2013-09-12 / Front Page

Spirits are returning to Resthaven


Last year’s Resthaven Revisited characters Marion Toombs Colley Boyd (Sharon McKee), Gen. Robert Toombs (Lee Campbell) and his wife Julia (Beth Jackson) discuss their presentations while rehearsing for the drama. (Photo by Richard Crabbe) Last year’s Resthaven Revisited characters Marion Toombs Colley Boyd (Sharon McKee), Gen. Robert Toombs (Lee Campbell) and his wife Julia (Beth Jackson) discuss their presentations while rehearsing for the drama. (Photo by Richard Crabbe) Preparation and rehearsals are underway for this year’s annual production of Resthaven Revisited to be presented on Saturday, October 5 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

In its third year, the play will give theater patrons the opportunity to meet the “spirits” of significant personalities from Washington’s past. Written by Robert “Skeet” Willingham, the play features volunteer actors portraying a wide range of townspeople who contributed to Washington’s history over three previous centuries.

In the play, Willingham said, “The characters’ life experiences extend from the Revolutionary War period all the way up to the mid-20th century and offer insight into how our community has grown and changed. We hope it will be a riveting account, ranging from tears to laughter, which will touch both minds and hearts.”

The Washington Little Theater Co., in collaboration with the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation, will be sponsoring the event with proceeds going to the Resthaven Cemetery historical grave restoration fund.

Sharon McKee, the director of this year’s production, says the Kettle Creek Pilot Club has also joined in the effort by selling the tickets on the day of the event for $10 for adults, $5 for children with a school ID, at the Washington-Wilkes Welcome Center at 22B West Square. Club members will provide free transportation from The Square to the cemetery and back starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Snacks and beverages will also be on sale.

“We’re excited to add some new characters to the 2013 production based on scripts written by Robert M. Willingham Jr.,” McKee said. “The guided walking tours will take about an hour and cover a little less than a mile while participants learn interesting information regarding these residents of the cemetery.”

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