And through this walk, and my time up north, eventually landing in New York,
I aim to meet more like me. People who develop apps, legal consultants,
political science majors, activists, naturalists, cooped up church leaders
and flat footed philosophers. Ultimately, within just a matter of years,
I will be back building my farm, with a network of friends and resources
that stretches from Piedmont North Carolina
to upstate New York and beyond.
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
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – The Lincoln Theatre Guild will present “Robin Hood” beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton. The show is directed by Pete DeGregory.
Performances will continue March 25, 26, 31 and April 1, 2. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students online at lincolntheatreguild.com/tickets.
Adapted by Tim Kelly and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service…. (from the play website) Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, leads a merry life with his followers. Anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The citizens of the forest oppose wicked Prince John. He’s taken the place of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, who has gone to the Holy Land on a crusade. One day a caravan cuts through the wood. In the convoy is Robin’s childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, ward of King Richard. Alas, the evil Lady Merle of Cornwall plans to force Marian to marry the Prince in an effort to make John more acceptable to the people of England. To arms! It’s up to Robin to stop the marriage, defeat a nasty sheriff and secure Nottingham for the king’s return. It’s all done in rousing fashion!
Earlier this week the LTG gave two performances to the seventh graders from all of the middle schools in Lincoln County that was made possible from a grant by the Arts Council of Lincoln County and extra funding by Chris Rhyne Financial Management.
In the Lincoln Theatre Guild production the role of Robin Hood is played by Jeremy Homesley, Ryan Gurganious is the Sheriff of Nottingham, Mary Grace Keller portrays Lady Merle, and Ashley Marie DeMar is Maid Marian.
MICHELLE T. BERNARD
“Robin Hood” will be shown on the stage of the Lincoln Cultural Center beginning March 24. The play, which is presented by the Lincoln Theatre Guild, is directed by Pete DeGregory and stars Jeremy Homesley as Robin Hood, the generous outlaw of Sherwood Forest who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
“Each year we look for a piece of classic literature made into play form that we can share with students of Lincoln County and the community,” DeGregory said. “At first, we were just able to bring one school in and let them see a show. This year, we were blessed with a grant from the Lincoln County arts council and extra funding from Chris Rhyne Financial Management to be able to bring seventh graders from all four of our middle schools to see Robin Hood over the course of two days.”
The students, some who have never been to a theater production, according to DeGregory, will be bused in during the school day to see the production and then be bused home. DeGregory said he believes exposure to theatre helps build the students’ education and growth and that he’s seen dozens of children and adults changed by their time in theater.
As with most plays, casting was one of DeGregory’s challenges in directing “Robin Hood,” because it can be hard to get male actors. Many of the “merry men” are played by women.
“We were blessed to have 46 people come out to our casting calls,” he said. “Then the hard part was to pick which of the talent we’re not going to use. I casted more than the play called for but I think we’re going to make a very spectacular presentation with being able to put that many people on the stage.”
The sheriff of Nottingham is played by Ryan Gurganious. In this version of “Robin Hood,” the sheriff is the comic relief in the production and he’s also the antagonist, along with Lady Merle, played by Mary Grace Keller.
“I really enjoy terrorizing Sherwood Forest, it’s a good part,” Gurganious said. “The fight scenes have been challenging and we’ve been on a quicker play run than I’m used to. Usually, we get about six or seven weeks to do a show but with this one we’ve got five.”
Homesley was aiming for the part of Robin Hood when he tried out for the play.
“I feel a lot of camaraderie and chemistry with the merry men,” he said. “I think that even outside the play we can all get along. The audience will feel fulfillment with every fight and the jokes.”
In many versions of “Robin Hood,” Maid Marian is cast as the maiden always needing rescue. In this version, she’s given more power by actress Ashley Marie DeMar and DeGregory has given her free rein to do so. In some fight scenes, Marian joins in and helps Robin overcome obstacles.
“I think it’s always exciting to play an iconic part – one that everybody knows,” DeMar said. “Sometimes you’ll be in a show and you’ll name the part and not many know who it is. Everyone knows Maid Marian. There are a lot of expectations when playing a part like this though. There are a lot of traditional gender roles in this piece. We expect to see Robin saving Marian over and over again and so I think, for me as a performer, I’ve been trying to make it very clear that we don’t need to necessarily always rely on being saved by a man or being saved period.”
I make walking sticks in my free time, and if you contribute $50 or more to my farm, I will make you a walking stick and ship it to you. I have 130 acres of forests that provide the wood, and I use tools passed down by my grandfather to shape each walking stick by hand. All donations go to farm equipment and livestock feed, as well as my upcoming walk to New York State. Just provide your preferred shipping address when making a contribution.
Thanks so much, it goes further than you could ever know.
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.