30 September 2016

'Walking in sunlight' - Uncle Dave in musical drama, coming to Ireland

Thanks to Dr Virginia Donnell, professor emeritus of Theatre at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and one of the production designers for the musical stage play 'Walking in sunlight: the life and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon'. The play is just finishing a run at MTSU's Tucker Theatre (see image below, and here). Dr Donnell writes:

We are touring the production in Ireland in May 2017. We are hoping to book school performances in the Dublin and Belfast areas. These are 'free/no costs' performances in keeping with our mission to reach children and youth. Any help or promotion would be greatly appreciated.

The MTSU Arts description of the play reads:

Walking in sunlight: the life and legacy of Uncle Dave Macon. A musical stage play: Eight youth find the answer to life decisions through the life and music of Dave Harrison Macon.

The legacy of Uncle Dave Macon, the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, includes more than his heartfelt and foot-stomping music. His life is a legacy of hope, the pursuit of joy for himself and others, and an indomitable spirit. In the play eight youth learn that we all suffer adversity, and we all receive inspiration. How we respond to each of these determines the trajectory of our lives. Uncle Dave was resilient, overcoming life’s unexpected and often painful hurdles, to live his dream and bring dreams to others. 'Walking in sunlight' connects the youth of today with a classic example of a good man's journey, enriched by the classic, old-time tunes of a past era which have again become popular in the present.

Any offers of engagements for school performances, or other suggestions of assistance, can be sent to Dr Donnell by e-mail.

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