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“Driving Miss Daisy” Presented Aug. 3-5 at Appalachian State University

BOONE–The Alfred Uhry classic “Driving Miss Daisy” will be presented Aug. 3-5 by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Performances will be held in Valborg Theatre at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3-4, and at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The Valborg Theatre Box Office will be open Aug. 2-5 from 1-5 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance. The box office number is (828) 262-3063.

On Thursday, Aug. 5, meet the main actress in an after-performance reception and discussion. “An Evening with Ruth Moore” will be held as part of the “An Evening With” series sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance following the 6 p.m. performance. A shuttle bus will be available from the Broyhill Inn. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (828) 262-3028.

Uhry’s play chronicles 25 years in the life of Daisy Werthan, an elderly Southern widow, and her black chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. Their relationship begins on the wrong foot, but eventually evolves from that of adversarial acquaintances to close friends.

Actress Ruth Moore returns to the Valborg stage for the play’s title role. Audiences will remember her from her performance two summers ago as Grace in “Grace and Glory” in Valborg Theatre. She has performed at the Town Theatre in Columbia, S.C., the Workshop Theatre at the University of South Carolina and the Abbeville Opera House.

Also appearing in the play are Tom Quick as Hoke and Andy Omundson as Boolie Werthan.

Quick’s credits include roles in “The Foreigner,” “Night Watch,” “A Christmas Carol” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Omundson’s credits include roles in “Greater Tuna,” “A Tuna Christmas,” “The Odd Couple,” “On Golden Pond” and “I Hate Hamlet.” He is active with the Abbeville Opera House’s summer theatre.

Michael Genevie, executive director of the Abbeville Opera House, will direct the play. He received an MFA degree in directing from the Florida State University School of Theatre and has directed more 130 professional productions throughout the country.

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