Janie Sherman, Theatre Guild "Dark of the Moon," Kingsport Times-News, 25 Sep 1966, p. 33.
Theatre Guild's Year Begins Friday MOUNTAIN SORCERY -- Witches who haunt the Smoky Mountain setting of Kingsport Theatre Guild's opening production of the 1966-67 season, "Dark of the Moon," try to persuade the Witch Boy, right, he cannot live as a human. Supernatu- ral beings in the play, which opens Friday at Robinson Junior High School, are played by Jim Grubb, Gale Dixon, Janie Sherman, Emma Straley and John Fisher. (Times- News Photo--Richard Titley) Kingsport Theatre Guild opens the 19M-67 season of five plays Friday night at Robinson Junior High School with a mystical drama based on a mountain legend which has provided an enigmatic theme in a number of old folk songs and tales. "Dark of the Moon," which is set in the Smoky Mountains and centers around a mountain girl's marriage to a witch boy granted a short time as a human being, will have performances Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the junior high school cafeteria. PRODUCTION IS in arena style with the audience seated on platforms and risers surrounding the theatre-in-the- round stage, The drama, which also includes folk singing, tells the story of Barbara Allen, a mountain girl who falls in love with John, a witch boy. The witch boy pleads with the mountain witches to become a human in order to marry the girl. The request is granted under the condition that she remain faithful to him for a year. The tale is woven around supersitition, super-charged emotional religion and the fears of a settlement of landlocked mountain people. LEADING ROLES in the Howard Richardson-William Berney drama are taken by: John Fischer, witch boy; Diane Spoden, B a r b a r a ; Emma Straley, C o n j u r Woman; Jim Grubb, Conjur Man; Janie Sherman and Gale Dixon, witches; Marvin Budd, store keeper; Belton Moore, M r s . A l l e n Zugschwerdt, P r e a c Haggler; Joan H e n s Greeny Gorman, Elden Bailey, M a r v Hudgens; Ann Twiggs, Miss Metcalf; Martha Lake, Edna Summey; Cathy Cobb, Ella Bergen; Lou Freyre, Mr. Bergen; Rose Brooks, Mrs. Bergen; Richard Titley, Mr. Allen. TOM BROOKS, Atkins; David Little, Floyd; Pete Freyre, Burt; Phyllis Greene, Mrs. Summey. The production will feature a setting designed by Kingsport artist Lee Cherry. Tickets for the show are sale from members of the theatre group, Kingsport Sertoma Club and at the door both nights. Easons Are October's Top Artists Mother and daughter artists, Eleanor and Becky Eason, have been chosen as Kingsport Art Guild's October "Artists of the Month," exhibit chairman Jackie Bramblett has announced. Their paintings, "Huddle's Mill," an oil landscape, and "No One to Play With," a watercolor and pen and ink painting, will hang in the children's library and main reading room at Kingsport Public Library throughout the month. Mrs. Eason, a college biology and math major, turned to painting as a hobby after she stopped teaching math. Since then, she has sold