Boogaloo play to be performed in cemeteries

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

UNION — An upcoming play will invite audiences into two local cemeteries for storytelling theatre.

Boogaloo Folklife Productions will present “Moonlight Reflections: Conversations with the Saints,” with shows at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16.

Each of the four shows will begin at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, located at 320 S. Church St., Union, and end at Grace United Methodist Church, located nearby at 201 S. Church St.. The play will take place in the cemeteries of both churches. A guide — Sally Summer at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity and Kathy Stepp at Grace United Methodist — will lead audiences throughout the cemeteries as they discuss the history of some of the bodies that rest there. The stories will be brought to life as actors will portray some of Union’s most historic figures.

The cast includes Father Louis and Mary Ann Miller as “The Dawkins,” Daniel and Katie Prince as “The McLures,” Janie Gist as “Sophie,” Sara Garnett as “Lizzie,” Glenn Sparks as “Charles Boyd,” Dave Leigh as “the Yankee soldier,” Sally Summer as a guide, Dr. Allan Charles as “Clough Means,” Jim Stepp as “T.C. Duncan,” Johnny Johnson as “Judge Townsend,” Sue Keith as “Miss Gee,” and Kathy Stepp as a guide.

The play is directed by Kathy Stepp, who said the play will include comical moments as well as moving stories. In one scene, T.C. Duncan is shocked to learn that Union Mill has burned down and that there are no carriages in Union. Stepp laughed as she talked about Duncan figuring out that everyone drove cars and many local residents work for BMW. When Duncan’s character finds out BMW is a German company, he asks, “Does that mean we lost the war?”

Stepp also discussed one of the play’s more moving stories involving local teacher D.A. Townsend taking a group of 16-year-old boys — 4th Regiment, State Troop Junior Reserves, Company B, known as “The Union Laddies” — to fight in the Civil War. Townsend’s character fondly remembers the boys, saying they were the first at Manassas, the farthest at Gettysburg, and the last to Appomattox.

Following the play, the Boy Scouts will host a bonfire and marshmallow roast at Grace United Methodist Church. Tickets for the play are available at the Union County Arts Council and Something Special for $10 each.