The Rural Academy Theater will “clop its way into your backyard and heart,” claims a press release by the horse-pulled production’s organizers. This year, the annual mobile mini-circus includes a slapstick interpretation of North Carolina’s pro-fracking legislation, a depiction of human presence on a geological timeline and an evening showing of Georges Méliès’ 1902 silent film, A Trip to the Moon, paired with a live score by The Rural Academy Orkestar. The theater offers off-the-beaten-path communities a convenient serving of culture despite increasing urbanization nationwide. The clopping pauses at Penland School of Crafts on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.; Arthur Morgan School in Burnsville on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.; and Marshall High Studios on Tuesday, Oct.7, at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $5-$20. Visit ruralacademytheater.com for more local dates. Photo courtesy of Rural Academy Theater
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