Land of Spirit, Franklin County's Folk Life Play is beginning its ninth season in 2016. This year's play "Aunt Annie's Amazing Attic" will begin June 17th, 2016 at 7:30 PM.
The first show, The Last Hard Times, was held in 2008 with Gas Sugar Nylons and Chocolate Bars as the 2009 production, Ahh, Shot in the Arm in 2009, The Secret Quilt in 2011, the 2012 show Front Porch Stories and "Under the Magnolia" in 2013. The 2014 and 2015 shows were based on a "feudin" between the five municipalities located within Franklin County.These plays are real, true life stories from those who grew up or have lived in Franklin and surrounding counties of Northeast Georgia.
Local volunteers play an important part in the production of the folk life play. They first gather stories from local people in the area. Then, auditions are held and actors selected from volunteer community citizens. Age range for the 50+ actors in each of the productions has been from age 4 to 92 and they rehearse for six weeks prior to the opening of a show. There has been an incredible amount of local talent that has emerged to produce these eight very successful, plays.
Community Performance, Inc., a professional community theater group, was hired to write and direct the plays the first four years, For the 2012 Front Porch Stories, a local team of Charity Moon Henry and Logan Davison wrote and directed. Another important member of the Land of Spirit team is local composer Heather McCluskey. Heather writes a minimum of four original songs for each production and is composer of the Land of Spirit Theme Song. The 2016 Production will be written and directed by Heather.
Volunteer citizens work in: concessions; ticket sales; vehicle parking; costumes; make up and hair styling; acquisition or construction of props; and numerous other duties that it takes to put on a production of this magnitude.
Land of Spirit will make you laugh, cry and thoroughly entertain you. Be sure to catch the show!
Upcoming performances: December 9th, 10th and 11th.
General admission is $14, children 12 and under is $7.