Mars Hill University’s theatre arts department will share its Appalachian culture with the students and community of Western North Carolina later this month with performances of “Jack Tales.” The public performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Owen Theatre on the Mars Hill University campus. The performance schedule also includes five matinees being performed at area schools.
The Jack Tales expand on the familiar character from Jack and the Beanstalk — a boy who always seems to come out on top, no matter the obstacles thrown at him by his brothers, a king, and various wild creatures. Most of these Jack Tales came to the Appalachian Mountains from England, and have been passed down through generations by oral retelling. The mountains of our area, particularly around Beech Mountain, were home to tellers and keepers of many of the Jack Tales in the early part of the 20th century.
Artwork of Jack and his friends has been provided by Appalachian folk artist Charley Frye of Lenoir, North Carolina.
Tickets for the April 27 public performance are $10 for adults, $5 for students with student identification, free for Mars Hill University students and staff. For more information, contact the Owen Theatre box office at (828) 689-1389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.