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.
of the Lake
7:30 pm, Stuart Auditorium
Purchase tickets at the Bethea Welcome Center. Tickets also available for purchase at the Stuart box office 1 hour prior to the show.
- General Admission: $17.50
- Reserved Seating: Sold Out
Doors open at
6:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
“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.
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.
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
“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.
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.