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By Wade Allen
Posted Jun 2, 2017
Cherryville actor Jeremy Homesley returns to the stage in Kings Mountain this summer for performances with “Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama.”
Soon opening for a fourth season, the play attracts locals and out-of-towners to downtown Kings Mountain to experience the story of how people in the Carolinas became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain.
Homesley, 29, joins the cast again as Patrick Ferguson for this summer’s shows at the Joy Performance Center. Liberty Mountain runs for 17 performances beginning June 23. Homesley has appeared on stage as Ferguson twice. During the 2016 season, he played central protagonist Silas Martin.
With authentic weapons and costumes, Liberty Mountain shares about the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, known as the turning point in the Revolution. It showcases the talents of more than 30 actors. It’s fast-paced and action-packed, a drama bringing the audience to the center of the action.
MEET JEREMY HOMESLEY
The writer and actor lives on a farm in Cherryville that’s been in his family since the early 1900s.
He writes poetry, and also some novel-length pieces and short fiction. He wants to pursue writing and the arts in New York City.
In August, he embarks on a three-month hike from Grayson Highlands, Va., to New York. It’s about 1,000-mile walk along the Appalachian Trail. Writing along the way, he plans to complete a book of poetry and a novel. Arriving in New York, he wants to pursue publication for his writings, and also theatrical and performance projects. His personal website is http://www.jeremiahtrent.com.
WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THE SHOW
He’s been with Liberty Mountain since its inception
“Everyone in the cast feels like they’re creating something… what we bring to it sets the standard for what gets applied for next year… its formative. You get to do some of the creative work as well as acting, getting into the character.”
What to expect if you’ve never seen the show
“Expect sort of a roller coaster version of a theatre experience. The movement, the action, the immersion. You’re going to feel a bit like you’re on stage. Some of the people who come to see it actually have ancestors who are part of the story. This might be the closest they get to feeling what that was like.”
What keeps him coming back to Liberty Mountain
“It’s a good theatre opportunity down the road. Normally a good theatre opportunity, you’re driving 45 minutes or an hour. If you’re like me and live out in the country… it’s the perfect opportunity.”
His favorite part of the show
“There are a few moments that really stand out. There’s a scene when there are five of the female characters, people in the area, wives of the soldiers. They get a block of time to talk and tell their perspective. There are some great roles for kids… I love the parts of the show where characters who don’t normally get to tell their story just own the stage.”
His personal writing goals
“I would like to basically get in with even a small level publisher… I’m very committed to my writing. I don’t necessarily want large scale publication, but I do want some outlets so I’m not writing it all for myself… mostly I write poetry and short stories… I would like to have a small audience for that.”
Liberty Mountain shows
one man’s impact on war
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My life goal is to organize and express an artistic method for pulling words like democracy, equality and art down out of the clouds. Through writing, public speaking and activism, I want to help people learn to distrust the bias of their initial gut conclusions, and seek a word’s truest most quantifiable meaning before using it. I aim to cut the distance that separates words from definitions, and expand the divide between categorizing something and understanding it. We should blame language long before we blame our neighbors, or facts. Before settling on platitudes concerning the spiritual status of the universe, we need to learn more about the tool we’re using to measure it.