Scott Co. theatre group hopes to find new home at courthouse

11:20 PM, Dec 1, 2010   |    comments
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A courthouse in Scott County will draw visitors looking to get a touch of classic theater this weekend.

The Scott County Theatre Group has rarely had to look far for inspiration, but the same can't be said about finding a venue to perform. The group hopes that this Christmas they have finally found a home.

"We are in the old courthouse in Huntsville TN, a marvelous, historic building. It burned and was rebuilt in 1948 and its had over 60 years of court trials here. A lot of theatre has been here, but never something quite like this," said the group's Director Clay Harris.

The second floor courtroom has become the staging area for the group's production of "A Christmas Carol."

"Definitely unique. I think the acoustics sound really good so far. You don't have to be that loud and your voice will carry," said actress Kristin Cooper.

The group has previously relied on local churches and warehouses to provide a place to perform. The courthouse became available two and a half years ago when Scott County built a new justice center.

"Obviously we can't have traditional staging with this type of facility, but it does allow for a lot of creativity and it gives us a slightly different dimension in terms of the production than a traditional stage would offer," said actress Tracey Stansberry.

"A Christmas Carol" will be performed Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. All proceeds will go towards finding a permanent home for the group.

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