FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Theatre will present “Dark of the Moon” by Howard Richardson and William Berney, Oct. 19-21.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
Based on the Barbara Allen and the witch boy legend and ballad, the play takes place in the Appalachian Mountains. It recounts the story of an elfin witch boy who once beheld the beautiful Barbara Allen and immediately fell in love with her. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remain true to him. The marriage is consummated and Barbara gives birth to a witch child whom the midwives burn. In a frenzy of religious revival, Barbara is led to betray her witch boy husband, breaking the spell. She dies and he returns forever to the world of the mountain witches.
The cast and crew of the play, by hometown, are:
Charleston: Faith Hamilton (Conjur Woman)
Columbia: Will McNamara (Mr. Summey); Christin Chapman (Edna Summey)
Dillon: Katie Kelley (Dark Witch); Blake Gardner (Floyd Allen)
Easley: Andrew Grisson (Burt)
Florence: Matt Baker (Marvin Hudgens); Ashley Leamon (Barbara Allen); Vetta Brunson (Mrs. Allen); Kendall Kiker (Mr. Allen); Jennifer Cutter (Mrs. Summey); Heather Trehern (Miss Atkins); Heather Stockton (Mrs. Bergen); Kristen Davis (Lucy Ada Jenkins)
Georgetown: Chelsea Brown (Fair Witch)
Great Falls: Amanda Morales (Miss Metcalf)
Hemingway: Kassie Hughes (Ima Jean)
Loris: Dow Hardee (Hank)
Marion: DeJuan Conner (Conjur Man)
Mount Pleasant: Shavonne Clayton (Aunt Smelicue)
Tirzah: Melissa Burns (Peggy Adcox)
Bowie, Md.: Damien Ruffner (John)
Poland, Ohio: John Sweeney (Preacher Haggler)
#47 / 10-5-06