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Converting Writing into "Tales"
Thursday, 28 March 2013

March 29--  The 9th edition of Tales From the Altamaha is almost here and playwright Laurie Jo Upchurch of Appling County has the task of converting the writings of Colonel T. Ross Sharpe into stage adaptations.  She has been the playwright for the last 7 years of the production. 


“I was approached by Better Hometown.  Their previous playwright had to drop out for health reasons and they asked if I would like to become the playwright and so I prayed about it and said yes, I would love to do that.”  She added, “This year is about bringing more things that you love of Tales From the Altamaha and stepping it up a notch.  We’ve got some new songs and a new band member who brings a lot to the mix.  We’ve got some new cast members that we haven’t had yet as well as our old favorite people that come back every year and reprise their characters.”


Upchurch said, “Each story each year is brand new.  It’s even better than it was last year.  I begin writing the new plays in June, so I write from June until August and September and then I turn the script over to Lyons Better Hometown.  They get it published and then we hold auditions.”


In addition to the playwright, Upchurch is also an actress.  “I actually have a scene this year.  I’m kind of the fallback woman if somebody gets sick or can’t be there for various reasons”, she stated.


For more information on this year’s Tales From the Altamaha, contact the Lyons Better Hometown Office at 526-6445.


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