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! In the works is an evening of jazz music on July 25th with Connected, a very popular local band. Details on this can be found by clicking on Tickets! Our most recent production of Over the River and Through the Woods, directed by Tom Loughlin, met with great success! All performances were sold out with 300 people enjoying this comedy. We are now finalizing details for our next production scheduled for October 16, 17 & 18th. Be sure to mark your calendar with these dates so you do not want to miss this production! Watch this website for more information on auditions and tickets sale dates. It is sure to be another sell-out! Plans for the rest of our season include another night of music around February (think Valentine’s Day!) and our next play in May 2016.
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