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Part of a legacy: Actress shares what it’s like to be in ‘Phantom of the Opera’

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent


Derrick Davis (The Phantom), left, and Eva Tavares (Christine Daae) are shown in a scene from the national touring production of "Phantom of the Opera." [Matthew Murphy

   DURHAM — A beloved classic and a spectacle   to see, the national tour of “The Phantom of the   Opera” is returning to the Durham Performing   Arts Center (DPAC) from Feb. 28 to March 11.
“The Phantom of the Opera” follows the story   of young opera prodigy Christine Daaé, who has been tutored by a mysterious man, the Phantom. When Raoul, a childhood sweetheart, comes back into her life, the opera house is thrown into turmoil. The show has a classic blend of romance and danger while boasting a gorgeous set and timeless songs.
Eva Tavares plays the role of Christine Daaé and in a recent interview shared her thoughts and experiences.
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Archery instruction for youth is April 3-4


   Burlington Recreation & Parks Department will offer Basic Archery Instruction for Youth — Compound Bow, April 3-4 at Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington.
Upcoming sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 for ages 9 to 12 and 9 a.m. to noon April 4 for ages 9 to 12 and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 4 for ages 13 to 16. Admission is free and all equipment will be provided.
Space is limited. All participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with a liability waiver on the day of the program. Archery equipment will be provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s North Carolina Hunter Education program through an enhancement federal grant from the Pittman-Robertson Act. Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy snack. They’ll need to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

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Area teen to compete in Miss Teen pageant

By Bill Cresenzo


A'Maya Smith, of Whitsett, is competing in the Miss Teen pageant in Charlotte on Feb. 25. [Photo submitted

A Whitsett teen is competing in the Miss Teen pageant in     Charlotte.
A’maya Smith, 16, will compete on Feb. 25 at the Queens   University of Charlotte’s Dana Auditorium.
A’maya, the daughter of Patricia Smith, currently attends   GTCC Middle College. She is a former student at Grove Park   and Highland elementary schools.
The preliminary interviews for the pageant were held   recently at the DoubleTree in Greensboro.
“The process was short and to-the-point,” she said. “I was   asked basic questions about my hobbies, strengths and   weaknesses, why I wanted to be in pageant, and what I   hoped to accomplish from it.”
A’maya says she is not sure how many other contestants   there are in total, “but if I had to guess, I’d say about 70. We   are split into different age groups, so I have not seen all of   the girls.”
She said she enjoys photography and being in front of the   camera. Her favorite subject is history.
“Mostly, I just study,” she said.
She plans to attend Winston-Salem State University.
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