June 19, 2008

Find Music, Theater, Bikes and Antique Treasures This Weekend in Rockingham County

By Miranda Baines, The Reidsville Review, N.C.

Jun. 19--Children of Eden

The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County presents "Children of Eden," a musical loosely based on the biblical account of Genesis.

"The show is really about the relationships between parents and their children," said Winston Sims, Theatre Guild public relations director. "It's a very family-oriented show."

Act I of the play tells the story of the creation and Adam and Eve's fall from the Garden of Eden. Act II tells the story of Noah and the flood. An ensemble of 40 storytellers plays the roles of all the characters in the show. The Father figure (God), played by Neil Shepherd of Greensboro, is the only role that remains constant throughout the show. "Children of Eden" is Shepherd's first Theatre Guild play.

Neil said his character embodies a "very Old-Testament view of God."

"In the beginning, he's really excited about the creation," said Shepherd. But after Adam and Eve sin and leave the Garden of Eden, God realizes things aren't going as he had planned. As the story goes on, God is disappointed over and over again, until he eventually learns to let go and stop being overprotective.

"The Father learns that he has to let people go and do what they want to do if he wants to hold on to their love," said Shepherd. The Father learns to let go when Noah releases his children into the world after the flood to repopulate the earth, rather than keeping them all in one place.

Pete Barr, play director, said "Children of Eden" is about "the creative spirit."

"It explains where we get that creative spirit that everybody has," said Barr. He said people should leave the show feeling "empowered," knowing they are part of God's creation.

The song "Sailor of the Skies" illustrates the creative spirit. Yonah, the wife of Japheth, one of Noah's sons, sends out a dove after the flood to determine whether there is still life on earth. The dove brings back an olive branch, a symbol of hope and life.

"You might not be the perfect person, but sometimes your idea is greater than you think it is," said Barr. "He's created you, and there's still that creative spark that you have."

Like "Sailor of the Skies," the songs in "Children of Eden" play a major role in telling the story.

"A lot of the story comes out through the music," said Sims. Shepherd said he has always loved the music in "Children of Eden," which he describes as "typical Broadway style." He said the music includes big show numbers and beautiful love ballads that convey emotion. The play's music was written by Stephen Schwartz, composer of such scores as "Godspell," Disney's "Pocahontas" and the recent film "Enchanted."

The show will run Friday through Sunday and June 27 to 29. The Friday and Saturday performances are 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Rockingham Community College Advanced Technologies auditorium. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and children. To reserve tickets, call 627-0228 or visit http://www.tgrc-nc.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

"Rap Yo City"

Come to the Rockingham Theatre at 205 Gilmer St. in Reidsville after the last movie Friday night to experience "Rap Yo City." The rap/hip-hop/R&B showcase will feature Dymez the General and DJ Krazy-A.

"Not all rap music leads to bad things. It's a common misconception," said Anthony Lee "Dymez.""Tryin' to Get it," one of the songs on his new CD "Just Cause: Volume II," will discuss his style of life.

"You see people riding around with nice paint jobs and nice rims. You can call it what you want. I'm just tryin' to live my life. I'm not doing what you think I might be doing ... ," said Lee. Lee said he works with youth in the community during the week and at a group home on the weekends.

Lee's advice: "Live your dreams. You've got a long life ahead of you."

Friday night's showcase is the first time Lee has done a major show in Reidsville. Part of the reason for the showcase, Lee said, is to dispel the misconception that he is a gang member. Lee started the Lic Gang, a rap group, a few years ago, and young people in Reidsville have taken the name and are using it to promote violence and gang activity, he said.

"The way I mean it and the way they mean it is totally different. The gang element is not what my music is about. It's not a gang; it's just music," said Lee.

Lee said Friday night's show is not about violence; it's about having fun. He will perform a mix of party songs such as "Shake Somethin'" and serious songs such as "Rent Money." Raffle tickets will be sold at the showcase, and several local businesses have donated items.

The show starts at 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 from 10 to 10:30 p.m. and $10 after 10:30.

Antique Treasure Trove

Come to Lake Reidsville on Saturday to find the truth behind the old saying "one man's junk is another man's treasure."

"This is a whole new ballgame," said Judy Yarbrough, who does marketing for Reidsville. "It appeals to a different market. This is bringing a whole different segment of the city to see the facility."

Antique Treasure Trove is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the lake at 630 Waterworks Road. The event is part of a summer celebration of the 25th anniversary of Lake Reidsville Recreation Park. Yarbrough said a committee worked to coordinate Antique Treasure Trove, a new event. If successful, Yarbrough said, the city would consider making it an annual event. Based on the popularity of PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," Yarbrough believes Antiques Treasure Trove will draw a crowd.

Participants can bring two items for appraisal by local experts. Appraisals are first-come, first-served. Some of the categories include jewelry, coins, postcards, sports memorabilia, military, Confederate and Indian items, old toys, glassware, furniture, knives, Reidsville items, fishing and Scout patches.

Concessions will be available. Rockingham County disc jockey Jerry Martin will provide the music.

The charge is Lake Reidsville's regular gate fee -- $1 per car for city residents and $2 per car for noncity residents. Pre-registration is required.

Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

The annual car, truck and motorcycle show to benefit the Knollhurst Community Building and Cemetery will be held Saturday at Dalton L. McMichael High School, rain or shine. Registration for the event opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Three trophies will be awarded in each of 28 classes, as well as trophies for ladies' choice, Shawn's choice, and best of show for car, truck and motorcycle. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. D.J. Henry Woods will provide the entertainment. To pre-register or for more information, call Jack Smith at 548-9710, Dean Gatewood at 548-1761 or Johnny Hazelwood at 548-6620.

Music in the Park

The Mayodan Preservation League continues its Music in the Park series Saturday at 6 p.m. with a gospel and inspirational concert from Broken Bread and Snow Creek Old Time Band. Grilled hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available at the park at 500 W. Main St. in Mayodan. For more information, call 548-2241.

Take Two -- Blueberry Festival

Take a drive down to the coast this week for the N.C. Blueberry Festival in Burgaw. Friday and Saturday festivities will include live entertainment, an antique show and sale, a recipe contest, and a Tour de Blueberry (circular bike race). Burgaw is about three hours southeast of Reidsville, just north of Wilmington. For more information, visit http://www.ncblueberryfestival.com.

Staff writer Miranda Baines can be reached at or 349-4331, ext. 35.


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