We spoke with Patrick Bliss, Director of The Battle of Shallowford to learn more about the production. Listen to our interview here:
RiverTowne Players is proud to present The Battle of Shallowford on June 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m. and June 5 and 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Theatre located at 514 Hancock St., New Bern, NC. For more information, please visit RiverTownePlayers.org.
Sit back, make yourself comfortable, and get ready to hear all the hilarious local gossip at Burton Mock’s General Store in Shallowford, NC! RiverTowne Players is proud to present Ed Simpson’s community theatre classic The Battle of Shallowford. Simpson’s funny and heart-warming hit will be performed on June 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8:00 p.m. and June 5 and 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Theatre in New Bern, NC.
The incredibly talented local cast includes William Shaw as Burton Mock and Nora Blalock as his daughter, Ruthie, and Ethan Goecke as Lonny, the shy, intelligent dreamer, along with a group of colorful locals played various community members.
The Battle of Shallowford is directed by Patrick Bliss. Producers Alexandra Ranieri and Meghan Bliss work alongside the brilliant production team including Terry Daniels, Frank Eason, and others.
Lively, funny, and smart, The Battle of Shallowford is written by a North Carolina native who knows what small towns are all about. His show explores small-town relationships, values, and just how gullible we can become when you insert a little sci-fi among all the other unbelievable things in the news.
On a quiet Sunday night in October 1938, Mock’s General Store in small-town Shallowford gathers its usual crew of gossiping locals. Burton Mock, owner of the general store, is discussing his daughter Ruthie’s future with her as the host of lively locals arrives, including fellow teenager Lonny. Their colorful conversations are interrupted only when Doodad turns on the radio and hears that an alien invasion is currently taking place…in their own town! What they don’t realize is that it’s just Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds radio drama broadcast. As they prepare for battle, Lonny and Ruthie discover a shy, budding affection for one another that wasn’t there before.
Submitted by: Meghan Bliss, Writer & Editor, MeghanBliss.net