From STAFF REPORTS
This month, the Yarn Exchange is honoring Memorial Day with a special performance in the style of a radio play. Set in the 1940s and drawn from local and regional stories, the play focuses on several real-life heroes and heroines, both overseas and on the home-front, facing difficult experiences, life-changing choices, and tough love born of hard times. What shines through is an indomitable, independent spirit unique to this part of the country.
Follow Katie and Jack, high school sweethearts torn apart as Jack leaves school to join the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor. As Jack leaves his hometown, another character, Frances, comes to Jonesborough in search of her long-lost family, and unravels a mystery held inside of the stitching of her mother’s quilt. Meanwhile, the men’s antics at the hardware store helps remind their neighbors that even in difficult times, it is important to find a way to laugh.
Brittany Kyte Whitson joins the cast this month, playing Katie, and singing an original torch song written by music director and composer Brett McCluskey with lyrics by Heather McCluskey.
Adding to the musical powerhouse of this uplifting production, opera sensation Tatum Spears, who electrified audiences last year with her emotional rendition of pieces such as “Mio Bambino,” joins the show with another set of beautiful music.
The Yarn Exchange Radio Show will perform on Memorial Day, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center. Tickets for this performance are $5 and can be purchased online at Jonesborough.com/tickets or by calling the Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010. Seating is limited, and advance tickets are recommended. The production is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is part of the Storytown Initiative through the McKinney Center.