Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Franklin NC
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Introduction to Puppetry Workshop
Special Event Introduction to Puppetry Workshop Franklin NCDate: May 2, 2016
Show Time: 5:30pm
Ticket Prices: $30 Registration & Supplies Fee - Sold at door

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 to adult. For more information or to register, please contact the theatre box office at 828-524-1598. A registration and supplies fee of $30 is required for each participant.

Schedule: May 2, 3, 4 & 5 at 5:30pm-7:30pm

Nelson Illusions "Smoke & Mystery" Tour
Special Event Nelson Illusions Smoke Mystery Tour Franklin NCDate: May 7, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - Buy Tickets

Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States today featuring some the largest illusions ever seen on stage. This a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle combines rare & original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic. The show features 4 Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style combining a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, & comedy with some of the most beautiful & astonishing stage magic in existence today- a girl sawn in half in plain view, an elegant lady who floats in circles, a man who melts through a sheet of solid steel, a girl who risks death on the point of a giant industrial drill, and much more! Nelson Illusions is 90 minutes of the BEST magical entertainment around!

Taste of Home Cooking School
Special Event Taste of Home Cooking School Franklin NCDate: May 14, 2016
Show Time: 6:30pm
Ticket Prices: $17 - 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. Our favorite Culinary Specialist, Michelle "Red" Roberts 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 along with the chance to win spectacular and exciting prizes, including the dishes prepared at the show.

Event Sponsor:
Bi-Lo of Franklin

Chonda Pierce
Concert Chonda Pierce Franklin NCDate: May 21, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25 - Buy Tickets

Armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda Pierce has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast for more than a decade. An in-demand stand up comic, television hostess and author, Pierce has parlayed her gift for storytelling into a multi-faceted career. Pierce has authored eight books with most recent being, Laughing In the Dark and has ranked among Pollstar's top-selling live performers. She's a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has appeared on Life Today, The Wanda Sykes Show, The Mike Huckabee Show, as well as ABC's popular talk show, the View. Her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

Johnny Rivers
Concert Johnny Rivers Franklin NCDate: June 3, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 - Buy Tickets

In 1964, when the British Invasion was in progress and American rockers were tough to find on the U.S. pop charts, Johnny Rivers was one of the first to regain a foothold. His formula was much the same as the British style vintage American rock n' roll and R&B played with a verve and simplicity that gave his music a contemporary edge. With such hits as "Maybelline," "Rainy Night In Georgia" and the award-winning "Secret Agent Man," Rivers has never desire to retire from recording or leave the thrill of the road. He's toured consistently and enjoys popularity all over the world with his one-of-a-kind musical stylings and genuine rock/ blues sound.

Ms Patti's Entertainment Tonight
Special Event Ms Pattis Entertainment Tonight Franklin NCDate: June 4, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - Buy Tickets

Patti McClure is once again putting together a fantastic variety show to support local missions. A host of talented entertainers are scheduled to participate including Blue Ridge, Susan Pons, Scotty and Nikki Corbin, Grady, Mark and Ren Corbin, David Beam, Brandon Scruggs, Ed Hill, Jay Baird and Limited Distance, Teddy Burnett, Shawn Burrows, H2O Cloggers, Mountain Voices, Arphea Brimmer, Ilana Lubitsch and David Moffitt, and Rhonda and Luke Bateman. Entertainment Tonight, as always, will be a spectacular show you don't want to miss!

Betsy's School of Dance 2016 Recital
Special Event Betsys School of Dance 2016 Recital Franklin NCDates: June 17-18, 2016 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $7 Students, $12 Adults - Buy Tickets

Ever been on a journey where your mind or your kids repeatedly say "ARE WE THERE YET?" We will take you with us on a journey of dance through all types of travel scenarios. From the annoying security at the airport, across the seas to Germany, or on a personal journey of love, we will make you feel as if you have been on a vacation of your own. Our dancers will delight you with the dance styles of tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, African and theatrical dance.

*Friday evening features beginner-intermediate Tiger, GA dancers
*Saturday matinee features budding ballerinas and young lads beginner-intermediate
*Saturday evening features intermediate-advanced dancers

David Phelps
Concert David Phelps Franklin NCDate: June 24, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $22, $25 - Buy Tickets

Looking back on David Phelp's own legacy, so far, he has come a long way from Tomball, Texas. Over the greater part of the last two decades, David's artistry has grown to echo off the walls of Carnegie Hall, and vibrate the chandeliers in the White House and in countless halls and churches around the world. His masterful melodies have been burned into critically-acclaimed solo offerings, award-winning Gaither Vocal Band CDs and Gold and Platinum Gaither "Homecoming" collections. It has been a showcase far above the expectations of any ordinary artist. But for David, a perpetual work in progress, these happy years have been just an extended glimpse of the Creator's bigger picture. Pushing the boundaries is every artist's goal, and David's focus is beyond the ordinary, trusting in that Divine design.

Mountain Voices
Concert Mountain Voices Franklin NCDate: June 30, 2016
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - Buy Tickets

Mountain Voices, a 60-voice community chorus, will take the audience on a musical "Sentimental Journey" across the United States with standards everyone loves. The second half of the program will include gospel and patriotic selections, concluding with a tribute to members of the Armed Forces, past and present.

Neal McCoy
Concert Neal McCoy Franklin NCDate: July 1, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $27, $30 - Buy Tickets

Neal McCoy has released ten studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. In 1992, McCoy hit the top 40 charts with "Where Forever Begins," and a year later with the back-to-back number 1 singles "No Doubt About It" and "Wink" from his platinum-certified album, No Doubt About It. Since the mid-nineties, his commercial success has continued to grow with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more Top Ten hits. A seventh Top Ten hit, "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On", came in 2005 from his self-released That's Life. Neal also supports his own charity organization: East Texas Angel Network, which is committed to the enhancement of the lives of children of East Texas who are living with terminal or life-threatening diseases.

Disney's The Little Mermaid, the Broadway Musical
Musical Disneys The Little Mermaid the Broadway Musical Franklin NCDates: July 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2016 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 Students, $17 Adults - Buy Tickets

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this live stage show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Folkmoot
Special Event Folkmoot Franklin NCDate: July 28, 2016
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $21, $26, $31 - Buy Tickets

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performers demonstrating cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music.

An Evening with Kellie Pickler
Concert An Evening with Kellie Pickler Franklin NCDate: July 30, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $45, $50, $55 - Buy Tickets

There are many ways to describe Kellie Pickler, with spunky, beautiful, talented and charismatic just scratching the surface. But there is one word that ties them all together and brings them to life. Kellie Pickler is real. Few people speak or sing so transparently from their hearts. Few can bridge life and art, story and song, so vibrantly and compellingly. "My life is a country song," she has said on occasion, and no one who knows her or has watched her career evolve from her days as a breakout presence on American Idol would argue in the least. Over the course of three albums, hundreds of concert appearances, and a breathtaking 2013 win on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, she has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation Festival- Day Workshops
Special Event The Isaacs Musication Nation Festival Day Workshops Franklin NCDate: August 5, 2016
Show Time: 10am
Ticket Prices: $25 Students, $50 Adults - Buy Tickets

Join the multiple award-winning Isaacs family for a weekend of music, education, inspiration and just plain fun. For the first time ever, the Isaacs will present two days of informative workshops on songwriting, professional musicianship and entertainment in a series of formal and in-formal workshops and classes in an up close and personal one-on-one setting. Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle and any other instrument you enjoy and be prepared to play and sing along with the Isaacs and fellow attendees. Two great days of spectacular opportunity and excitement topped off with evening concerts. For anyone who loves playing, singing and having a great time with fellow music lovers.
Schedule of events includes: Morning Glory Devotions with John Bowman- free & open to the public at 9am. Matinee concerts with the Isaacs & special guests. Songwriting 101 workshop with JimmYeary, Sonya & Becky. FanJam Fun with The Isaacs (calling all singers, pickers & grinners). "Teasty" Country Cooking Class with the Isaacs, sponsored by Teays Calley Foods. Times to be posted on TheIsaacs.com & on The Isaacs' Facebook Page.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation Festival- Evening Concert
Concert The Isaacs Musication Nation Festival Evening Concert Franklin NCDate: August 5, 2016
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $12.50 Students, $25 Adults - Buy Tickets

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.

Part of The Isaacs's Musication Nation Festival, with special guests, John Bowman & Jimmy Yeary.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation Festival- Day Workshops
Special Event The Isaacs Musication Nation Festival Day Workshops Franklin NCDate: August 6, 2016
Show Time: 10am
Ticket Prices: $25 Students, $50 Adults - Buy Tickets

Join the multiple award-winning Isaacs family for a weekend of music, education, inspiration and just plain fun. For the first time ever, the Isaacs will present two days of informative workshops on songwriting, professional musicianship and entertainment in a series of formal and in-formal workshops and classes in an up close and personal one-on-one setting. Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle and any other instrument you enjoy and be prepared to play and sing along with the Isaacs and fellow attendees. Two great days of spectacular opportunity and excitement topped off with evening concerts. For anyone who loves playing, singing and having a great time with fellow music lovers.

Schedule of events includes: Morning Glory Devotions with John Bowman- free & open to the public at 9am. Matinee concerts with the Isaacs & special guests. Songwriting 101 workshop with JimmYeary, Sonya & Becky. FanJam Fun with The Isaacs (calling all singers, pickers & grinners). "Teasty" Country Cooking Class with the Isaacs, sponsored by Teays Calley Foods. Times to be posted on TheIsaacs.com & on The Isaacs' Facebook Page.

The Isaacs' Musication Nation Festival- Evening Concert
Concert The Isaacs Musication Nation Festival Evening Concert Franklin NCDate: August 6, 2016
Show Time: 7pm
Ticket Prices: $12.50 Students, $25 Adults - Buy Tickets

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.

Part of the Isaacs' Musication Nation Festival and includes special guests, John Bowman, Jimmy Yeary & Jimmy Fortune.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
Concert Larry Gatlin the Gatlin Brothers Franklin NCDate: August 12, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $25, $28 - Buy Tickets

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element: music. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. Country Capsule put it best, "Gatlin harmonies spin with high and light precision and their music bleeds and screams of love and a lot of living." With over a dozen top 40 hits and influenced by faith, family and their fans, Larry, Steve and Rudy will always be ready to "stand up and sing a tune any night."

Stars of Center Stage 2016
Special Event Stars of Center Stage 2016 Franklin NCDate: August 13, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $10 - Buy Tickets

Ever wanted to show off? Here's your chance! The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Stars of Center Stage, 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. It's time for you to take your chance and be the star of center stage for a night!

AUDITIONS- Monday, July 25. Registration begins at 6:00pm. All acts should be no more than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in length and should take no more than 1 minute of "set up" time. Acts chosen to move on to the Aug 13 competition may be up to 3 minutes in length.


Tim Hawkins
Concert Tim Hawkins Franklin NCDate: August 20, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $32, $37, $40 or $60 Uber Fan Package - Buy Tickets

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002,Tim Hawkins has been meticulously crafting a no-bones, no-bull comedy show that entertains the entire family. With three hundred million online video views, over one hundred sold-out concerts every year, and a motley half million Facebook fans, Tim's "Jackwagon" Crew has grown into a gut-busting revolution of multi-generational proportions. Tim's approach to comedy can best be described as one part gifted and two parts twisted. His stand-up is surgical and honed to perfection, bringing to light the brokenness of human nature while marveling in its hilarity. In his own gracious words "If you can't laugh at yourself,laugh at other people." Dealing with the perils of marriage, parenting and homeschooling may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for rock star comedy. "It's not like I have a choice," says Tim, "Comedy is my only skill."

Be a Tim Hawkins uber fan: ticket includes seating in the first two rows, concert laminate, "Diary of a Jackwagon" book or concert DVD and meet and greet with the artist after the show.

Russell Moore & iiird Tyme Out with the Church Sisters
Concert Russell Moore iiird Tyme Out with the Church Sisters Franklin NCDate: August 27, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $22 - Buy Tickets

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they've managed to climb to the top not just once, but twicewinning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years.

The Church Sisters, Sarah and Savannah Church, began their musical career in March of 2007 after winning the WAKG Rising Stars talent competition. The pair have met and performed with prestigious names such as Rhonda Vincent, Brandon Heath, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, and Tony Rice. In addition to many stage shows, The Church Sisters have also appeared on the popular RFD T.V shows "The Joey and Rory Show", "Larry's Country Diner" and "Country's Family Reunion."

A Tribute to the Music of John Denver starring Jim Curry
Concert A Tribute to the Music of John Denver starring Jim Curry Franklin NCDate: September 3, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18, $22 - On Sale: 5/2/2016
9:00 AM

The untimely death of John Denver in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over and left his fans demanding that his music survive. Jim Curry, whose natural singing voice has always been similar to that of the late, great Denver, is the man for the job. He captures the essence of John Denver's music, even featuring many former John Denver band members and back up singers, as he performs multi-platinum hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie's Song" and "Country Roads." Jim Curry's mission is to share John's positive message of love & humanity through great music.

Overlook Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary Celebration
Special Event Overlook Theatre Companys 20th Anniversary Celebration Franklin NCDate: September 10, 2016
Ticket Prices: $17 - On Sale: 5/2/2016
9:00 AM

Join us as we remember and honor twenty years of wonderful shows, spectacular memories, hilarious stories and great friends as the Overlook Theatre Company celebrates two decades of magical stage performances with this retrospective concert. An evening full of great songs, tons of fun and exciting surprises. 2016 SMCPA patron members are invited to a special post-show reception with the cast and crew immediately following the event.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Bill Anderson's Country's Family Reunion
Concert Bill Andersons Countrys Family Reunion Franklin NCDate: September 24, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $24, $27, $30 - On Sale: 5/2/2016
9:00 AM

Country's Family Reunion brings country music stars, armed with decades of songs and stories to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts' stage. Whisperin' Bill Anderson will host this intimate gathering of country music legends as they share the stories and sing the songs that made them famous. You will undoubtedly find yourself singing along with the classics and find yourself delighted by the stories that go hand in hand with the music.

Charley Pride
Concert Charley Pride Franklin NCDate: October 1, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $48, $53, $58 - On Sale: 6/1/2016
9:00 AM

Becoming a trailblazing Country Music superstar was an improbable destiny for Charley Pride, especially considering his humble beginnings as a sharecropper's son on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi. Growing up, Charley was exposed primarily to Blues, Gospel and Country music. His father inadvertently fostered Charley's love of Country music by tuning the family's Philco radio to Nashville's WSM-AM in order to catch Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. At 14 years of age, Charley purchased his first guitar: a Silvertone from a Sears Roebuck catalogue and taught himself how to play it by listening to the songs that he heard on that radio. With boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, Charlie Pride has managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with Nashville insiders into an amazing legacy of hit singles and tens of millions in record sales. In addition to performing and recording new music, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.

The Collingsworth Family
Concert The Collingsworth Family Franklin NCDate: October 15, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $20, $25 - On Sale: 6/1/2016
9:00 AM

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.

Fiddler On the Roof, the Musical
Musical Fiddler On the Roof the Musical Franklin NCDates: November 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2016 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 Student, $17 Adult - On Sale: 7/1/2016
9:00 AM

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler On The Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. A don't miss, Broadway classic for all ages.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

Mountain Faith: The Sounds of Christmas- a Live DVD Taping
Concert Mountain Faith The Sounds of Christmas a Live DVD Taping Franklin NCDate: November 26, 2016
Show Time: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: $18 - On Sale: 8/1/2016
9:00 AM

Join Mountain Faith as they celebrate the sounds of the season with a live DVD taping on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Sing along with traditional and sacred Christmas classics and experience a few new surprises in this live event/ concert that is sure to become treasured viewing year after year.

Christmas In My Hometown
Concert Christmas In My Hometown Franklin NCDate: December 9, 2016
Ticket Prices: $15 - On Sale: 8/1/2016
9:00 AM

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with music and stories focused on family, friends, faith and tradition.

Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company

The Nutcracker Ballet
Play The Nutcracker Ballet Franklin NCDates: December 16-17, 2016 - Performance Schedule
Ticket Prices: $12 Adults, $8 Students - On Sale: 8/1/2016
9:00 AM

On a very special Christmas Eve, a young girl named Natasha receives a beautiful gift in the form of a nutcracker. Through dreams and magic, Natasha is rescued from the evil Rat King by the nutcracker and taken on an exciting adventure to the Snowflake Forest and Land of Sweets where she meets many new friends. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this heart-warming holiday classic is perfect for the entire family. A full, two-act ballet presented by A Family of Friends Productions in conjunction with Betsy's School of Dance.



































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