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Student production kicks off Crossing of the Dan celebration

 

The curtain will rise on Thursday at 7 p.m. in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre, as the Halifax County Middle School Crossing of the Dan players, singers and musicians present the story of the historic Crossing of the Dan.

 

The public is invited to attend this free performance which kicks off a weekend of activities celebrating the 231st Anniversary Commemoration of the Crossing of the Dan (River) in South Boston during the American Revolution.

Greene’s Crossing of the Dan River will be performed by a talented group of sixth grade students under the direction of Sarah Graves and John Deal.

Cast members include Colin Bear, Dylan Berry, Amanda Coleman, Sinclair Hargrave, Felicia Johnson, Mike Morris, Calli Neal, Cori Neal, Casey Pulliam, Henry Stevens and Mia Womack. Stage managers are JaKayla Forrest, Katie Holland and Tolu Ojuola.

Providing a background of patriotic Revolutionary War music is the Crossing of the Dan chorus and band.

Chorus members, under the direction of Ben Woosley, are Kenya Battle, Hailey Bomar, Crystal Brown, Deondra Dixon, Saquelyn Drummer, Shania Hankins, and Serenity Horton. Additional singers are Lanicia Martin, Anaya Rogers, Daniel Terry Jr., Anya Walker, Hannah Ward, Destiny Williams, Mia Womack, and Lacoby Yeatts.

Musicians David Bates, Jordan Carr, Brian Good, Zavier Johnson, Isis Meadows, Sierra Mitchell, Josh Rice and Marcus Terry are directed by Michelle Heath.

The winners of the DAR sponsored writing contest also will be recognized during the program. Following a course of study on the American Revolution that focused on the historic events surrounding General Nathanael Greene’s crossing of the Dan River in 1781, sixth grade students submitted original writings that were judged by members of the Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR. The winner will be presented a U.S. Savings Bond and a signed copy of “The Race to the Dan: The Retreat that Rescued the American Revolution,” written by Dr. Larry Aaron.

On Saturday, Berryman Green Chapter, VADAR, and Dan River Chapter, Virginia Society, SAR are hosting a wreath laying ceremony in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery.

The program will include greetings by local officials and the presentation of wreaths by DAR and SAR chapters from Virginia and North Carolina.

The program also will include an address by Phillip Greenwalt, who is an interpretive ranger at George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument. He will speak on Otho Williams and the 1st Maryland Continentals. The program will begin at 10 a.m. in The Prizery’s Chastain Theatre.

The permanent exhibit on the Crossing of the Dan, located on the third floor of The Prizery, will be open for visitations, and walks to the Boyd’s Ferry site will be available before and after the morning program.

A living history encampment and re-enactors are anticipated, weather permitting.

See www.prizery.com/Crossing/Celebration.htm for more information or contact DAR Chapter Regent Anne Raab at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-470-1350; or SAR Chapter President Douglas Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-476-2483.

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