The Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC is a center of community and cultural activity, providing quality entertainment to residents of Western North Carolina and North Georgia. People who have attended performances at Peacock Performing Arts Center know that it is a gem of superior quality. Those who haven’t attended yet are in for a stunning surprise: big city entertainment in a quiet mountain town.
Built in the 1980s as the result of Lilith Lidseen’s dream of creating a performing arts center for the people of this area, the theater boasts 250 comfortable seats, superior sound and lighting, and a steady flow of stellar performances including four plays a year that make audiences laugh, swoon, or shake in their boots; musical concerts of great variety; and family entertainment such as juggling and magic shows. It is also available for rentals.
Miss Lidseen, who has been described as part Auntie Mame and part Noel Coward sophisticate, loved this community and the performing arts. The construction of the Peacock fulfilled her dream, even though she was not alive when it was completed in 1986. Today, under the management of the Lilith Lidseen Performing Arts Association, the center not only features community theater and live music, but ballroom dance classes and children’s drama camps. Still on the agenda for this season are the latest installment in our popular Songwriters Showcase series on September 12, a mystery/thriller, A Sting in the Tale, October 9-11 and 16-18, and two special events — War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of WWII, and the holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life, Live from WVL Radio Theatre on December 18.
Volunteers dedicate themselves to preserving and expanding the Peacock, which is a nonprofit. True to its mission as a community performing arts center, the Peacock was recently annexed voluntarily into Hayesville city limits. According to Mayor Harry Baughn, “it’s a symbiotic thing that helps both the city and the Peacock.”