'Foxfire' to open Friday at The Grand Theatre
by Marie Nesmith
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Teresa Harris, from left, Ron Connell and David Pendergraft, who are portraying Annie Nations, Hector Nations and Dillard Nations, respectively, rehearse a scene from StageWorks’ upcoming play, “Foxfire.”
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Teresa Harris, from left, Ron Connell and David Pendergraft, who are portraying Annie Nations, Hector Nations and Dillard Nations, respectively, rehearse a scene from StageWorks’ upcoming play, “Foxfire.” SPECIAL
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In StageWorks' production of "Foxfire," universal themes of family and letting go of one's way of life will be explored. Opening Friday, the play is based on the stories published in the Foxfire student magazine, which still aim to preserve the histories of Rabun County residents.

"This particular story is about a family who has lived on their land for three generations and now the father [Hector] has died and [his wife] talks to his ghost throughout the play," said Leslie McCrary, co-founder of StageWorks and director of "Foxfire." "[Annie's] son wants her to leave the mountain, sell the property, and come live with him so he can take care of her. She's getting on in the years and is living on this mountain with no running water by herself and he wants her to [move].

"It's the story of her giving up a way of life, not only of her but of her ancestors, her family, and moving on," she said, adding she can relate to this from personal experience. "[My family has] gone through it. After [my husband's] dad passed away, we went through the exact same thing and it's hard to give that up. They actually lived on a mountain in western North Carolina. So I really [can relate]. Of course they had all the modern conveniences and everything but it was still giving up that life that she had for 50 years with her husband and moving on. That was the hard part, the emotional attachment."

To be held at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville, "Foxfire" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The cast will include Teresa Harris as Annie Nations, Ron Connell as Hector Nations, David Pendergraft as Dillard Nations, Kara Duke as Holly Burrell, Mike Wasson as Prince Carpenter and Mike Harris as Doctor.

Portraying the play's lead character, Harris will have the challenging task of depicting Annie Nations through the decades, beginning in her 70s, then transforming to her teens, 40s and 50s. Accomplished without costume or makeup changes, Harris will reshape her character through her voice and body language.

"[Annie is] a woman who's lived a hard life but who loves her family, loves her home and now realizes that things have changed and she has to change with them," Harris said. "... It's a heartwarming story about life, death, family -- so many things. And, of course, as I age it hits me more.

"I had a hard time. It's only now that I can get through the very end of it without breaking down. It's one of those [stories]. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you think. It's very well written. It flows well. It's good storytelling -- good old-fashioned storytelling."

Tickets for "Foxfire" cost $12 for general admission. For more information or to obtain tickets in advance, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.