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Sunday, 03 February 2019 20:59

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE A theater vacated in downtown Hendersonville at the end of 2018 by the Flat Rock Playhouse is now the home of the Center for Art and Inspiration

The Center will host events, beginning Feb. 23, at 125 S. Main St.

The project, a vision of theatrical writer and producer Jeanie Linders, also will feature a pop-up Malaprops Books, the nationally known independent bookstore in downtown Asheville; and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar, offering the gourmet roasts of Independent Beans of Hendersonvilles 7th Avenue Historic District.

The Center will include professional theatrer from Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre under the direction of Broadway veteran Jimmy Ferraro (including My Big Fat Italian Murder Mystery, The Improper Royal Tea Murder and Murder on the High Cs to The Center Stage Star Series featuring Liberace,  Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis,  John Denver, and Barbra.  

International touring shows to be presented by the Center at Blue Ridge Community Colleges Bo Thomas Auditorium in nearby East Flat Rock will include In The Mood, the 1940s big band musical revue, and the original London production, ABBAMANIA.

A Repertory Theatre Troupe also will be showcased in Off-Broadways Buyer and Cellar and Church Basement Ladies.

Relocating to the Center from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dream Child Productions will bring a season of shows for children under the direction of founder Andrew Fiacco.   

Included in family programming will be events such as Disneys FROZEN Sing-A-Long.

Also on the opening schedule are the Hendo Story Club, a series of creative art classes including Zentangle, Images in Words, Peeps & Chix H20 Color, plus Stand-Up Comedy 101 and 2ND SUNDAYS with musicians, storytellers, author talk-backs and more.

Its an ambitious schedule, Founder Jeanie Linders said in a recent interview with the Hendersonville Lightning, but we have a team of professionals who are very committed to making this happen for our area. 

Having a meet-and-greet facility that can serve as a community destination for arts, entertainment and the opportunity to meet like-minded people has always been a dream of mine, she told the Lightning. I believe that the continued growth of Henderson and nearby counties will make The Center the go-to alternative for top quality offerings in our backyard as opposed to down the road in Asheville.

 Tickets are now for sale for all scheduled shows at  



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