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Spooky in the cemetery: ‘A Spot On The Hill’ returns to Jonesborough

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The popular annual play “A Spot on the Hill” written by Heritage Alliance director Anne G’Fellers-Mason, usually performs before sold-out crowds at the historic cemetery in Jonesborough, and features stories about the people buried there. 

This year, due to COVID-19, the cast was unable to perform as usual. However, the Heritage Alliance is partnering with the StoryTown Radio Show this month to present a combined production “A Spot on the Hill: On the Air!”

 “Anne and I have collaborated on so many projects together,” explained Jules Corriere, McKinney Center Outreach Program Director and the writer and director of the StoryTown series. “When I heard that she was not going to be able to do her production, I realized that our monthly StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast could provide an opportunity for the play to still take place- but as a radio style program,”  

When Corriere presented the idea to Mason, they both agreed it would be a great opportunity. The cast of “A Spot on the Hill,” many of whom are regular performers on the StoryTown radio show and podcast, will perform their play after all. 

Corriere will book-end the performance with two or three local ghost stories to round out the hour, and the production will be presented as a livestream on the StoryTown Facebook page as well as its own podcast episode on the StoryTown podcast channel.

 “I’m really happy that this important and creative work by the Heritage Alliance will still be presented, even if it is in a different format,” Corriere said. 

“I really support the work of the Heritage Alliance, and all they do for the community.”

The livestream event will take place virtually on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. 

The audio version will air on WETS 89.5 FM Johnson City on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., and the podcast will be available starting Friday, Oct. 30 on the StoryTown podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts.

The StoryTown Radio Show is sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is a project out of the McKinney Center and Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.