Press release from Asheville Community Theatre:
Though the weather outside is frightful, inside this small town train depot it’s delightful! Asheville Community Theatre invites you to get cozy with Snowbound, a family-friendly play that celebrates this season of giving. Local playwright, musician, and storyteller Tom Godleski used authentic stories and details to create a holiday play steeped in Western North Carolina tradition. Asheville Community Theatre’s production of Snowbound is directed by Lori Hilliard. Snowbound opens November 30 and runs through December 16, 2018 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.
Snowbound is a play written by Asheville native and winner of SART’s 2009 Scriptfest competition, Tom Godleski. The play will include original bluegrass music played live onstage by local bluegrass musicians. This is the second time that Asheville Community Theatre has produced the play.
“Many of the stories in the show are based on true stories, or parts of true stories, that I have heard from family and friends, except for one,” said Godleski. “And I would like to thank O’Henry for that one. I am honored and blessed that Asheville Community Theatre has chosen Snowbound once again for 2018. It is a dream come true for me to see all this come together.”
Snowbound takes place on Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs.
“This timeless Appalachian cascade of stories and foot stomping songs provide a time to sit back and reminisce about our mountains’ Christmas pasts,” said director Lori Hilliard, also an Asheville native. “Listening to each other’s stories is part of what makes us human, helps us to find some common ground and truly empathize with one another.”
The cast of Snowbound consists of 34 community members, including the band (David Hyatt, John Altizer, Ben Saylor and Tom Godleski) and 13 local children. Many of the people onstage are making their ACT Mainstage debuts.
“This is a wonderful show for everyone to enjoy together,” said Susan Harper, Executive Director. “It showcases authentic Western North Carolina culture, specifically our music and our storytelling heritage. It is truly a community play.”
Snowbound is sponsored with generous support from Dixon Hughes Goodman.
For more information about Snowbound or about Asheville Community Theatre, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.