Directed by Eddy Daniel
“Spoon River, Spoon River is calling you home.” The haunting words and melodies of this song and many like it are interwoven throughout the stories of the individual men, women, and children who lived, loved, worked, and died in the fictional town of Spoon River, Illinois, in the years following the end of the Civil War. Here are doctors, teachers, preachers, gamblers, soldiers, housewives, expatriates, and scalawags. Some were immigrants, some were natives. Some led lives of rich experience, some lived and died in tragic poverty. Each character tells his or her own story, rising from the town cemetery on a hill overlooking the sleepy little town to speak of death, life, love, laughter, tragedy, comedy, and the conditions of the times. One of the richest examples of classic American literature, Edgar Lee Masters’ SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY has been adapted by Charles Aidman and enriched with folk music from the time period. The result is a wonderfully crafted journey back through one of the most tragic, and yet hopeful, times in the history of America.
Auditions: December 18, 2017 - 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal: December 19, 2017 - January 25, 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Performances: January 26, 2018 - 7:30pm
January 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Directed by Ray Pearce
Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.
Auditions: January 2 & 3 2018 - 7:30-9:00pm
Rehearsal: January 4, 2018 - February 15, 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Performances: February 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
February 17, 2018 - 7:30pm
February 18, 2018 - 3:00pm
Auditions: February 19 & 20, 2018 - 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal: February 21, 2018 - April 26, 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Performances: April 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
April 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.