Stokes County Arts Council provided a humorous journey down memory lane, at Hanging Rock State Park this weekend with “Side by Side Stories” Readers Theater, at the Historic Bath House on Saturday and Sunday for two evening performances.
Presented by the talented casts of Julie Morgan, Barbara Freas, and Ron Morgan, “Side by Side Stories” was a dramatic presentation of adventure, tradition, comedy, and folktale stories that transported the audience to a different time and place, with a few lessons learned along the way.
“I thought it went well. It was a wonderful crowd,” said performer Julie Morgan. “We thought this would be a fun thing to do. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and we just wanted to bring a little happiness.”
The money raised went back to the Stokes County Arts Council with proceeds benefiting student scholarships.
“Because this is such a rural area, things like this are important. It really brings people of all backgrounds together and you don’t have to travel outside of the county to be a part of it,” Morgan said.
The event was originally planned to honor Bob Carroll, a local author and historian, who lived to be over 100-years-old. And while the trio shared an award winning essay written by Carroll, a more in depth performance is scheduled for the fall of 2017.
“The stories are really a journey to a time and place that only exists in our memory, so I expect the audience experienced laughter and a few reminiscing tears,” said Eddy McGee, Director of the Stokes County Arts Council.
The fact and fictional tales included “The Bob Carroll Story”, “The Train Station”, “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law”, “The CCC”, “The Fisherman and His Wife” and others.
For more information about upcoming events, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.