Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre

Author:  Leslie Merrell

Enjoy Repertory Theatre at it’s finest!  Experience the award-winning Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre, showcasing the talents of regional actors, musicians, and artists performing classic Broadway and off-Broadway productions. 

Located in the heart of Waynesville, HART began in 1985 as a small theatre company of amateur performers.  The historic Strand Theatre on Main Street served as main stage until 1993.  The current location, opened in 1997 as the Performing Arts Center at Shelton House, is uniquely constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock Playhouses of the 1920’s providing visitors the opportunity to connect with the performers.

HART is a volunteer-based community theatre, with a year-round schedule on both the Main Stage and in the StudioTheatre.  Main Stage performances, often featuring nationally-known actors, operates from April – November.  The Studio Theatre showcases more experimental productions throughout the Winter months.

No matter the time of year, visitors to the County will want to include a night at the Theatre in their schedule.  For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.harttheatre.com/.

The HART theatre has also served as a co-sponsor and venue for many creative and musical events in the community.

The Smoky Mountain Brass Band, made up of 30 musicians, performs quality music and the presentation of a unique concert experience. The brass band is committed to the advancement of music education in western North Carolina.  Inquiries about open chairs in the Band, call  828 253-6083, visit the website at www.smbrass.com

Razzle Dazzle Children’s Arts Festival, sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council,  is held annually in the spring, on the HART grounds, with a full day of arts activities and entertainment for children of all ages. 

Voices in the Laurel, a not-for-profit community organization, provides an opportunity for young singers to develop as musicians through the study, rehearsal and performance of choral literature.  Voices in the Laurel is a regional choral music program with more than 120 singers ranging from third to 12th grade.  Performance groups have traveled throughout the region and nationally, sharing their musical talents. For further information about becoming a member and for audition schedules, call 828 335-2849, or email voiceslaurel@aol.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .  You may also visit the website at www.voicesinthelaurel.org.

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival comes to the Performing Arts Center in June and July each year.   For further information and to view other concert sites, visit www.warren-wilson.edu/~chamber/index.html.  You may write for tickets at The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, P.O. Box 9000, CPO 6062, Asheville, NC 28815 

The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House
250 Pigeon St.
Waynesville, NC 28786
Box Office: 828-456-6322