StageWorks to present ‘First Baptist of Ivy Gap’
by Marie Nesmith
Apr 10, 2013 | 990 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Corinne Scott, portraying a character who ages 25 years in “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” is an exciting yet challenging endeavor. In the StageWorks Inc. production, which opens Friday, she plays Luby Moore, one of six women organizing the church’s 75th and 100th anniversaries.

“Not only do we age from the first act to the second act, but we have to look a little different in the second act, move a little differently, speak maybe a little differently,” Scott said. “Luby, she’s kind of stuck as far as the time. She probably won’t change a whole lot in that she’s just a simple gal really, a country girl and somewhat cut off from the rest of the world. She kind of becomes a recluse.

“But, for me as an actress, I still have to make sure she looks older when she’s supposed to be. So that’s a challenge to go 25 years and age different in a matter of minutes, but it’s the challenge that actresses like.”

A widow whose son is serving overseas in World War II, Scott’s character is desperately awaiting his correspondence in the play’s first act.

“She’s devoted to her son,” Scott said. “She almost worships her son. He’s the only male figure in her life at this point and she relies on him and thinks the world of him. He almost walks on water. So she’s a little domineering in that regard but she’s tenderhearted and she enjoys life. You can tell she had enjoyed life before the war came. So we’re seeing Luby go through a stressful time of not knowing what has happened to her son.

“In the first act we see a little glimpse of a stressed relationship between herself and the girlfriend of her son. So it’s the mother stepping in to intervene between her son and the girlfriend — pretty much a territorial kind of conflict. And then in the last half of the play we progress 25 years and we’ve learned what’s happened to the son and now the young girlfriend is in the same predicament that Luby [was] in in a way because the Vietnam War is now taking place. So they have a similar experience there.”

To be held at The Grand Theatre, “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Along with Scott, the play’s cast will consist of Donna Young as Olene Wiffer, Karen Ruetz as Mae Ellen Rafferty, Ann Burgess as Edith Ellington, Amanda George as Sammy Porter Wallace and Ginny Slifcak as Vera Reynolds.

“I liked the idea of the story because the first act takes place during World War II,” said Leslie McCrary, director of “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.” “The second act takes place during the 1970s during the Vietnam War. I thought it would be a great stretch for actresses to age 25 years within the play and the stories [have] similar problems, similar things going on because of what’s happening in the world.

“It’s the story of six women and they all come together in the first of the play to roll bandages to send for soldiers. [Luby Moore’s] son is in service. They each have goals that they’re trying to achieve and they each have things that they want to happen in their lives. ... And then when they get [back] together, it’s the 100th anniversary of the church and they’re there to celebrate. All the women come back together and we find out if they’ve achieved their goals and how their lives have turned out.”

Tickets for “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” cost $15 for general admission. For more information, visit or To obtain tickets in advance, call The Grand Theatre at 770-386-7343 or visit its ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.