Henry Players to perform in the 'Cotton Patch'

A group of local actors will take the stage for a cause, raising funds for an organization designed to bring stability to area neighborhoods.

The Henry Players will present "Cotton Patch Gospels," June 10-11, and June 17-18, at four locations in Henry County.

Teresa Moore is a Henry Players board member who is directing "Cotton Patch Gospels." The event, she said, brings two not-for-profit organizations together to help each other.

"It brings awareness that there is a Habitat for Humanity in Henry County, and hopefully broadens the awareness that Henry County has a wonderful theatrical group," said Moore. "The Henry Players are ending their 20th season this month, and we still have people say, ‘I didn't know you existed,' or "We didn't know there was a theatrical group here.'"

The show will take place June 10-11, at Momentum Christian Church in McDonough and Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, respectively. It will also be presented on June 17 at Stockbridge Community Church, and June 18, at Wesley Way United Methodist Church in McDonough.

Moore is hopeful that combining the efforts of the Henry Players and the local Habitat for Humanity organization, the public will become more involved in supporting both groups.

"The Henry Players want to work with other organizations, and be a part of giving back to those in need and helping out within the community," she said. "This is also a way to fund-raise and help jump start getting a house built for a family in need here in Henry County. This is a wonderful project and organization to be involved with. Actually, being involved with both organizations is very rewarding."

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity serves Henry, Clayton and Fayette counties. Cara Welch, Chief Development Officer for the group, credited the Henry Players for their "infinite kindness" in offering to perform during the benefit.

Welch also provided information regarding the history of the upcoming production.

"The Cotton Patch Gospels are books originally written Clarence Jordan, long-time friend of Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity," said Welch. "Mr. Jordan was also the founder of Koinonia Farms, where Millard and Linda Fuller moved after giving away their wealth and pledging their lives to Christ and elimination of poverty housing."

The play adaptation of the Cotton Patch Gospels, Welch said, is a family-friendly retelling of the biblical gospels, using Southern colloquialisms and set in 1936 Georgia. She said the traveling show is designed to reach out to local communities "to spread the word about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and the Henry Players."

Tickets are available at Sweet Savings Outlet, Gloria's Hallmark, McIntosh State Bank, all in McDonough, as well as any Moye's Pharmacy location, all Henry County United Community Bank locations, and numerous Henry churches. They may also be purchased online, at www.henryplayers.com, or www.schabitat.org.