Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rez Homeschoolers Performing

On Thursday, November 17 at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., and on Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m., the Reservoir Area Christian Home Educators (ReACHE) drama team will be performing a three-act play called The Thread That Runs So True by Reginald Lawrence, based on the book by Jesse Stuart.

The story takes place in a coal-mining town in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky in 1925. The play tells the true story of the early life of Jesse Stuart, a young man who later became the poet laureate of Kentucky and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1955. Jesse Stuart is an energetic, ambitious, and sometimes hot-headed young man of 18 who feels called to go into the rural community near his hometown and teach in their one-room schoolhouse, encouraging this backward community to take the education of their children more seriously than they have in the past.

Along the way, Jesse is challenged to learn a few things himself with the support of his students, including the ever-encouraging Don Conway, the amazingly intelligent Budge Waters, feisty Grandma Binion, a 65-year-old first grader, and the sweet Naomi Deane Norris, a young lady who just might win Jesse's heart.

Jesse is faced with many obstacles, humorous situations, and a town bully who, at 20 years old and nearly six and a half feet tall, makes a very imposing enemy.

The play will be performed at the Word of Life Church on Lakeland Drive. There are only three performances, and seating is limited, so you will want to get your tickets early. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets may be purchased through any ReACHE member or you can contact

Kim Lepone at kim.lepone@lepone.com

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