Smart bets: Rural Academy Theater

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 for more local dates. Photo courtesy of Rural Academy Theater


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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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2 thoughts on “Smart bets: Rural Academy Theater

  1. theatre lover

    Did anyone see this? How was it? What was it? Did the MX reviewer see it?

    • Kat McReynolds

      I did not see it, but there are still several opportunities in WNC, including a performance in Leicester tonight. Check out the link at the bottom of the article for other upcoming dates and more information about the show. Old Fort, Black Mountain and LEAF will all get an appearance this month!

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