2007-03-14 / Community

Hill Fire visits Cotton Hall

Mississippi's own Swamp Gravy enjoys opening night of Swamp Gravy: Visiting Hours

(Seated) Zanice Jenkins, Nell Middleton, Carolyn Swanson; (middle row) Annie Helen Phillips, Olene Boggan, Paula McCaulla, Elizabeth Eldridge, Dorothy Coffey; (back row: Gene Jenkins, Jerry Boggan, and Steve Lester (Seated) Zanice Jenkins, Nell Middleton, Carolyn Swanson; (middle row) Annie Helen Phillips, Olene Boggan, Paula McCaulla, Elizabeth Eldridge, Dorothy Coffey; (back row: Gene Jenkins, Jerry Boggan, and Steve Lester Members of the Montgomery County Arts Council and representatives of the cast of Hill Fire, the official folk life play of Montgomery Hills, Mississippi, were in Colquitt for opening night of Swamp Gravy's spring production of Visiting Hours. Hill Fire is Mississippi's version of Swamp Gravy and is produced by MCAC in April and October each year. The production, located in Winona, Mississippi, has been telling the stories of the rural Mississippi community since 2003.

The group toured the square in Colquitt and took in the local scenery while awaiting the arrival of Swamp Gravy's resident director, Richard Geer, and playwright, Jules Corriere. Geer and Corriere are very familiar with the Mississippi group since they were hired to direct the show the first two seasons.

Now in its fifth year, Hill Fire is making a name of its own. Its similarities to Swamp Gravy have given the show its heart, but its differences have given the show its soul. Instead of an old cotton warehouse, Hill Fire is played in an old county livestock fair barn. The arena where the livestock was shown is the area where their stories are told. The barn recently celebrated its 50th anniversary which was incorporated into this season's play, Bless This House.

Dates for the spring production of Bless This House are April 19-22. Additional information can be found at www.hillfire.org.

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