Ferrum News

Jack Tale Players Celebrate 37th Season by Performing in Schools, Retirement Communities and Libraries.


A spring tour of 29 schools will be followed by free public performances.

Ferrum, Va. (May 11, 2012) - The Jack Tale Players will celebrate their 37th season by performing in elementary schools, retirement communities, and libraries. The group kicked off their spring tour the second week of May with a trip to Canton, Ga., where they performed several shows at Avery Elementary School. Upon their return to Virginia, they will perform at schools in Danville, Martinsville, and Franklin County. 

Later in the season, the Jack Tale Players will give a number of free public performances. First will be a production presented by Grayson County Public Library on June 14th in Independence. Next, Hollins University will include a Jack Tale Players performance on July 16th  at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Auditorium as part of the University's summer events. The Hollins production will be immediately followed with two performances on July 17th sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Library. The first will be at the main library in Rocky Mount at 10 a.m. The second will be at Westlake Library at 3 p.m.

Founded by R. Rex Stephenson in 1975, the Jack Tale Players perform Appalachian folklore and music, primarily dramatizing Blue Ridge Mountain stories about a boy named Jack and his adventures. A mountain family band performs music before, during, and after the stories. Instruments include the fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, spoons, Limber Jack, a washtub bass, and, sometimes, an oboe. To date the Jack Tale Players have performed nearly 3,000 shows for three-quarters of a million children and adults in 34 states and one foreign country.

The Jack Tale Players are part of the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre housed on the campus of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. For more information about the Jack Tale Players, contact brdt@ferrum.edu.

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