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Students to perform excerpts from novel

Students to perform excerpts from novel

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11.10.2005Arts & EntertainmentCurriculum Programs

PITTSBORO — A few Central Carolina Community Collegern (CCCC) students will help bring the stories of pre-Civilrn War Appalachia to life.

rn The CCCC “Readers Theatre” class, which meetsrn Thursday evenings at the college’s Pittsboro campus,rn will perform staged excerpts from “My Old Truern Love,” a novel by Sheila Kay Adams set in an 1840srn North Carolina mountain community.

rn Ellen Bland, who teaches the class, chose the work byrn Adams, a North Carolina author and singer, because itrn is the featured novel for this year’s Pittsbororn Memorial Library Community Read program.

rn According to Bland, the story reads much like an oldrn traditional ballad or folk song and the characters inrn the book all carry on a tradition of passing down folkrn songs, many of which originated in England a hundredrn years before.

rn Along with the excerpts, a group of local musicians willrn perform songs from the book and about the book's themes.rn The musicians include "Fiddlin'" Al McCanless,rn Virginia Ryan, Janet Place, Drew Lasater, Bland, Davidrn Misenheimer and Audrey Schwankl.

rn The performance will be held Thursday, November 17, inrn the Pittsboro campus multipurpose room at 7:30 p.m.

rn This marks the third year The Friends of the Pittsbororn Memorial Library has held its Community Read program. “Thern Friends of the Library have been extraordinarily successfulrn in their past two community reads, really building community,” Blandrn said.

rn “rn Our goal as an organization is to build community byrn having everyone read and discuss the same book,” saidrn Jennifer Gillis, 2006 Community Read coordinator. “Wern wanted to establish a partnership with Ellen Bland's ‘Readersrn Theatre’ class because we knew that the wildlyrn successful play ‘Millworker’ was born torn be a vehicle for such a class two years ago.”

rn “rn Millworker,” a critically acclaimed play that chroniclesrn the lives of southern mill workers during the Great Depression,rn was directed, produced and co-authored by Bland and recentlyrn received the NC Theatre Conference’s 2005 Communityrn Theatre Award.

rn “rn The plot of ‘My Old True Love’ revolves aroundrn love, traditions, traditional music, rivalry and thern coming of the Civil War,” Gillis explained. “Becausern it is written in Appalachian dialect and includes snippetsrn of traditional songs, this book practically begged forrn a performance.”

rn The Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library will bern accepting donations at the performance. Proceeds willrn benefit the library in Pass Christian, Mississippi, whichrn was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

rn Gillis said the community read is an event that was establishedrn in Seattle, Washington several years ago by librarianrn Nancy Pearl and has since spread all over the country.rn For more information on the program, contact chairpersonrn Margaret Tiano at For additionalrn information on the performance, contact Bland at (919)rn 718-7242