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Touring Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina

BOONE — The Touring Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina will present the stage production “This Is the Place Where I Live,” a celebration of 100 years of North Carolina poetry, Saturday, April 21 at Appalachian State University.

The free performance will be in the Linville Falls Room of Plemmons Student Union from 7:30-9 p.m.

“This Is the Place” draws on the rich heritage of 20th century poetry created by writers who call North Carolina home. It includes poems by Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Carolyn Beard Whitlow, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Guy Owen and 42 other poets.

TTENC director Brenda P. Schleunes has woven the poems with music that includes gospel, blues, spirituals and folk songs of North Carolina. Five actors and two musicians sing, shout and strum their way through tales of love, loss, work and relation to the land.

This lively, pithy 90-minute production has been performed for high school, college and adult audiences throughout the state.

The poems in the production are selections from Word and Witness:

100 Years of North Carolina Poetry, an anthology developed under the auspices of the North Carolina Poetry Society. The book contains poems by 137 poets, including the Boone writers John Foster West and Hilda Downer. The Poetry Society, with the encouragement of North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell, commissioned Schleunes and the TTENC to create a stage adaptation of the poems.

The Appalachian State University Department of English, the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective and the North Carolina Humanities Council are sponsoring the performance. For more information about the performance or the anthology, call Sharon A. Sharp at 828-264-6870 or e-mail sharpsa@boone.net.

Sharp, the current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, teaches part time in Appalachian’s Department of English and works on projects with the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective.

Copies of Word and Witness will be on sale following the performance.

The TTENC, now in its 19th season, is a Greensboro-based professional, nonprofit company noted for bringing the written word to life. The group’s mission is to promote literacy and the desire to read through the performing arts, as well as to present issues and themes that foster understanding of and sensitivity to individual, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Questions about programs and booking of performances can be directed to Brenda P. Schleunes at 336-272-1279 or perform@ttenc.org. The TTENC Web address is www.ttenc.org.

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