By Richard Rourk
Unicoi County is offering the gift of the arts this season with a local theater production especially for the holidays.
The Erwin Second Story Theater Troupe will perform “The Gift of the Magi,” with an original adaptation of the short story by American author William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name, O’Henry. The performances are set for Friday-Sunday, Dec. 10-12, at The Commons on Main in downtown Erwin.
The troupe adapted the script to expand the sweet love story into a 60-minute performance. The show focuses on the idea of giving and sacrifice as the audiences sees a young wife finding a way to buy the perfect gift for her husband.
While the cast and crew of the show are a smaller outfit than the troupe’s first performance group in August, they are just as excited to offer a little touch of the holiday spirit to the stage.
“‘The Gift of The Magi’ is a heartfelt show that reminds us of the importance of giving, family and love,” said Assistant Director Bailey Robinson. “This cast has embodied those concepts over the last few months to create this production as a Christmas gift to our community.”
The cast and crew for this production include: Jordan Davis, Bailey Robinson, Nathan Farnor, Rachel Altemose, Adam Larkey, Hannah Edwards, Chris Davis, Gracie Hyder, Matthew Rogers, Macy Robinson, and Ezekiel and Josiah Robinson, plus guest carolers from the community.
Tickets for the performance went on sale online Saturday, Nov. 27. A link to purchase tickets can be found on the Erwin Second Story Theatre Troupe Facebook page. Show dates are Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. All general admission seats are $5.
This is the second production for the newly-formed troupe. Director Jordan Davis said he understands the importance of working to bring theatre to the community.
“This is my directorial debut, and honestly I couldn’t be prouder to be doing a Christmas show in my hometown,” Davis said. “Twelve years ago so many Unicoi County residents watched the old theater building burn down and I am glad that we are here now — over a decade later — trying to bring a piece of that theatre spirit back to the town of Erwin.”
The support of many people and some local organizations helps this effort come to fruition.
“We couldn’t do this without the help of the community, our cast and crew, the GFWC Erwin Monday Club and North Ridge Community Church Erwin,” Davis said. “We are definitely appreciative of their support.”
Erwin Second Story Troupe has scheduled an organizational/planning meeting for early next year. The meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. at The Commons on Main.
Anyone interested in attending will have a chance to learn more about the group’s goals and help make plans for the upcoming show season. For more information about the troupe, please visit their Facebook page at Erwin Second Story Theatre Troupe.