FOXFIRE - A tale of love and life in the mountains written by Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper.
Set in north Georgia, students from Rabun Gap-Nacoochie School began a creative project in the 1960’s interviewing and recording the stories of their grandparents' generation; pioneers who carved a joyous way of life out of the mountain. The play was produced on Broadway in 1982 starring Jessica Tandy, who won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance.
Outdoor “Sundown Picnic” performances are scheduled for October 2-4 at 5:30 pm in Hogansville’s Historic Amphitheatre. For tickets call 706-884-8361.
This is the 70th anniversary of the opening of Hogansville’s Amphitheatre, the historic, arboreal stone theatre located next door to Hogansville Elementary School on East Main Street.
Families “Bring-Your-Own-Basket” or buy food at the event! Picnic dinners will be provided by Roger’s Barbeque and Pizza Stop.
The Children’s Theatre is also thrilled to announce guest director D. Anthony Pender as keynote speaker for these performances (see bio). Ralph Lynch and Friends will provide salt-of-the-earth Bluegrass music starting at 5:00 pm.
ANNIE NATIONS, ERICA NASHAN
HECTOR NATIONS, JACK LEIDNER
DILLARD NATIONS, MATTHEW MANSOUR
PRINCE CARPENTER, BECKY DICKERSON
HOLLY, KRISTEN MANSOUR
DOCTOR, GRACE OLIVER
YOUNG ANNIE, KELLY FINLEY
CHILD ANNIE, ROSIE ARNOLD
CHILD HECTOR, ZACH FREEMAN
CHILD DILLARD, MORGAN HONAKER
CHILD HOLLY, SAVANNAH MANSOUR
D. Anthony Pender - Bio
Originally from a small town in central North Carolina, Tony’s first appearance on stage was as one of Doolittle's flunkies in a local high school production of My Fair Lady. He went on to study theatre and acting at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, appearing in a number of shows for the university and in local and regional theatre. After attending North Carolina School of the Arts, Tony performed in, designed, choreographed dance and combat, and directed stage productions throughout the southeast. He has won numerous directing awards for productions including Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, Proof, and, most recently, The Miracle Worker.
Tony is an award-winning actor, most notably receiving a Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Some of his other stage performances include Paul in A Chorus Line, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, Cornelius in Hello Dolly, and Dr. Carrassco in Man of LaMancha. His reputation as a Shakespearean actor has garnered praise for his performances as King Richard in Richard III, Prospero in The Tempest, the title role in Othello, and he recently performed in Romeo and Juliet with film actress Evan Rachel Wood. His television credits include Windmills of the Gods, Smokey and the Bandit-The Series, and several guest appearances on Matlock. His film acting credits include Ramblin' Rose, Road to Wellville, Twilight Zone-The Lost Episodes, and Radioland Murders.
From the beginning of his career, Tony has constantly been involved in coaching and educating young people. He began teaching at the Helen A. Higgins Montessori School in Wilmington, NC. He went on to develop educational programs and workshops throughout his home state and has been a guest lecturer at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College and Heritage Bible College. Over the last several years, Tony was the guiding force at a private performing arts academy where he worked diligently to foster young talent and provide career paths into the arts and entertainment industry. His students have gone on to perform on major television shows, in feature films, and off-Broadway.
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