STARS Community Drama, directed by Tisha Gotte, will portray the stories of local and national heroes, with scenes about both their lives and the wars they fought.
“We are honored beyond words to share these stories with the community,” Gotte said. “Many of our cast members tear up as they practice on stage, telling the history of their chosen hero.”
The show is being presented in honor of the men and women who served and died in military service, Gotte said.
“This Memorial Day week is more than just a chance to fire up the grill,” Gotte said. “It’s an opportunity for kids and families to take some time to recognize and thank veterans, troops and their families.”
Gotte hopes the performance shows how the war impacted both the soldiers and the friends and families they left back home.
“We have real letters depicting emotions of family and soldiers during the many wars our country has fought,” Gotte said. “Lt. Roy Reid, father of Joan Reid Ahrens, is allowing us to tell his story. Lt. Reid, just hours out of California in a B-17, became the first U.S. airplane downed by the enemy during World War II.”
Gotte said this is one of the remarkable stories about a local, Cherokee County hero. Reid is now 94 years old, and lives in Woodstock, Gotte said.
“This has been a real labor of love for all us in the production,” she said.
Performances are set for this Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $12 each, and seniors and children under the age of 12 can get tickets for $10 each.
Tickets are available by calling (770) 704-0755, or by stopping in at the Canton Theatre, at 171 East Main St. in Canton.