A swelling of entertainment
by Cherokee Tribune Staff
October 17, 2012 03:35 AM | 1644 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kurt Sutton will tell stories as Mark Twain, above, Friday and Saturday.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
Kurt Sutton will tell stories as Mark Twain, above, Friday and Saturday.
Cherokee Tribune/Special
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WOODSTOCK — For the next two weekends, those looking for some fun can head to Elm Street Cultural Arts Center in historic downtown Woodstock for a smorgasbord of seasonal entertainment. The third annual Ghost Tales and Trails will thrill attendees with storytelling on a professional level this Friday and Saturday and Oct. 26 and 27. On Sunday, the Atlanta Opera is coming to Cherokee County for the very first time with a studio tour production of “Stone Soup” at Elm Street.

Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms said both productions offer patrons a great experience. Ghost Tales is being offered indoors at the Cultural Arts Center this year.

“Due to the construction going on around Elm Street at this time, we decided to bring Ghost Tales indoors this year,” Grooms said. “Our storytellers will be in different areas in and around the auditorium, which will make it more comfortable in case the weather is inclement and an easier walk for some of our patrons. Also, our storytellers and stories will be different each weekend so patrons may return if they wish and experience something entirely new.”

Featured storytellers include Kurt Sutton of Buford as Mark Twain and Quentin Thomas of Woodstock as Texas Red. Both of the entertainers make appearances all over the state and nationwide.

Sutton performs on Friday and Saturday and Texas Red on Oct. 26 and 27. Joe Lemmo, Jason Wilson, Hannah Schug, Jessica Williams and Amy McGraw will also perform during the Ghost Tales.

Board president and local artist Shawn McLeod and Cindy Flanders, board member and Elm Street’s premier set designer will be creating the Halloween-themed spaces for each story. Guides for each tour group are volunteers from the Teen Actors Guild of Elm Street.

Ghost Tales offers tours for all dates at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at a discount at www.elmstreetarts.org.

The Atlanta Opera performance of Stone Soup will be Sunday at 3 p.m. for the public, with all seats $7 and available through AO box office (404) 881-8885 or at the door.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for residents to experience a taste of opera in this all English, 45-minute, one act production,” Grooms said. “It is the classic children’s fable about a community that comes together to feed a lost and lonely soldier and teaches us all how to be better friends and neighbors.”

As a special treat, the AO will perform a free show the next morning for the first- and second-graders of Woodstock Elementary, who will be able to walk down to the theater from their school.

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