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Reviving Story Telling in The Face of Technology
Clayton State University theatre graduate Kalani Fraser (Fayetteville), under commission from Stately Oaks Plantation, has written and is producing a remarkable portrayal of the city of Jonesboro to be performed by the students of the Clayton State Theater, under the direction of Phillip Depoy. Scheduled to show dates are Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton State Theatre, room 132 of the University’s Arts & Sciences Building.
“Moonshine and Magnolias” will take you back as far as the year 1845, telling more than 20 different stories of 90 different characters. The cast of Clayton State Theater students will take on multiple parts, as many as seven each. This city of Jonesboro’s wide spanning, rich history will be showcased, including “The Battle of Jonesboro,” which took place from Aug. 31, 1864 to Sept. 1, 1864. Events that shaped this community will be relived right before the audience’s eyes!
It’s also a story that comes into the present-day. Fraser has declared that, as we move deeper into the technological age, there is emerging a great disconnect between the generations, both for the people and the community. She tells of the importance of story telling.
“Story telling is one of our greatest tools, it forces us to make a personal connection and the more we listen the more we will hear our own stories,” she says. “Come out learn of Jonesboro’s history and re-connect with your community!”
This production of “Moonshine and Magnolias” is a “workshop run.” Clayton State University’s Theater Department is showing Stately Oaks and Historical Jonesboro what the productions should look like. Beginning in the summer of 2012, the city of Jonesboro will tour a production of “Moonshine and Magnolias” modeled after the expertise of Clayton State’s theater department.
For more information on “Moonshine and Magnolias,” contact Maya C. Houston, PR representative, Clayton State Theater, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.