Press release from Mars Hill University:
Mars Hill University’s Theatre Arts Department is honored to share its Appalachian culture with the students and community of Western North Carolina. The public performance of Jack Tales is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the Owen Theatre on the Mars Hill University campus. Also included in the performance schedule are five school matinees being performed at local schools.
Most of the Jack Tales come to the Appalachian Mountains from England. The tales are about a boy named Jack, who has two brothers, Tom and Will, who are always trying to get the best of Jack. But Jack always comes out on top. Some of the tales are about Jack and the king. Jack works for the king sometimes. Sometimes he kills giants, wild boars, and lions for the king. And it always seems like he ends up with the king’s girl. In the early 1900s, the Jack tales were told throughout the Mountains of North Carolina. Beech Mountain is where a lot of the tales come from.
The famous, local, self taught Appalachian Folk Artist Charley Frye has generously shared his talents with us by creating folk art of Jack and his friends for our productions.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with student identification, free for Mars Hill University Students and Staff. For more information, contact the box office at (828) 689-1389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.