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WAYNESVILLE — The curtain went up with a return of live theater at Haywood Arts Regional Theater: a production of Say Goodnight, Gracie opened Thursday, April 8, and runs for two weekends.

“Say Goodnight, Gracie” is an evening with one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated figures, George Burns, who lived to 100 years old and was a major star until he died. The show offers an unforgettable tour through a century of entertainment. Audiences will be transported with treasured video clips, audio and pictures from the life of these comic icons. The one-man show stars Pasquale LaCorte as George Burns.

HART has painstakingly re-invented its procedures to ensure COVID safety. The production is being staged in HART’s Fangmeyer Theater, which features flexible seating arrangements throughout the flat floor as opposed to a traditional fixed-seating auditorium.

The audience will be arranged in pods spaced six feet apart. Patrons will be asked to wear masks unless they are eating or drinking items from the concession area, and distancing will be practiced throughout the facility.

HART has created a special Covid Safety Video to give patrons a sample of what attending the show will be like. See it at www.harttheatre.org.

The show has performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10 and April 15-17, with 2 p.m. shows on Sunday April 11 and 18.

All seats are $20. Buy tickets online at www.harttheatre.org or call box office at 828-456-6322 and leave your name, phone number, the number of tickets you would like held and the performance date.