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Posted: October 6, 2010 12:30 a.m.

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Social Circle Theatre gears up for show


They’re celebrating 90 years or so of stories and a decade of community theater this weekend in Social Circle.

The Social Circle Theater will present an oral history of sorts of the town when it stages "Best of Stories From the Well," beginning Friday at the theater, 650 Ashley Drive.

The production features about 95 local performers and incorporates song and dance into vignettes that depict small town life through the years.

The production is overseen by Sue Lee, the playwright and director for the production, and Tyson White, the stage manager. They’re the glue that holds together a multigenerational cast presenting stories that span the decades.

As the production name suggests, the theater has gone to the well of personal experiences and reminisces for its productions over the years.

This play marks the 10th anniversary of the theater’s founding and draws from tales from each production staged.

"I found a way to weave them together," Lee said.

What she used is a common thread of stories shared to preserve heritage, keeping a bit of yourself alive in the process.

A key component of the set is a re-creation of Wylie’s General Store as it would have looked in the 1930s. Wylie’s is still in operation, a type of place where you can get anything from penny candy to overalls.

Lee began crafting plays in 2005, taking over for Joey Fargar, who served as director for six years.

The theater was started by Bob and Mabel Standridge, who were inspired by a similar concept in Colquitt, Ga.

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