quot;Conecuh Peoplequot; coming to Troy Thursday night

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Features Editor

"Conecuh People" is coming to Troy for four days only and if you miss it – you’ve missed it.

And, there’s a good chance if you don’t already have tickets for one of the five performances, you just might

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miss it.

Adena Moree, director of theater at Troy State University, said only 200 tickets are available for each performance.

"Thursday night’s opening performance is sold out and we only have two tickets available for the Friday night performance," she said. "We have some tickets available for the Saturday matinee and the night performance and a very few for the Sunday matinee, which will be the final performance of "Conecuh People" at Troy State."

Moree said those wishing to attend this unique and memorable theater experience should contact the Troy State University Adams Center box office as soon as possible.

"The play is about intimacy, so it was important for the play to be performed in an intimate setting," she said. "Because of the staging arrangement, seating is limited, so we do have only a small number of tickets available. Those who have season tickets for the Troy Council on the Arts and Humanities calendar of events are reminded that they must make reservations to be guaranteed a seat. Those season ticket holders need to call for reservations."

Moree said the response to "Conecuh People" is not surprising.

"’Conecuh People’ is about people from around here who people know or knew," Moree said. "It has an immediate and personal affect and involvement from people in the community. The cast is evenly divided among students from Troy State, Troy and Pike County and Union Springs and Clayton."

"Conecuh People" is adapted from the book of the same name by Wade Hall, a native of Bullock County. The play was written by Ty Adams, also a Bullock County native and a noted New York playwright.

"It’s the story of Wade Hall’s growing up in

Bullock County," Moree said. "Its about thanksgivings and blessings. Not to be corny, but it’s about taking a village to raise a person. We all are the composite of the people who have come and gone in our lives. And, the play is the story of those people in Wade Hall’s life – the Conecuh People."

A reception will be held immediately following Thursday night’s performance in the Hawkins, Adams Long Hall of Honor for cast, crew and the opening night audience.

Hall will

attend the opening night performance and will be available to sign copies of his book for those who have them.

"There will be a few of Wade’s books for sale at the reception, but only a few," Moree said. "It’s not a book sale, so those who have books are encouraged to bring them to be signed."

Adams will not be able to attend any of the performances, Moree said, because he is involved in a big project in New York.

"But he will be well represented in the play by his family and friends," Moree said. "’Conecuh People is going to be a unique theater experience and we encourage anyone who wants to see it to call for tickets as soon as possible."

The matinee performances of "Conecuh People" are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Night performances are at 7:30 p.m.