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Theatre Young Harris to Present “The Woodsmen and the Fairy”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will begin the 2016-2017 season with “The Woodsmen and the Fairy,” the annual children’s show sponsored by the Fred Register Endowment for Children’s Theatre. Performances will run for local schools Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 14-16, with a free public performance on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center.

Based on one of Aesop’s famous fables, Henry is a simple and happy woodsman. Every day, he chops trees down and sells them at the market. One day, his friend Jim startles him and Henry drops his axe into a pond. Lily, the water fairy of the pond, appears and retrieves Henry’s axe. Lily gives Henry a test to find out his honesty. In return for his honesty, Lily presents Henry with two ornate axes. Jim finds out Henry’s good fortune and decides to drop his axe into the pond. Lily gives Jim the same honesty test—he fails miserably and to punish Jim for lying Lily turns him into a tree.

The production is directed by Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Bart Hansard and features junior theatre majors Natalie Andric, of Dawsonville, Ga., Tyler Todd, of Morrow, Ga., Clara Levi, of Winder, Ga., freshman biology major Ryan Bates, of Fond du Lac, Wis., and freshman theatre major Aly Olvera, of Fayetteville, Ga. Stage managers and crew include junior theatre major Morgan Mims, of Thomson, Ga., freshman theatre major RaeAnn Muller of, Peachtree City, Ga., and junior musical theatre majors Kevin Garland, of Adairsville, Ga., Blake Wilson, of Clayton, Ga., and Hannah Johnson, of Marietta, Ga.

In October, the cast members will travel to Augusta, Ga., to present the show at the Georgia Theatre Conference and they will perform for local high schools in the area. “It is a true bus and trunk show,” said Hansard. “These students are getting to experience what it is like to put together the entire set, perform the show, and then pack it all up. It is a great way to provide them with ‘real world’ applications of what a professional theatre company on tour would do.”

Theatre Young Harris is YHC’s performing arts organization. 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 YHC students, faculty and staff as well as the community.

Mainstage Season tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65+ or with a YHC ID. Contributions are also accepted during “Pay What You Can” previews. Mainstage Season tickets are available by phone at (706) 379-4307, online at, or in person through the YHC Box Office located in Goolsby Center that opens two weeks prior to Mainstage opening nights on 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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit