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.
Over two 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. One story led to another and another. 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 cannot tell all the stories we have gathered. So on October 16, 17, 18 and 19 of 2014 we will have our next production. Entitled “Times Are Changing,” our next play will focus on the time period 1946 through 1957. This play, too, will be written by Ray Sawyer. Be sure to mark your calendar with these dates so you are sure not to miss this production! Watch our website for more information and the date when tickets will go on sale. It is sure to be another sell-out!
In the interim, we are renovating 300 W. Grubb Street, our new home, so that our play can be performed there. If you would like to assist us with that goal, please click on the “Support Us” button. Whether you want to volunteer to help us or donate by buying a chair for our new theater – we welcome you support.