Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

Great Entertainment in the shadow of Cold Mountain.

Enjoy dining before the show in Harmons’ Den Bistro, then stroll to your seat for the show. Click Harmons’ Den above to see the menu.

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Volunteer to work concessions or usher and see the show for free. All volunteers must arrive 45min before show time.

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HARMONS’ DEN BISTRO –

NOW FEATURING OPEN MIC/KARAOKE on Saturday Nights

Enjoy a leisurely meal prepared especially for you by our Chef Christy Bishop before the show, then stroll to the performance.  The bistro has a full wine list and local craft beers on tap.  Items include specialty paninis and soups, award winning salads, pastas, and main courses at moderate prices. Make your reservation when you purchase your ticket. Seating in the bistro is limited.

AND BE SURE TO JOIN US ON SATURDAY NIGHTS FOR OPEN MIC NIGHTS

 

Calendar

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OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro 6:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS' Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Join us in the Bistro for free karaoke and open mic nights on Saturdays throughout the winter. An electronic baby grand is on site as well for those who what to play.
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Twelfth Night 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
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OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro 6:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS' Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Join us in the Bistro for free karaoke and open mic nights on Saturdays throughout the winter. An electronic baby grand is on site as well for those who what to play.
Twelfth Night 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
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Twelfth Night 2:00 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions 6:30 pm
Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
AUDITIONS FOR OUR 2018 SEASON Your chance to audition for our 2018 productions. Those auditioning with prepared monologues will be seen from 6-7:00pm by all directors. Monologues should be kept to 90sec. or less. Vocal[...]
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Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions 6:30 pm
Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hart Theatre Main Stage Auditions @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
AUDITIONS FOR OUR 2018 SEASON Your chance to audition for our 2018 productions. Those auditioning with prepared monologues will be seen from 6-7:00pm by all directors. Monologues should be kept to 90sec. or less. Vocal[...]
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Barter Players AESOP’S FABLES 4:00 pm
Barter Players AESOP’S FABLES @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Barter Players AESOP'S FABLES @ HART THEATRE MAIN STAGE | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
The celebrated professional children’s theater The Barter Players, from the State Theater of Virginia, bring their production of AESOP’S FABLES to the HART stage for one public performance. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $7[...]
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Twelfth Night 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
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OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro 6:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS' Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Join us in the Bistro for free karaoke and open mic nights on Saturdays throughout the winter. An electronic baby grand is on site as well for those who what to play.
Twelfth Night 7:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
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Twelfth Night 2:00 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Twelfth Night @ Fangmeyer Theater at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.
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Woman & War 7:30 pm
Woman & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Woman & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Through correspondence and monologues, in the style of reader’s based theater, Women & War is a collection of fictional stories based on historical events.
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OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro 6:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS’ Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OPEN MIC/KARAOKE in HARMONS' Den Bistro @ HARMONS' DEN Bistro at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Join us in the Bistro for free karaoke and open mic nights on Saturdays throughout the winter. An electronic baby grand is on site as well for those who what to play.
Woman & War 7:30 pm
Woman & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Woman & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Through correspondence and monologues, in the style of reader’s based theater, Women & War is a collection of fictional stories based on historical events.
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Women & War 2:00 pm
Women & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Women & War @ Feichter Studio Theatre at HART | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Through correspondence and monologues, in the style of reader’s based theater, Women & War is a collection of fictional stories based on historical events.
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Main Stage Season

HARTThrob Membership

(up to a $258 value)
$200/Per Season
  • $400 per couple (up to a $516 value).
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  • Admission to all 8 HART Main Stage productions including “The Fantasticks” Dinner Theater.
  • Admission to two HART Studio productions.
  • Complimentary beverage coupons (8 per couple, 4 single) may be used for house wine or any other concession item.
  • Playbill recognition.
  • Providing the foundation for our productions includes all 9 main stage shows.

The Producer's Circle

(donation*)
$600/Per Season
  • $1,200 donation per couple*
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  • Admission to ALL HART EVENTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – HART’s Main Stage, HART’S Studio including “The Fantasticks” Dinner Theater with stage-side-seating.
  • Annual Producers Circle Champagne Reception – A special event just for Producers Circle Members in June featuring a preview of the summer musicals, and the Main Stage summer musical with the guest artists for the season.
  • Free beverages and concession items at all HART events – including complimentary premium wines at each main stage performance.
  • Playbill recognition as HART Supporter
  • All funds raised from annual Producers Circle Memberships go towards capital improvements at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, endowment and debt retirement.

*HART is a non-profit tax exempt organization and contributions beyond the normal ticket price may be tax deductible.

Season Flex Passes

Purchase Flex Pass Options

Main Stage Season

Silver Flex Pass

(up to a $172 value)
$130 (7% NC Sales Tax Inc.)/Per Season
  • $120 – Senior (up to a $160 value).(7% NC Sales Tax Inc.)
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  • Good for 6 admissions to any of HART’s 8 Main Stage Productions. (Does Not Include “The Fantasticks” Dinner Theater)

Download a Printable 2018 Flex Pass & Special Membership Order Form.          Click Here

 

Kids HART is our Youth Drama Program. Each year HART offers acting classes and hands on experience in tech to young people from the region. In addition we have a variety of events aimed at kids and their families.  Most events are scheduled for weekend afternoons. Sign up for our mailing list online for notifications and watch our website. Kids at HART also has a Facebook page.

April 21 & 22

Look for audition announcement soon

MADAGASCAR JR  March 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 2pm

 

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

 

 

 

About HART

Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. Nestled in the shadow of Cold Mountain in Waynesville, North Carolina, The HART Theatre, founded in 1985, is a semi-professional community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region and beyond.

The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal. HART succeeded in paying off the mortgage on the facility in just four years, undertook an expansion in 2003 which was also paid for by the time it was completed.

The theater is now in the midst of another expansion, adding the new Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater, along with the Harmon’s Den Bistro, named in honor of John and Susie Harmon. The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House contains the James Auditorium, a 255-seat traditional proscenium space named in honor of longtime supporters Phil and Loraine James, the Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater, a 140 seat flexible performance space, and the 75-seat Feichter Studio Theatre, named in honor of HART founder’s Rex and Elisabeth Feichter. The Fangmeyer Theater also houses Harmon’s Den Bistro, a full service farm to table restaurant named in honor of John and Suzie Harmon.

The facility sits on an eight acre National Historic site owned by the Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts. The 19th Century structures are open to the public and contain a vast treasure of work by artists from the region and beyond.

In addition to its own productions, HART has played host to events by Folkmoot USA, the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, Voices in the Laurel, and the Haywood County Arts Council’s series of concerts, including the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. HART also operates the Rodwell Visual Arts Gallery and has an Internship program for young aspiring professional actors.

HART’s activities have helped spur economic development in the region and introduce a generation of young people to the magic of theatre, many of whom are pursuing theatrical degrees thanks to HART’s encouragement and training. All of HART’s activities and the maintenance of the Performing Arts Center are made possible thanks to the generous support of people like you.

  • North Carolina Community Theatre of the Year
  • Three-Time Winner: N.C. Theatre Festival AACT/Fest
  • Two-Time Winner: S.E. Theatre Festival AACT/Fest
  • Acting and Technical Winner: National AACT/Fest Theatre Festival
  • Participant: Edinburgh Scotland International Theatre Fringe Festival

 

CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairperson: Bonnie Smith,    Vice Chairperson: Jim Janke,    Secretary: Emily Warren,    Treasurer: Larry East,   Glenn Arnett, Alice Aumen, Nyda Bittmann-Neville, Bucky Dykes, David Eachus, Phil Haire, Libby Irwin, Dr. John Highsmith, Becky Seymour, Barbara Thomas, Director Emeritus: Libba Feichter

View a brief history of the first 13 years in hart history.          View

 

Meet the Staff

Steven Lloyd

Steven Lloyd

Executive Director

HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most successful theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals. Steve has guided HART since 1990. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro, the Winston-Salem native toured extensively as a professional actor, and is now an inactive member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He grew up in a show business family, his grandparents having once owned a carnival and his grandfather once worked in vaudeville. He began working on carnival midways at the age of eight, became a puppeteer and magician in his teens, performed in shopping malls up and down the East Coast while in college, and even danced as part of the company in the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills.” Steve came to Haywood County as a North Carolina Visiting Artist in 1988. Prior to that he had written “The Actor and The Assassin,” a two character play based on the lives of brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, which was produced in 1987 staring Steve and actor Jerry Sipp. The production was then picked up by an agent in Atlanta, and later New York and the two actors toured off and on in the production for the next seventeen years. It was the income from that play that made it possible for Steve to work for HART in the early years for little or no money. Steven Lloyd has served as President of the North Carolina Theater Conference and Chair of the Southeastern Theater Conference Community Theater Festival. He has been honored for his service with the Herman Middleton Award from NCTC.

David Yeats

David Yeats

Operations Manager

David Anthony Yeates was born and raised in Dublin Ireland, where he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Theatre and Performing Arts from Colaiste Dhulaigh in 2012. After graduation he moved to London to live, and further his training in acting. For four years he continued to work in theatre and television in both Ireland and the UK. In April of 2016, he moved to American. David became part of the HART staff in January 2017.  Some of his roles include: Trigorin (Stupid F***ing Bird), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Bridegroom (Blood Wedding), Vic & Carroll (In Arabia we’d All be Kings), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods), Saxon (Vikings, TV series). 

Tom Dewees

Tom Dewees

Facility Manager and Shop Carpenter

Tom Dewees, a native of Sylva, serves as Facility Manager and Shop Carpenter. He has been involved with HART since 1997 when the new theater was inaugurating its first season and has appeared in more productions that any other actor. He regularly steps in to fill small character roles. Tom is one of those people who seems to know how virtually everything works. In 2006 he appeared in HART’s production of “My Fair Lady” as Alfred Doolittle. Later that year he married Sherry on the HART stage, carried on to the tune of “I’m Getting’ Married in the Mornin.’”

Sherry Dewees

Sherry Dewees

Box Office Manager

Sherry Dewees is a Haywood County native who began as a backstage volunteer, then as the most sought after stage manager, and finally in 2011 she took over as Box Office Manager. In addition to her duties with HART she works for the Haywood County Schools with children with special needs.

Charles Mills

Charles Mills

Graphic Designer

Charles Mills is a Haywood County native who began designing posters for HART shortly after finishing Tuscola High School. He went on to study graphic design and make a successful career in that business but he also serves on HART’s staff as overall designer of everything from HART’s logo to the page you are looking at now.

Christy Bishop

Christy Bishop

Bistro Manager/Chef

Christy Bishop has been developing her culinary skills for over two decades.  In addition to being a fine Chef and overseeing the outfitting of HARMON’S DEN BISTRO at HART, she is an accomplished actress, photographer and artist. Christy is a native of Asheville and holds Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian Stage University. Audiences have seen her on the HART stage in “Orpheus Descending,” “Zelda” and “The Belle of Amherst.”

THE HART BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

President: Bonnie Smith  Vice President: Jim Janke  Secretary: David Eachus  Treasurer: Larry East

Glenn Arnette, Colleen Davis,  Bucky Dykes, Phil Haire,Ralph Hamlett, Jim Janke, Vicki Shaw,  Becky Seymour  Director Emeritus – Libba Feichter

 

Plan Your Visit

Harmon's Den

Harmon’s Den is HART’s very own restaurant.

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Haywood Chamber of Commerce

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Haywood County Tourism Development

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Visit the Smokies

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Auditions

HART Theater is a volunteer based, community theater which offers token compensation to professional and semi-professional actors cast in leading roles.

 

2018 SEASON AUDITIONS – your chance to audition for our 2018 productions at once.

Sunday and Monday February 11 & 12 – anyone unable to attend these auditions who wish to be considered should contact HART at harttheater@gmail.com to set up a private audition for specific directors.

Those auditioning with prepared monologues will be seen from 6-7:00pm by all directors. Monologues should be kept to 90sec. or less.  Vocal auditions will follow.

Musical auditions for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, MAME and GHOST The Musical,  will begin immediately following on the main stage. An accompanist is provided. Actors should prepare 16 bars. Actors should not expect to sing through an entire song unless requested and should not sing multiple verses.

Dramatic auditions (for those who did not audition with a prepared monologue) Each director of a non-musical will be located in different areas of the theater and will conduct cold readings.  THE UNDERPANTS, THE FIELD, THE BAD SEED, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS.

2018 Productions and directors:  SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, Dir. Henry Williamson, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Dir. Steve Lloyd, THE UNDERPANTS, Dir. Jeff Messer, MAME, Dir. Steve Lloyd, THE FIELD, Dir. David Yeats, GHOST The Musical, Dir. Mark Jones, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, Dir. Candice Dickinson, THE BAD SEED, Dir. Wanda Taylor.

Each year in February HART holds auditions for all of its productions at once, giving area actors a chance to be cast in roles for multiple productions. Some directors will hold follow up auditions later and chorus auditions are held closer to the time of musical production.

COMMUNITY THEATER ACTORS – HART is fundamentally a volunteer based community theater and preference is given to actors in this category and actors are considered for all roles – actors auditioning for musical roles should bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Actors auditioning for non-musical roles will be asked by each director to read from the script of the show being auditioned. Community Theater Actors are not expected to have prepared material.

SEMI-PROFESSIONAL ACTORS – are considered for lead roles only unless you indicate you are willing to work without compensation, in which case the director may offer any role – any actor can audition in this category but compensation will only be offered to actors who meet the following criteria- Actors  must have had training (a university degree in theater or significant class work) and  professional experience on stage at other theaters besides HART or be enrolled in the professional theater program at Western Carolina University. Actors must have contrasting monologues, and multiple songs prepared with sheet music, a professional resume and a professional head shot, not taken by HART. These are the standard items any professional or semi-professional actor who regularly auditions for professional companies would have on hand.  Compensation for actors in this category is minimal, but intended to recognize the actors experience and training and for WCU students to qualify their casting as a “professional role” for their resume. Directors are given a nominal budget for compensation, and the more actors cast from this category in a production the smaller the amount available. Generally the amount paid is figured at between $15 and $25 per performance.

 

 

Community Theater Actors

 

 

 

 

 

Actors who define themselves as community theater actors are offering to donate their time on stage as volunteers. They may be cast in any role including leading parts. Actors in this category may, or may not have experience and/or training. Experienced actors may simply be electing to donate their time and talent. Inexperienced actors are joining the company and learning the craft in process. When auditioning community theater actors will be asked to cold read from the script.

 

Professionals and Semi-Professionals

 

 

 

 

HART is a volunteer based community theater and preference is given to community theater actors in all casting.

Actors who define themselves as professional or semi-professional are expected to have prior professional experience on stage at other theaters besides HART and/or training in theater from a college theater program. Actors expecting compensation will only be considered for lead roles. Actors auditioning in this category who elect to waive compensation may be offered any role. Actors in this category may be students pursuing a degree in theater at the University level, actors who have theater degrees and actors who have appeared on stage in the region in leading roles or character roles over a number of years.

Equity Actors

 

 

 

HART has on occasion employed actors who are members of Actors Equity Association under a Special Appearance contract. Due to the expense these actors are usually brought in one week before tech and are expected to be able to step into a role with very limited rehearsal time. Contract terms are negotiated individually but Equity performers are expected to be available as needed during their contract.

 

Contact HART

Give Us a Call:
828-456-6322

Stop by for a Visit:
250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville, NC

Email Us:
boxoffice@harttheatre.org

Box Office Winter Hours:
Friday & Saturday, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Regular Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5 PM
(Starting April 18)

HART Theater