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RhinoLeap's ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ begins three-week run

ASHEBORO — RhinoLeap Productions begins a three-week run of “Driving Miss Daisy” on Friday night at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Ave, Asheboro. This co-production with Temple Theatre was running in Sanford before arriving in Asheboro.

The project is directed by Temple Theatre Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn. She is an award-winning actress, choreographer and director who has worked on Broadway, London’s West End and on national and international tours.

The role of Daisy is performed by Lynda Clark, who has performed on stage and screen for over 30 years.

The role of her chauffer, Hoke, is performed by Phillip Bernard Smith, who got his start at the NC Black Repertory Company and has performed in theater all over North Carolina.

Michael Jones rounds out the cast as Boolie. Michael began his career in Pittsburgh, PA, and has performed across the United States.

Weeknight shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Weekend matinees on Saturdays and Sundays begin at 2:30 p.m.

Show dates are:
— Friday-Sunday, Jan. 28-30, one show each day. (Opening night is sold out.)

— Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 2-6, with two shows on Saturday, Feb. 5.

— Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 9-13, with two shows on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Based in Asheboro, RhinoLeap is one of the fastest growing arts organizations in the state. It produces live theater and dance in multiple counties and holds after-school educational residencies in public high schools.

Digital media projects include:

n A new series for PBS North Carolina called “Making North Carolina” that focus on entrepreneurs from across the state.

n A weekly radio show in the Piedmont Triad called “Our Stories Told Here” that focuses on musicians and writers.

n A documentary series produced by the Black Empowerment Network telling the stories of North Carolina’s living black leaders.

All performances

Tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at www.rhinoleap.com and at Brightside Gallery, 170 Worth St., Asheboro.

Tickets to ALL RhinoLeap productions are free for ALL high school and college students living in Randolph County. Show up to ANY performance 30 minutes before showtime to get your free ticket.

Upcoming performances

April 23-May 8, 2022
Sunset Theatre, Asheboro
Written by Paul Slade Smith

June 18-July 3, 2022
George Washington Carver Center, Asheboro
Written by Nathan Alan Davis