New community theater takes stage in November

Chandra Burl (left), who will play Ruth Ann in the play “Faith County,” auditions for lines with Director Amy Garrett at All Saints’ Episcopal Church last week.

 Staff Writer

   The play “Faith County” takes places in rural Arkansas, but according to the director, it could be anywhere – even Grenada.
   “It’s a domestic comedy, akin to ‘Steel Magnolias,’” said Amy Garrett, who is taking the director’s chair on the community theater project that’s set to take the stage in November at the high school auditorium.
   Rehearsals are underway and the nine-person cast is being chosen. Three-hour evening practices begin around the first of September at All Saints Episcopal Church.
   “We need to fill all three male rolls and two female rolls, all ages 18 and older,” said Garrett.
   “The author, Mark Landon Smith, is from Arkansas, and the play deals with country people getting together and participating in the county fair,” said Garrett, who said she wanted to bring some form of community performance art to the Lake City. Garrett previously studied the play at Northwest Community College.
   The performance will be Nov. 15 with a matinee on Nov. 16.
   The comedy should last around two hours, with a 15-minute intermission, Garrett said.
   Consultant Harry Snelling said Grenada is ripe for a community theater play.
   “It’s a good way for people to be involved in something and to have a good time doing it,” said Snelling. “It brings people together and it’s a great way to expose younger people to the arts.”
   To inquire about rehearsals contact Garrett at (662) 809-4027 or message her on Facebook.

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