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Back in the saddle

It’s been a while since the last posting. I promise that I have not forgotten about the blog. However, I have grossly miscalculated my commitments. Something had to take a hiatus, and this blog is what took the hit.

That being said, it is time to return to what makes the South what it is. Or at least to show a side that many never see.

One of my more recent endeavors, takes the form of a stage play. This December, Acclaimed director Peter Jackson, will release the first film in his trilogy of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Personally, I am greatly looking forward to this film. So, I decided that our local arts organization should capitalize on it.

Therefore, we are performing our rendition of “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit dramatized by Patricia Gray.” While it is not completely accurate to the novel, it is a well written attempt that gets the kids involved and allows them to have a great deal of fun.

Directing this show has been a great pleasure and a new opportunity for us to perform daytime shows for the local schools.

We live in an extremely rural community. The poverty rate among our high school students is over 60%. Yet, there are still those in our community willing to put time and effort into the arts. To give students positive experiences that will help build confidence and work to remove that dreaded fear of speaking (or performing) in front of a group.

Again, we may be a rural community, but that doesn’t mean that we all spend our time in the backwoods with no shoes on (not that there is anything wrong with that, Hobbits don’t wear shoes either).

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