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Rural Academy Theater rolls into Boone Oct. 3-5

BOONE—The Rural Academy Theater from Burgaw will bring its innovative blend of music, theater, film and puppetry to the High Country Oct. 3-5.

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The theatre group will perform Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Appalachian State University’s Sanford Mall and at Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Homestead at Horn in the West in Boone.

Both performances are free. Students and others interested in being a part of the performance should contact Anna Ward in the Department of Theatre and Dance at or 828-262-6971. A rehearsal will be held Oct. 3.

The performances are sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, a Sustainability Council arts grants, the sustainable development program, School of Music and Department of Art, and the general education program, and the Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA).

A horse-drawn wagon serves as the stage for the troupe’s vaudeville-style presentation that includes a bicycle-powered silent cinema and an Appalachian-Balkan-brass-Klezmer-Dixieland-string quartet, audience-manipulated kinetic sculptures and the troupe’s signature low-tech theater appliances.

The theatre troupe was founded by brothers Gabriel and Noah Harrell. Joining the Harrell brothers on the Rural Academy Theatre’s inaugural tour are Hannah Temple, Erin Bell, Craig Judleman, Quince Marcum, Ali Boyce, Caleb Bark and Jennifer Witkowski.

For more information about the troupe, visit