When University of North Georgia theater major Rob Brooksher decided to write a musical as his senior thesis project, he focused on two elements he knows and loves: Lake Lanier and bluegrass music.
The result is Half Mile Down, a rollicking Appalachian love story told through new folk tales and original music that will be performed Aug. 15-17 at 8:15 p.m., on the banks on Lake Lanier Olympic Venue at 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., in Gainesville. Gates to the venue will open at 6 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and activities.
Borrowing pieces of Gainesville’s history and the creation of Lake Lanier, Half Mile Down follows one town’s struggle after learning that Round Valley Electric plans to flood their town to create a lake. As the town bands together to try to save their homes, unlikely forces collide to underscore a classic Southern story of family, hope and love – with a good helping of humor.
Brooksher collaborated on the script with Brenau graduate Christina Jundt, WC’13, who is directing the show and was part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program as well. Brooksher composed all of the production’s music for the cast of 15.
Audience members are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring camp chairs, picnics, blankets and bug spray. Performances are free, but “pay what you can” donations are encouraged. Proceeds support the Soque River Watershed Association which works to improve water quality and education about the conservation of Georgia’s natural rivers.
Half Mile Down performances are approximately 90 minutes in length and are appropriate for all audiences.
For more information on any of these performances or to purchase MainStage tickets, call the GTA Box Office at 678.717.3624, or go online at gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org.