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News from The Center for Art & Inspiration


Hendersonville, NC –  A new destination for theatre and the arts will anchor South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville when The Center for Art & Inspiration opens its doors at 125 S. Main on February 23, 2019.

A vision of theatrical writer and producer Jeanie Linders, the project also brings to the area a pop-up Malaprop’s Books, the renowned independent bookstore in downtown Asheville, and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar featuring the gourmet roasts of Independent Beans of Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue Historic District.

Located in the building currently occupied by Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, The Center will include professional theatre from Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre under the direction of Broadway veteran Jimmy Ferraro (including My Big Fat Italian Murder Mystery, The Improper RoyalTea Murder and Murder on the High C’s) to The Center Stage “Star” Series featuring “Liberace,”  “Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis,”  “John Denver,” and “Barbra.”   International touring shows to be presented by The Center at Blue Ridge Community College’s Bo Thomas Auditorium include In The Mood, the 1940s Big Band Musical Revue and the original London production ABBAMANIA.  A Repertory Theatre Troupe will be showcased in Off-Broadway’s Buyer and Cellar and Church Basement Ladies.

Locating to The Center from Ft. Lauderdale, Dream Child Productions will bring a season of shows for children under the direction of founder Andrew Fiacco.   Included in family programming will be events such as Disney’s FROZEN Sing-A-Long.

Also on the opening schedule are the Hendo Story Club, a series of creative art classes including Zentangle®, Images in Words, Peeps & Chix H20 Color, plus Stand-Up Comedy 101 and 2ND SUNDAYS with musicians, storytellers, author talk-backs and more.

“It’s an ambitious schedule,” according to Founder Jeanie Linders, “but we have a team of professionals who are very committed to making this happen for our area.   Having a meet-and-greet facility that can serve as a community destination for arts, entertainment and the opportunity to meet like-minded people has always been a dream of mine. 

I believe that the continued growth of Henderson and nearby counties will make The Center the go-to alternative for top quality offerings in our backyard as opposed to down the road in Asheville.”

NOTE: TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ALL SCHEDULED SHOWS AT  Special pre-opening discounts, group sales savings and other information are available by calling 828-697-8547.  The Center for Art & Inspiration including Malaprop’s Books and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar will be open Tuesday through Sunday.



APRIL @ The Center

April sees the return of My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner. If you think you’ve already seen it . . . you are mistaken! The show is re-staged and ready to confound and delight you! Make your reservations now as tickets are selling fast. Shows are April 26 and 27 starting at 6 pm.

Hendo Story Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at The Center. The April 4 meeting is hosted by local storyteller and musician Joshua Dunkin. The theme for the evening is “Dues”. What you are owed, what you must pay, just rewards and just punishments–dues swing from one extreme to the other. Which side is your story on? Come at 7 pm to share your story or to become caught up as people share their five-minute stories. Hendo Story Club meets every First Thursday at The Center and is $10 at the door.

Mark your calendars for a special date for 2nd Sundays: April 7 at 3 pm. The distinct blend of storytelling and music makes 2nd Sundays @ The Center a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon. This month we present Becky Stone performing as Maya Angelou and music by the Leo Bjorlie Jazz Ensemble.

Becky Stone, born and raised in Philadelphia, attended public schools, then Vassar in drama, and Villanova in education. She worked in Philadelphia schools until she moved to WNC with her husband to raise a family. A librarian heard Becky reading to her children and recruited her to tell stories. A storyteller was born! Becky did her first Chautauqua character, Pauli Murray, in 2003 for Greenville, drawing on her storytelling and acting background. Additional characters include: Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou – all premiered in Greenville. Becky participates in the Asheville arts scene and has performed in Chautauquas in Ohio and Colorado.

To reserve a seat for 2nd Sunday, please purchase tickets online or call the box office at 828-697-8547. NOTE: TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ALL SCHEDULED SHOWS AT Special pre-opening discounts, group sales savings and other information are available by calling 828-697-8547. The Center for Art & Inspiration located at 125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville, including Malaprop’s Books and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar will be open Tuesday through Sunday.

CONTACT: KATHY WUTTKE      828-697-8547



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