Courthouse drama to be presented in March

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Local playwright Frank Levering has announced the upcoming production of his drama “Thunder in the Hills”—the story of the Carroll County, VA Courthouse tragedy. The story focuses on the main characters involved in the events that led to the tragic shootout in the courthouse on March 14, 1912 and their families in the aftermath of that fateful day.

The cast, made up of local community members, will remain primarily the same as the original production in March 2012 which played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. Hillsville attorney Tom Jackson returns to his role as Floyd Allen, family patriarch, with Surry County storyteller and actor Terri Ingalls, returning as his wife Frances Allen.

Tickets will go on sale at the Carroll County Museum, Main Street, Hillsville on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Cost of each ticket is $20 and may be purchased at the museum; by phone (276-728-4113); by e-mail at carrollmuseum; or by mail (Courthouse Productions, 246 Brady Pike, Hillsville, VA 24343). Cash or checks (make payable to Courthouse Productions.

The play is scheduled for ten performances: Thursday March 6, Friday March 7, Saturday March 8 and Sunday March 9; Friday March 14, Saturday March 15, and Sunday March 16; Friday March 21, Saturday March 22, and Sunday March 23. All performances begin at 7 PM except the Sunday matinees which begin at 2 PM.

To add to your evening’s enjoyment, the Hale Wilkinson Carter Home Foundation at 405 N. Main Street, next door to the historical Carroll County Courthouse, is offering dinner for $10 each evening prior to Thunder in the Hills. All meals are home-cooked and include drinks and an assortment of homemade desserts. Reservations must be made by March 1 by calling 728-7737 or 728-2947. March 7-9 menu is Chicken Pie, Green Beans and Baked Apples. March 14-16 menu is Pintos and Cornbread, Slaw, Tomato Slices and Pickles. March 21-23 menu is a variety of Homemade Soups and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.


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