GMHS presents Daughters of the Appalachians

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The cast of the GMHS drama Daughters of the Appalachians. Photo by Deneika Janski

Granby Memorial High School Performing Arts will present an original work, Daughters of the Appalachians, on Nov. 11, 12 and 13. This show, written by Linda Goodman, is a collection of stories based on her childhood. Goodman, a Virginia Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, learned the art of storytelling from her father, a former coal miner who was himself a master yarn spinner. She has appeared in and taught workshops. Her works are known for their Southern Appalachian “flavor”, and stories from her award-winning CDs, Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins have been aired on several NPR programs.

Goodman is a past Program Coordinator of Boston’s Sharing the Fire, the country’s largest and oldest regional storytelling conference, and served for three years as Program Chair for the Three Apples Storytelling Festival. She joined the Dramatists’​ Guild in 1992, after her play, Empty Wells, was named a finalist in a national competition.

High School Performing Arts is honored to be presenting an original work by a former Connecticut resident. Senior Abby Caruso will play Boojie alongside a cast of wonderful characters. Performances will be Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students and seniors. Pre-sale tickets are available now and can be purchased visiting this link: Parents can also access tickets via their MySchoolBucks account.