‘No Hitchin’ and ‘Let’s Go Ride Franklin’ this weekend’s events
Two big events are slated for this weekend: Techeland Arts Council’s encore performance of “No Hitchin” and the second Let’s Go Riding Franklin cruise.
TAC Chairman Judith Allain said the repeat performance of last fall’s premiere of the locally-derived and locally-produced stage play starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
While “No Hitchin” is essentially the same enjoyable dramatization of the history, oral tradition and memoirs of this area’s people and places, some revisions have taken place since the fall production.
Allain said the vignettes have been tweaked and improved, incorporating more animated action.
“We now have eight or ten members of the Asbury United Methodist Church choir joining us in the ‘Amen Choir’ and ‘Baptisms’ scenes as well as in the ‘Marjorie Beverly Thomas’ vignette,” Allain said. “They have truly added a wonderful dimension to the show with their strong voices and their very expressive faces.”
For the autumn performance guitarist Steve Schmidt played between the scenes, and Allain said this time he has paired up with Laura Struzick who not only plays the guitar but also sings with a deep “bluesy” voice.
“They have a grand time together, with Steve rotating between the guitar, the banjo, and the mandolin,” Allain said. “They add a toe-tapping and hand-clapping new element to the show and we hope the audience will just join right in with their songs.”
“No Hitchin” will be presented at the Teche Theater for the Performing Arts Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available from Fad News Stand and online at www.techeland.org.
Let’s Go Riding Franklin started out as a Facebook chat and has gained tremendous interest among those who hold fond memories of the popular Main Street cruise that was instrumental to so many people who grew up in the city.
“For most participants, this is more than just a drive around town,” said founder Chad Boutte. “It was the foundation of so many people’s lives, and who they’ve become today. It was our social network, the Facebook of our time.”
Participants and onlookers will gather on the Main Street loop early in the morning March 17 to begin preparing for the days activities. Residents are encouraged to uncover their barbecue pits, and to get the fold up chairs out of the attic and garage, Boutte said. “The Main Street cruise is scheduled to officially begin at 7 p.m. but cruising throughout the day and supporting area merchants is encouraged. This year the focus is on the sole purpose of the event which is the nostalgic cruise. Due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances, the festival, parade, and dance portion of this year’s event has been postponed until our 2013 reunion. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars. No trailers allowed, and no one under the age of 12 is allowed to ride in the back of pickup trucks or similar vehicles.”
For additional information contact LetsGoRidingFranklin@gmail.com, visit their Facebook page, or call (504) 239-9746.