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Theatre Young Harris to Present Annual Children’s Show Jack

Friday, September 7, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Theatre Young Harris to Present Annual Children’s Show Jack

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present Jack as its annual children’s show for the 2012-2013 season. The run includes daytime school performances Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 19-21, and a free public performance on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The show is sponsored by the Fred Register Endowment for Children’s Theatre at Young Harris College.

Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grades will see special daytime performances of the show presented at no charge. Students will attend from area schools, including Towns, Union, Fannin and White counties in Georgia, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Macon counties in North Carolina and Polk County in Tennessee.

Drawing on the Appalachian Jack tales of American folklore, playwright Mike Kenny retells the classic story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” as an encounter between a young boy trying to be a man and a wife trying to find happiness despite her bullying husband. Snappy, contemporary dialogue and loads of good humor are sure to delight the young and old alike.

“Our production provides a wondrous example of how imaginative play and finding magic in our everyday lives can heal and help us grow,” said the play’s director, YHC Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Greg McGrath. “Jack’s imagination becomes tangled with real struggles, as he learns what it means to be responsible and become the young man his mother so desperately needs him to be.”

When Jack escapes to his attic to play out some real life drama with the imaginary giant and his wife, parts of the story are illustrated with the help of his puppet, Jack, which was constructed by Grey Seal Puppets, Inc.

“Our puppet Jack is skillfully and beautifully brought to life by our actors,” McGrath said. “We were very fortunate to have this puppet created specifically for our show.”

The production features senior Sam Walker of Epping, England, as Jack, senior Michael Brown of Quitman, Ga., as Garbold, freshman Paige Duff of Rockmart, Ga., as Gertrude, senior Bekah Medford of Powder Springs, Ga., as Mum, junior Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., as Man, sophomore Heath Burnett of Ellijay, Ga., as Chicken, and junior Arin Satterfield of Marietta, Ga., as Milky White.

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2012-2013 Mainstage Series are on sale now online at www.yhc.edu/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased through the Young Harris College Box Office at (706) 379-4307. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, opens Monday, Oct. 29, for phone and walk-up ticket purchases and will be open two weeks prior to opening night for shows in the Mainstage Series. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.
 
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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