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Flatwoods brings 'Opal' to the stage

| Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004

Flatwoods Productions, an amateur but seasoned theater group, will present the musical "Opal" on Aug. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22 at the Curfew Grange in Flatwoods, Fayette County. Curtain times will be at 8 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows with the Sunday performance as a matinee at 2 p.m.

"Opal" was written by Robert Lindsey Nassif and has won several awards including the Richard Rodgers Award for new works. It is based on the enchanting diary of Opal Whiteley, written in 1904 when she was 7 years of age.

Orphaned in a shipwreck off the coast of Oregon, an aristocratic girl is taken in by an embittered woman in a lumber camp. The girl begins her adventures in this rugged world expecting her parents to return.

She befriends a pig, a blind girl, a shy lumberjack, and a wise Scots woman. When a forest fire strikes, Opal accepts that her parents are gone and, in the ashes of the ravaged forest, she makes a wondrous discovery that helps her accept her new life.

Songs include: "Sears and Roebuck Wedding Band," "Gentlemen Pig," "What Might Have Been," "Why Do I See God?," "Everybody's Looking for Love" and "Night of Shooting Stars."

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 724-785-6896.

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