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VetStories Project To Honor Veterans In Goldsboro

On Nov. 9-10 Wayne Community College will celebrate Veterans Day by hosting the Arts Council of Wayne County’s patriotic VetStories Project. The project is spearheaded by Wendy Snow Walker, former executive director of the ACWC. VetStories is an original stage production that tells the stories of area veterans through the visual and performing arts.

“It is an amazing project that brings attention to the incredible sacrifices made by our Veterans, sacrifices which afford us the freedoms we have today,” says Doug McGrath of the Goldsboro Elks Lodge, a supporter of the production. He encourages audiences of all ages to attend the production. “This is the perfect event for grandchildren to experience with their grandparents, parents with their children, and neighbors with their friends, all coming together to honor our local heroes for Veterans Day.”

Walker began developing the project in February of 2017 by establishing partnerships between the Arts Council, the R.A. Bryan Foundation, Wayne Community College Foundation, Wayne County Museum, Wayne County Public Schools, Wayne County Public Library, Legacy Dance Project, University of Mount Olive, the Goldsboro Elks Lodge and North Carolina Veterans Homes.

By conducting artistic workshops with local veterans’ organizations and area non-profits, Walker created a script that shares memoirs of veterans from WWII to present day. Clayton vocalist and songwriter Danny Smith wrote the original tune “In This Moment” as a tribute to all the brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Smith will perform his song during the production, accompanied by video footage from memorial celebrations that occurred throughout the history of the project. Eric Chesson, lead vocalist and songwriter from the Raleigh-based band Urban Soil composed two pieces for the production.

Notes Chesson: “Given what our veterans have sacrificed for our nation over the decades and centuries, I am humbled to be given the opportunity to attempt to represent and translate some of their experiences and feelings into song and to be included in such an amazing project as VetStories.”

Kent Cox, a Vietnam Veteran and professional performer, wrote and recorded the finale entitled “American Veteran.”

VetStories choreographers include Megan Hoyle of Legacy Dance Project, Alex Chevrier of Down East Dance, and Danny Durr, an independent choreographer from New York.

The stage production includes historical narration, video footage and interviews with local veterans, original music, interpretive dance, and visual artwork. The cast of narrators features local stage favorites Sequilla Arita, Dr. Roy Heidicker, Martin Mejia, Sue.Nobers, Heath Radnor, and Linda.Sampson.

To complement the stage performance, there will be two visual art exhibits that focus on veterans: one at the Moffatt Auditorium at WCC Nov. 4-10, and the other opening Nov. 2 at the T.A. Loving Gallery at the Arts Council. All of the artwork has been created by veterans or in honor of veterans.

Tickets to the stage show are $10 per person and can be purchased online at www.Eventbrite.com or in person at the Arts Council of Wayne County located at 102 N. John Street in Goldsboro.

Admission is FREE FOR VETERANS, courtesy of the R.A. Bryan Foundation.

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