Appling Co. Living 2015 - Page 62

“The band was well worth the price of admission, even if we hadn’t even had a play,” one person said. “It kept my toe tapping and my hands slapping the whole time.” The play highlights Appling County history and is based loosely on Caroline Miller’s PulitzerPrize-winning book, Lamb in His Bosom. 60 Appling County Living Caroline Miller—Miss Carrie—is the main char acter in the play. As she relates many of the sagas for the people seated in the drug store with her, the audience can see the vignettes being performed on stage. Local folks turned actors are bringing history to life before the audience’s eyes. And off to the left of the stage is Station No.7, the band, which is one of the main attractions. Old gospel songs like “I’ll Fly Away” and “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” intermingle with bluegrass like “Shady Grove” and “In the Pines,” the signature piece of the whole production. The band members are local musicians who had never played together before this production. However, they sound as if they’ve been practicing together their whole lives. “The band was well worth the price of admission, even if we hadn’t even had a play,” one person said. “It kept my toe tapping and my hands slapping the whole time.” Several months ago, local playwright Laurie Jo Upchurch approached the Appling County Arts Council with the idea for this play, and the group joined her to bring it to fruition. What a wonderful production then came from that union! People in the community joined together to make it happen. Stage hands, painters, lawyers, clerks, ministers, and many, many other people devoted hours of work to create the finished product. Once again, Appling County citizens united to make something wonderful happen, which is not unusual. The Arts Council simply served as the catalyst to start and organize the project. The people did the work.