From the Sports Page to the Hayes Stage
In late March, local college hoops fans had to endure the loss of both the UNC Tarheels and the Duke Blue Devils, as neither of the two North Carolina teams made it into the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 2007.
Don't expect any sympathy from the cast of "Chuckleball."
"When we go someplace like North Carolina, we like to alter our show to add more comedy about college basketball and NASCAR," performer Chris Wren said.
Wren and the rest of the cast of "Chuckleball" will present their sports-themed stage show at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. The show coincides with the annual Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival in Blowing Rock, and tickets are on sale now.
The cast of "Chuckleball" includes Wren, Christiana Little, Christopher Colberson and John Disciascio. During the show, the quartet performs individually, in duos and in groups as a number of famous sports figures.
"Chuckleball" celebrates the craziness and scandals in the sporting world from the headlines to the sidelines. The 90-minute show takes on the world's favorite sports stars and their favorite product endorsements, the latest sports buzz and the fallen heroes of the game.
"I like to do comedy that is smart and more sophisticated," said Chuckleball producer and co-creator Jason Goldstein. "You must have material that does not offend people. These are celebrities, high-profile people. We don't get into the really personal. 'Chuckleball' is purely a fun show.
"And we want the material to be broad enough in scope that even the casual sports fan, or even someone that just happens to flip on the news, can get all the jokes."
According to Wren, "Chuckleball" has recently had long runs at the Athens Theatre in Philadelphia and in New York City.
Tickets for Chuckleball are $40, $30 and $25 for individual tickets, depending on seating; $40 tickets also include an invitation to a meet-and-greet reception (one drink included) with the Chuckleball cast in the second-floor Ebert Reception Hall after the show.
To reserve your tickets, or for further information, call the Hayes Center box office at (828) 295-9627.