the Puerto Rican "Sharks" who are battling for control of the historic New York City community (Upper West Side). In the midst of the gang tensions and neighborhood prejudices blooms the romance of Tony, a former Jets member and Maria, the younger sister of Bernardo, founder of the Sharks. West Side Story tells a relevant story of the consequences of ethnic violence and romance on the streets of our greatest city. The Asheville Lyric Opera is thrilled to showcase Bernstein's famous 1957 Broadway classic to the stage of Western North Carolina where audiences will be treated to classic hits including "Tonight," "America," "One Hand, One Heart," "Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty."

Taste of Home Cooking School
Special Event Taste of Home Cooking School Franklin NCDate: May 2, 2015
Show Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15 - Buy Tickets

The Taste of Home Cooking School is America's leading cooking school program and inspires more than 300,000 passionate consumers each year at 300 events across the country. At a Taste of Home Cooking School show, you'll experience a 2-hour demonstration of exciting recipes, cooking tips and innovative products. The Culinary Specialists will show step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes to enjoy at home or while entertaining. Additionally, everyone will receive a gift bag full of recipes, coupons and sample products.

Laura Story
Concert Laura Story Franklin NCDate: May 8, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - Buy Tickets

Laura Story wrote the No. 1 worship hit "Indescribable" which was recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin. Soon after, she signed an artist deal with the INO Records and her 2008 national debut won a Dove Award for Inspirational Album and earned Laura two consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year while suffering through personal hardships. "Life is filled with things you don't expect, but the Bible tells us to respond by trusting God and continuing to worship Him. This is how faith works, and God has proven to be faithful." Singing and teaching in churches across the United States, Western Europe, and South America, Laura believes through music and prayer, this is her chance to share the gospel.

The Collingsworth Family
Concert The Collingsworth Family Franklin NCDate: May 23, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25 - Buy Tickets

Excitement, spiritual anointing, family-emphasis, and musical excellence are what you can expect to find when you step across the threshold of the auditorium for an Evening of Family Worship and Praise with The Collingsworth Family. Since their first engagement together as musicians for a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan in August, 1986 until now, the ministry God has given Phil & Kim has expanded and flourished until it is a full-time livelihood that involves their entire family.

Ray Stevens
Concert Ray Stevens Franklin NCDate: June 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $42, $47, $52 - Buy Tickets

Multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy winner Ray Stevens is celebrating 50 years in the music business this year. From his comedy hit, "The Streak" to the socially aware "Mr. Businessman" to his Grammy award winning pop standard "Everything is Beautiful," Stevens continues to showcase his observant and witty songwriting.

Ricky Skaggs
Concert Ricky Skaggs Franklin NCDate: July 3, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - On Sale: 3/2/2015
9:00 AM

A life full of music is the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Ricky is a 14-time Grammy Award winner and continues to do his part to lead the recent revival in Bluegrass music.

Toby Mac
Concert Toby Mac Franklin NCDate: July 17, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $30, $35, $40 - On Sale: 3/2/2015
9:00 AM

With 11 million career albums sold and 6 GRAMMY Awards to his credit, TobyMac refuses to settle on past accomplishments, as he remains passionate about his desire to write songs at the intersection where life and spirituality collide. From his early days in influential group dcTalk to his very first solo album, Momentum, Toby has worked hard to inspire his audience with words of conviction, hope, empowerment and the redemption found in his faith in God. "What is it like to live a life of faith? It doesn't look perfect, I can promise you that," Toby admits. "We're all struggling. We're struggling to mend relationships, to love people well, and to love God. But the gift of walking this life of faith is that you can make it right each day. You can turn and start over, determined, with your eye on it." With its messages of perseverance, determination and hope, Toby's work is further proof that music can better lives, reassure listeners that it is indeed possible to find grace.

Shrek, the Broadway Musical
Musical Shrek the Broadway Musical Franklin NCDates: July 24, 25, 31 & August1, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12, $17 - On Sale: 3/2/2015
9:00 AM

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs and a sidesplitting story. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek..." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero and luckily, there's one on hand... his name is Shrek.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Charlie Daniels Band
Concert Charlie Daniels Band Franklin NCDate: August 8, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $40, $45, $50 - On Sale: 4/1/2015
9:00 AM

The legendary fiddler, guitarist, and singer Charlie Daniels has been performing for half a century. The Wilmington, NC native has played and recorded with the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Marshall Tucker Band, Hank Williams, Jr., Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger, and Ringo Starr. His song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," won Daniels a Grammy for the Best Country vocal performance in 1979, and for several generations of Southerners, his popular hits, "Long Haired Country Boy," and "The South's Gonna Do It Again," are anthems to regional pride.

Village People
Concert Village People Franklin NCDate: August 14, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $28, $32 - On Sale: 4/1/2015
9:00 AM

Recipients of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the one-of-a-kind Village People is synonymous with dance music. Their impact on music has earned them the title "Kings of Disco" and they have sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide. These six talented men take all the musical hits of their spectacular career and combine them with energetic choreography and outrageous fun. Their music provides entertainment for all and will have you singing & dancing the entire night!

Marty Stuart & Connie Smith
Concert Marty Stuart Connie Smith Franklin NCDate: August 29, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $32, $35, $39 - On Sale: 4/1/2015
9:00 AM

The gospel-singing, bluegrass-playing, "Hillbilly Rock" making superstar, Marty Stuart, is a four-time Grammy winner and a platinum recording artist. Widely recognized as one of the most important roots musicians in America, Marty possesses a showman's zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Hits include "Tempted" and "This One's Gonna Hurt You." Marty continues to delight audiences across the country with his weekly television hit, The Marty Stuart Show, on RFD-TV.Connie Smith has been influencing country music's top artists for decades with her fervent joy in singing and her love for the emotional and physical act of letting loose a great song, all of which is as evident on her recordings as it is in front of audiences at the Grand Ole Opry, on RFD TV's weekly The Marty Stuart Show, or on the road. In 2012, Connie received the field's highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Steven Curtis Chapman
Concert Steven Curtis Chapman Franklin NCDate: September 5, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - On Sale: 5/1/2015
9:00 AM

Steven Curtis Chapman is a name that anyone and everyone who listens to Christian music knows. After starting his career in the late 1980s as a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, Chapman has since been recognized as one of the most prolific singers in the genre, releasing over 20 albums. Chapman has also won five Grammy awards and 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, more than any other artist in history. His seven "Artist of the Year" Dove Awards, are also an industry record. Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and has eight certified Gold or Platinum albums, including The Glorious Unfolding, Deep Roots, and This Moment. When asked about his many accomplishments, Chapman's response continues to honor his foundation of faith, I'm very, very grateful to be given the opportunity to make music and share the things that I feel like God has entrusted to me."

Who's Got Talent 2015
Special Event Whos Got Talent 2015 Franklin NCDate: September 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - On Sale: 5/1/2015
9:00 AM

Ever wanted to show off? Here's your chance! The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Who's Got Talent?, a local talent competition open to singers, dancers, musicians, variety acts and more. Experience the magic of the spot light while the audience votes for their favorite act and the winner of a cash prize. Check out the theater website for more information about auditions and your chance to be a star for a night!

Check back for details on audition dates.

The Isaacs
Concert The Isaacs Franklin NCDate: September 18, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $18, $20 - On Sale: 5/1/2015
9:00 AM

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group, features mother Lily Isaacs, and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos. Throughout the year, they often perform to welcoming fans in countries such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Canada and many more. The Isaacs have won over 7 Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career. They feel blessed to be able to spread the message of grace through song and story.

Travis Tritt
Concert Travis Tritt Franklin NCDate: October 2, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $35, $45, $55 - On Sale: 6/1/2015
9:00 AM

The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline has the young Georgian incorporating lifelong influences in Southern Rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart. The next eight albums and scores of hit singles led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that filled venues coast-to-coast.

The Addams Family Musical
Musical The Addams Family Musical Franklin NCDates: November 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2015 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12, $17 - On Sale: 7/1/2015
9:00 AM

The Addams Family Musical features a brand new original story based on the beloved comic strip created by Charles Addams and includes appearanaces by Gomez, his lovely Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday, Pugsly, Grandma Addams and more. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. Hilarious fun ensues and laughs are non-stop when these two unlikely families finally meet and suffer from a the mischeif of Wednesday's brother, Pugsly and a magic potion created by Grandma and Uncle Fester that falls into the wrong cup... and you thought your family was weird? Cooky, spooky and just plain fun!

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Lysa Terkeurst
Special Event Lysa Terkeurst Franklin NCDate: November 20, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25 - On Sale: 7/1/2015
9:00 AM

Lysa Terkeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey. For over 15 years, her message has enabled women to: Make the Bible come alive whenever you read it, discover how to develop inner peace and security in any situation, replace doubt, regret, and envy with truth, confidence, and praise and stop unhealthy cycles of striving and learn to love who you are while sensing God's responding to your prayers. Lysa's amazing story has led to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, USA Today newspaper, Woman's Day magazine, and Focus on the Family radio.

It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
Play Its a Wonderful Life a Live Radio Play Franklin NCDate: December 11, 2015
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Christmas with The Lettermen
Concert Christmas with The Lettermen Franklin NCDate: December 12, 2015
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $23, $25, $28 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This Christmas, enjoy the harmonies and sounds of The Lettermen with your friends and family. With 18 Gold Albums and scores of top singles, including their first hit "The Way You Look Tonight," The Lettermen's popularity has endured the test of time celebrating over 100,000 sold-out performances. Look forward to many of their hits, including "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" as well as traditional Christmas favorites. The Lettermen have been creating musical memories for 50 years and will help you make a memory of your own this Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play
Play Its a Wonderful Life a Live Radio Play Franklin NCDate: December 18, 2015
Ticket Prices: $12 - On Sale: 8/3/2015
9:00 AM

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

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