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April 27, 2010

Away We Go!
Jules Corriere - Franklin County, Georgia

Rehearsals have officially started for "Ahhh Shot in the Arm". We had about 80 people last night turn out to pick up scripts, schedules, and renew friendships. Our Land of Spirit family is growing, as we've got lots of new people in the cast this year, and we are also happy to have some old-timers back!

I'd forgotten to mention some neat things about the public reading last month. One of the characters in the production, Mama Beth, was the wife to the beloved Dr. Ridgway. Her great granddaughter and great niece came to the reading wearing Mama Beth's hats and jewelry. The characters in this year's play are so in-touch with the people. All I keep hearing is "Oh, I remember that" and "That doctor treated me with the same cure". "Ooh, he was my mama's doctor, too!" I'm really excited to hear people so into their roles. We started table work last night, and I'm also really happy with how well the play is reading out of the mouths of the actors. It's sounding VERY Franklin County. We especially had fun with our cussing scene last night.

We had some special guests in town from Jonesborough yesterday, as well as some folks from Sanford here via phone conference, and they were all picking the brains of Land of Spirit leaders Judy, Genny and Vivian, and how they've been able to do such a remarkable job here. An example of their success was a call this weekend, and Mt Olive Church bought 40 tickets to the performance. People were calling for tickets for this year's show before tickets had even been printed yet!

Janna Browning is now here, too, and working with CPI full time as a director. We're all really happy to have added her and all of her expertise to our growing team.

Judy has started putting together the story wall, featuring pictures and descriptions of our story tellers and story characters. She and I will take a trip to the Ty Cobb museum this week, as Ty Cobb is a character in this year's play. He's from right here in Royston, and if it weren't for baseball, there wouldn't be a hospital, Since Ty is the one who fronted the money for it.

Today is in a bit of a scramble, as my car battery is official kaput and we're trying to get it at least jumped to take it to the auto place for a new one, while still trying to have some planning meetings before tonight's table work. BUt we'll get it all together. For now, the phones are ringing with ticket sales, the cast is abuzz learning their new roles, and Heather is finishing up the final 2 songs. And away we go!


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