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Grace Among the Leavings Debuts at the Roxy Regional Theatre

By | June 21, 2016 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Clarskville's Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – Local author Beverly Fisher was present in theotherspace at the Roxy Regional Theater on Monday, June 20th, as her novella “Grace Among the Leavings” turned dramatic presentation debuted in Clarksville.

Based on Fisher’s family research and Civil War gleanings, “Grace Among The Leavings” tells the story of eleven-year-old Grace Meadows and her family’s hard times in the wake of war.

It features Ava DoVanne, a rising seventh grader, in the starring role. As Grace, DoVanne showed her command of the script and the stage in her performance.

“Grace Among the Leavings” at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

“Grace Among the Leavings” at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Fisher, a graduate of Gallatin High School, the University of Memphis and Vanderbilt Law School, served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. She is now in private practice in both Clarksville and Nashville, where her focus is on Social Security Disability cases.

Based partially on observations of her grandparents who live in Sumner County and additionally on Civil War recollections of her grandfather concerning an ancestor who participated in the war. “Grace Among the Leavings” was published by Thorncraft Publishing owned by Shana Thornton of Clarksville. Kitty Madden was editor of the project.

Additional information can be gleaned at www.thorncraftpublishing.com/grace-among-the-leavings.html

Ava DoVanne playing Grace Meadows in “Grace Among The Leavings”

Ava DoVanne playing Grace Meadows in “Grace Among The Leavings”

The original script was written by Dennis Darling and Karl Catton. John McDonald not only refined the play through an additional adaptation but directed the production as well.

Workshop participants were Sidney McCarty, Jesse Boyle, Truman Jepson, Lauren Mund, Emma Petrie, Madeline O’Connor, and Georgia Smith.

The cast was as follows:

Grace Meadows……………..Ava DoVanne
Grandma……………………. Jewel Stewart
Grandpa……………………. Austin Stewart
General……………………..Marlon Cuevas
Yankee Soldier…………….….Lauren Mund
Confederate Soldier……………..Jesse Boyle
Preacher………………………Robert Mullen
Miss Caroline…………………Georgia Smith
Paul………………………….….Aidan Sartor
Bertram……………….………Jacob Johnson
William………………..………Tristan Sartor
Susan………………………..Sidney McCarty
Katie……………………………….Lillie Rich

Stage Manager……………..Elizabeth Coleman

The hammered dulcimer was performed by Stephanie Taylor of the group Red River Breeze .

Ms. Fisher held a book signing in the lobby of the theater downstairs after the performance. The cast also received theater goers during the book signing.

Beverly Fisher (right) and Ava DoVanne (left).

Beverly Fisher (right) and Ava DoVanne (left).

“Grace Among the Leavings” will be performed again at 7:00pm on Tuesday, June 21st; Monday, June 27th; and Tuesday June 28th.

Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at 931.645.7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).

The Roxy Regional Theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street in Clarksville, TN.

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About Sue Freeman Culverhouse

    Sue Freeman Culverhouse has been a freelance writer for the past 33 years. Beginning in 1976, she published magazines articles in Americana, Historic Preservation, American Horticulturist, Flower and Garden, The Albemarle Magazine, and many others. Sue is the winner of two Virginia Press Awards in writing.

    She moved to Springfield, Tennessee in 2003 with her sculptor husband, Bill a retired attorney. Sue has one daughter,  Susan Leigh Miller who teaches poetry and creative writing at Rutgers University.

    Sue teaches music and writing at Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop, Tennessee to approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She also publishes a literary magazine each year; all work in the magazine is written and illustrated by the students.

    Sue writes “Uncommon Sense,” a column in the Robertson County Times, which also appears on Clarksville Online. She is the author of “Seven keys to a sucessful life”, which is  available on amazon.com and pubishamerica.com; this is a self-help book for all ages.

    Web Site: http://culverhouseart.com/
    Email: cuverhouse@comcast.net

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