August 3, 2013
The Light of the Lake, Lake Junaluska's Centennial Celebration theatrical production, will highlight time periods of the lake's history through photography and performance.
Light of the Lake
Saturday, August 3
7:30 pm, Stuart Auditorium
- Reserved Seating: $20
- General Admission: $17.50
“What we are trying to do is celebrate the last 100 years of Lake Junaluska, its history, its people, as well as the future of Lake Junaluska,” said Sipp.
“I have been charged with writing a piece that gives an honest portrayal of the struggles and triumphs of Lake Junaluska that have led up to all the good things at Lake Junaluska today.”
Described as a multimedia experience, the production will incorporate photography, acting, and a heavy musical influence with performances by the Lake Junaluska Singers.
“The show will prominently feature the Lake Junaluska Singers,” explained Sipp. “We will have a great deal of music, along with a small orchestra, which will be using both religious and secular music to comment on where we are in history and to demonstrate how music has been and will continue to be a big part of both the religious and social aspect of Lake Junaluska.”
With a rich tradition of photography in and around Lake Junaluska, the production will incorporate visual projections from the past and present to illustrate the production’s story.
“Not only will the audience get to use their imaginations as the actors are performing, but they will see the main events we are chronicling through photography,” Sipp said. “We will travel back and forth through time by using these photographs.”
As Sipp prepares the first drafts of the production, he has spent hours researching in the SEJ Heritage Center and interviewing residents of Lake Junaluska.
“The personal anecdotes and stories of the people of Lake Junaluska were so interesting,” said Sipp.“It has been a wonderful educational experience for me. One thing that is so rewarding about being a writer and theater person is that you never stop learning and interacting with new people, groups, stories, and perspectives, and I’ve gained all of those while working on this project. I look forward to its culmination in 2013 at the performance and continuing my journey at Lake Junaluska and to share the story with everyone.”
The premier performance of The Light of the Lake is scheduled for August 3, 2013. For more information about the Lake Junaluska Centennial Celebration and a tentative
schedule of events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/100.