Buddy Holly is Back at HART

Aug 06, 2014

Four years ago Mark Jones blew audiences away when he appeared on the HART stage as Buddy Holly in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”

Ever since HART Executive Director Steve Lloyd has been asked repeatedly if he could bring the show back. Well, recreating a production is virtually impossible but Lloyd and Jones have come up with a good substitute.

“The Buddy Holly Summer Dance Party” will try to recreate the feel of the 1950’s bringing back the music of Holly and the Crickets, along with the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Patsy Cline in an all music evening complete with hamburgers and hot dogs.

The idea to create the event, which will benefit HART’s building fund, grew last spring and originally was conceived as an event that would happen outdoors under a tent. As the summer progressed, however, it became clear that the August heat and chance of rain were not worth it, so the performers will be on the HART main stage.

Doors to the lobby will be kept open to encourage people to dance, and the food, which is included in the ticket price, will be allowed into the theater. The hope is that the three performances will capture the sock hop atmosphere of the concerts Holly gave.

In addition to Jones, Strother Stingley will perform again as The Big Bopper, Tabitha Judy will perform Patsy Cline and James Hendley will sing the hits of Richie Valens. This is intended to be nothing more than a great way to hear some great music.


HART presents 'The Buddy Holly Summer Dance Party'

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 10

All adult tickets cost $25

Includes hamburgers, hot dogs  and lemonade

Proceeds benefit HART’s building fund

Box Office Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Call 456-6322 for reservations

Tickets available online at www.harttheatre.com

Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. Waynesville, NC 28786