A performance known as 'Monkey Dumplin’s Story Telling Theater" performed live Saturday evening for hundreds of folks at Greenbriar Presbyterian Fellowship Hall in Manchester.
Famous poet and playwright William Shakespeare immortalized the line, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…” In other words, our lives can be interpreted as a series of interconnected stories that we perform.
“We have people popping up everywhere who have a story and you know, Eric, everybody has a story,” said Vanda Rice, director of the theater group.
This woman, along with dozens in her community, made the decision to channel that understanding into a live theater group last year. The premise is simple: no script, just a stage for folks to share a part of themselves with the community.
“We just want to do something good for the community. This group that we are a part of - it's called Stay in Clay - we want to keep our good people. We want to do good things and clean things and just have fun doing it,” said Ronnie Miller, a performer with the group.
At the end of the day this group hopes these stories will help project Clay County into a positive direction. This ambition, performers say, is personal.
“When I was a little boy, this was a booming County and it's just not that anymore, and my main desire is to see Clay County back to prospering and booming,” said Charlie Hubbard, another performer.
Who knows? Perhaps life is just a stage with all of us merely players as Shakespeare suggested, but that doesn't mean we can't play our part with the hope of a happy ending. The folks here appear up to the challenge.
This was the first official performance for the group since they began last year. The performance was put on by the group “Stay in Clay.” Organizers say more performances are on the horizon.