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"Tales of the Tennessee Valley" to provide children’s theatre experience

Come enjoy “Tales from the Tennessee Valley,” a children’s summer theatre experience offered by the UTC Department of Theatre and Speech.

The plays are theatrical adaptations based on tales from Appalachian traditions, including:

  • a European-American point of view from the "Jack Stories;"
  • Cherokee influences from the adventures of the boy, "Lightning, son of Thunder,"
  • and an African-American perspective reflecting Zora Neale Hurston’s work.

Scheduled performances include:

  • Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m., on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Hall and African American Museum;
  • Friday, July 8, 1p.m. in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre of UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets;
  • Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m., in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre of the UTC Fine Arts Center;
  • Friday, July 15, 9:30 a.m., at the Bethlehem Community Center;
  • Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m., at the new Whiteside Park (on the new Greenway at MLK);
  • Thursday, August 11, 7 p.m., at the Creative Discovery Museum.

A University of Chattanooga Foundation grant is supporting "Tales of the Tennessee Valley."

While children ages 5-13 years old will enjoy the performances, the stories will also appeal to adults, according to Robert Duffy, head of the UTC Theatre Department.

Attendees for the outdoor performance are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Plans are underway to schedule additional performances at Chattanooga City Park and Recreation sites. For more information, please contact Robert Duffy at (423)425-4297 or (423)425-4374.

July 11, 2005

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