The Carolina Moon Theater Group brings together a team of volunteers, performers and community members dedicated to collecting and preserving the stories of the town of Hertford and Perquimans County and bringing the performing arts to our community.
Over three years ago, we had a dream. We came together to pursue a common goal – to preserve the stories of Hertford by collecting oral histories for a folk-life play. Our first play, performed in October 2013, was based on the memories of the people of the town and county. The road was not an easy one. But we quickly recognized that anything worthwhile faces challenges and leads down adventurous paths. One of the benefits of this production was working with the amazing cross-section of our community. People shared their stories and remembrances, not only willingly, but enthusiastically! We, quite frankly, were overwhelmed by the passion of everyone we talked to. Our first play, written by Ray Sawyer and directed by Mary Cherry, was “A Time to Remember.” The play was set in the 1940’s and focused on Hertford before, during and after the war years and the many changes that took place. The result was three sold-out performances for a total of 375 people. Wow, to say we were pleased is a big understatement!
One play simply could not tell all the stories we gathered, so in October 2014, we had our next production. Entitled “Times are Changing in Hertford.” This play focused on the time period 1946 through 1957 and was written by Ray Sawyer. We quickly sold out the five performances scheduled and, unfortunately, again had to turn away people who wanted to attend. A total of 430 people attended the performances!
So, ever evolving, we moved to other performances offering some different venues for all to enjoy! On January 16, 2016 we will offer an evening of music with the very popular band, Molasses Creek. Details on this can be found by clicking on Tickets! Our most recent production of Bull in a China Shop, directed by Tom Loughlin, met with great success! We again had a full house every night with all performances sold out! 300 people enjoying this comedy. We have now finalized our production scheduled for this season (September 2015 through August 2016). Be sure to mark your calendar with these dates so you don’t miss any event nights! Watch this website for more information on auditions and tickets sale dates. Every night is sure to be another sell-out! Our next play “Anybody Out There?” will be performed on May 6, 7, & 8 so be sure to get your tickets early! Why not come and audition?? No experience is necessary! Our summer performance will be an evening of music with Kudzu Junction who will bring us music from the 50s and 60s on July 23rd. Our last play of this season will be on October 13, 14 and 15th. Watch for details on this one!!
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