“Something Wonderful” is coming to the Morganton Community House on Friday, Nov. 16. 

The dinner and music show, sponsored by the Burke Theater Guild Inc., will feature Broadway and holiday selections performed by outstanding local talent. The buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the show following at 7 p.m., which will last approximately 90 minutes.

“We presented a similar program last year called, ‘Some Enchanted Evening,’ and it was a complete sell-out,” said director Phyllis Garrison. “Before the audience left the room, many of them were asking if we planned to do this again. Plus, the cast members enjoyed it so much that they were all eager for another opportunity.”

The show will feature music from Broadway shows, including “The King and I,” “Les Miserables,” “Wicked,” “Carousel,” and others. Plus, this year, they plan to usher in the Christmas season with some holiday selections as well.

Featured performers will include Mara Walker, Tyler Evatt-Young, Martha and William Keith Watts, Teresa Burns, Olivia Amos, Christopher Honsaker and Kelly S. Taylor. 

Many local residents know Walker as the popular choral music director at Freedom High School. She has been a featured soloist with the Hickory Choral Society and the Western Piedmont Symphony and is much in demand as a performer. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from Lenoir-Rhyne University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree during the summer program at Florida State University. Her stage performances include Mabel in Old Colony’s 2015 production of "The Pirates of Penzance" and Guenevere in the Burke Theater Guild’s 2017 production of "Camelot."

Evatt-Young is a native of Burke County who has taught music at Burke County Public Schools and Catawba Valley Community College. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Appalachian State University, where he is presently employed. He also serves as music director at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone and for the outdoor drama "Horn in the West." He has extensive experience in musical theater, opera and oratorio work. His most recent local performances were as Frederic in "The Pirates of Penzance" in 2015 with Old Colony Players and as Lancelot in "Camelot" in 2017 with the Burke Theater Guild.

William Keith and Martha Watts both have degrees in music from Mars-Hill College (now Mars-Hill University) and have extensive experience performing in musical theater and many other styles of music and acting. 

Burns will provide piano music during the dinner.

Amos, a senior at FHS, will offer a performance, including a duet with Walker, who is her teacher. 

Honsaker, a Burke County native, lived and studied in New York for 24 years and has won numerous acting awards for his performances at Hickory Community Theater and other local organizations. 

Taylor, also a Burke County native, taught communications and theater at the college level for many years and has written extensively on the arts of readers’ theater and storytelling.

“All of our cast members have many years of performance experience,” Garrison adds. “We are fortunate to have them share their talents with our community.”

Tickets for “Something Wonderful” dinner and show are $25. Tickets for the show only are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.burketheaterguild.com, or call or text 828-439-5348.

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