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Jonesborough's McKinney Center looking hosting auditions for "Life Lines" play

Johnson City Press • Nov 18, 2019 at 8:41 AM

The Jonesborough StoryTown Initiative will present a brand-new play based on stories drawn from local community members.

The play, “Life Lines” is written by the McKinney Center’s Jules Corriere, and focuses on the lives of ordinary people who encounter extraordinary life circumstances. Residents from Old Butler, which was flooded in 1948 by the TVA to create Lake Watauga, deal with how to keep their community alive after their houses are moved, one by one, to other locations, among other stories. These experiences and many more are explored in the play, which asks a bigger question: How do you keep a community, or a family, or a life together, as it encounters unexpected obstacles?

Corriere will direct the play with E.C. Huff as Assistant Director. Corriere encourages community members from all backgrounds to attend auditions and be a part of the show.

“The stories come from and belong to the community. They should be the ones telling these important stories of their family, friends, and neighbors. There are roles for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.” She points out that the cast for these productions are large, in order to tell and honor so many important stories. “There are lots of roles for children, teens, young adults, and seniors. Everyone is welcome.”

This play from over forty oral stories that have been collected throughout the year by the members of the Jonesborough StoryTown Brigade. The Brigade members, who have been trained in interviewing individuals as well as holding story circles, provided a rich source of material for the play through these interviews.

Auditions will take place on Dec. 9 and 10 at the McKinney Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Scenes for reading will be provided. There will be original music in the play, so those who wish to audition for singing parts and solos may bring a prepared song.

The production also needs backstage and technical help. Those interested in volunteering for this production should also come to auditions and fill out a volunteer form. The play will be cast immediately after auditions, so cast members will have an opportunity to get familiar with their roles. Rehearsals will begin the first week in January, and the play will debut in February of 2020.

For more information, email Jules Corriere at the McKinney Center at [email protected] or reach her by phone at (423) 794-6320.

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