Walton County's official Folk Life Production, Grit & Grace, debuts its 2017 play "Live From the Lakeyard" this weekend in DeFuniak Springs.
"Live From the Lakeyard" is the brainchild of Ronnie McBrayer, who wrote the play.
"He talked about it a lot and mentioned doing it multiple times," said Brandon Elkins, the director of the play. "This is his last year with us and he wanted it as his parting message."
Elkins has directed McBayer's plays for three years.
"This one is unique and different, though," said Elkins, "and a departure from a regular way of doing things. The flow is different from any show we have done, and the curtain only comes down once and that is during intermission."
"Live From the Lakeyard" is a compilation of stories about local radio station WZEP.
There are stories of Deacon Padgett, who rode around the Lakeyard on a donkey doing live remotes and a story about Attorney Cooter Douglas trying to get an election recount. Also featured in the play are Leonard Zepp and Stephanie King.
"These are some of the characters we portray and there are narrators throughout," said Elkins. "Stephanie King was on the air with Zepp, who named the station. The entire show runs as if it is a real radio production.
"This year, the set has been minimized to allow for a smooth flowing transition between scenes and also to allow the characters' stories to speak for themselves. We plan to keep the audience involved from beginning to end," he said. "Every year we have introduced little things to change it up. We look forward to presenting this show while preserving the history of Walton County radio."
Opening night is Friday at 7 p.m. and the play will repeat on Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday's production is at 2 p.m.
The play takes place at Walton High School. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12 and available at the door.
Grit & Grace is a 501(c)3 non-profit community-based theater group comprised of volunteers whose mission and purpose is to preserve the history of Greater Walton County through storytelling, music, and dance.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-7008. Visit their website at www.gritandgrace.org or on Facebook.