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Auditions, volunteer meeting scheduled for Telling Jonesborough’s Stories performance

Last year, Jonesborough residents and community members shared their stories and memories of Tennessee’s oldest town.
Now, in 2011, they will see those stories come to life on stage in an epic performance by the same community members who shared their stories.
A theater production, crafted using community-submitted stories, will debut in the spring and the production of “I Am Home,” under the umbrella title of “Jonesborough Yarn Exchange,” will be performed by community members at the McKinney Center at the Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough as part of the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.
Community performance is not theater as you know it. These productions have an impact on the community that far reaches into the community after the production’s close.
People of different races, backgrounds and ages are brought together in such a way that actually creates a bond among them that facilitates the bridging of cultural and racial differences. These bonds not only happen with the cast, but also with the hundreds of people who attend the performances who are moved by the stories and actors in the play.
In addition, when these stories are shared among individuals through the performances, tolerance and understanding are cultivated and people feel a pride for and are more connected to their community.
A true community project at heart, the play will be acted by residents of Jonesborough and Washington County.
Participants do not need prior theater experience, but instead an interest in Jonesborough and desire to be involved with this community-driven project.
Auditions will be held at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 18, from 5-8p.m.
All auditionees will be able to participate in the production.
In addition to acting roles, additional support is needed in several areas including clerical work, flyer distributors, lighting design, set building, costume design, makeup application, and more.
Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend a volunteer meeting at the Visitors Center on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 7-9 p.m.
The play is set to open April 28 and run through May 21. Evening performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with matinee performances presented at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Ticket sales begin March 1 and will be available online at www.jonesboroughtn.org or through the Jonesborough Visitors Center by calling 753-1010.
“I Am Home” is one piece of the community-based program, Telling Jonesborough’s Stories.
For more information about Jonesborough’s community storytelling program or the play, contact the Town of Jonesborough at 791-3869 or the International Storytelling Center at (800) 952-8392, ext. 226.