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LMC announces 2009 Performing Arts Series

Article Published: Oct. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
LMC announces 2009 Performing Arts Series

Desmond Doss is one of many heroes whose stories are portrayed in "The Risks of Heroes."

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School's in session at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, but so are the performing arts.

This autumn, LMC presents two unique programs that inform and entertain, followed by a candlelight Christmas show for the holidays.

Tickets are available by calling the Hayes Auditorium Box Office at (828) 898-8709.

The Risks of Heroes: A Drama with Music and Dance

The Risks of Heroes is a chronicle of exciting and heart-warming events where ordinary people rose to accomplish extraordinary tasks.

Examples are Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto; Gladys Aylward, a missionary who saved children during the war between China and Japan by taking them over the mountains to safety; Daoud Hari, a Darfur translator who brought worldwide attention to his country's plight; Harriett Tubman, abolitionist and a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad; and the schoolgirls of Afghanistan, who continued to attend school after persecution.

The Risks of Heroes will look at these and other stories where heroes have risked their lives for others. This original work is authored and directed by LMC Theatre artistic director Dr. Janet Barton Speer under the sponsorship of the Joseph and Frieda Ross Foundation.

The performance runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Endeavoring to enhance intercommunity relationships, Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies is endorsing the Oct. 1 performance with a dessert reception and by selling tickets.

Patrons interested in purchasing tickets for the play through the center should contact Rich Nemerson at (828) 387-9333 or by e-mailing (

The LMC Interactive Theatre Project

This event is a dynamic exploration of social justice issues through the eyes of contemporary college students.

Using the performance techniques of Michael Rohd and Augusto Boal, students will examine critical social and cultural problems through an intense rehearsal process that culminates in a public performance.

The 90-minute workshop-style performance will feature student scripted scenes, audience discussion and participation. Due to the serious nature of the material, this work is most appropriate for mature audiences interested in collaborating for social and cultural transformation.

This piece will be directed by Dr. Tessa Carr and will be performed both on campus and in areas off campus. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

LMC Annual Candlelight Christmas Show

Every year, director James Taylor hears someone say, "It's not the Christmas season until I see the Lees-McRae Christmas Show." He's now used to hearing it.

A combination of choral pieces, narrative dances and mini-dramas, the Christmas season comes alive the first weekend of December every year. This tradition has taken place on the Lees-McRae campus since 1978, and it is a well-attended event by audience members from on and off the mountain.

It's popularity has given the Candlelight Christmas Show a fine reputation, as members from all areas of the college's performing arts program come together to get the season going. The show will be held Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Lees-McRae College is located at 191 Main St. in Banner Elk. For more information, call (828) 898-5241 or visit

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