Swamp Gravy to perform free folk life play during Annual Conference session

5/3/2015

On Thursday, June 4, Swamp Gravy, the Official Folk Life Play of Georgia, will present a one-hour performance for South Georgia Annual Conference session attendees and guests.  This free event is open to the community.

The special theatrical presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.

Sponsored by the citizens of Tifton, the performance will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds. While steeped in Southern tradition, Swamp Gravy presents stories of universal appeal – stories about life and death, about family, and community.

“Swamp Gravy is about how people grew up in the little town of Colquitt, Ga.,” said Tyron Spearman, coordinator of the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association, a member of Tifton First United Methodist Church, and chairman of Tifton First UMC’s communications committee. “They tell the real stories of yesteryear.”

The stories celebrate Southwest Georgia’s rural life, culture and diversity. Colquitt’s volunteer actors perform inspiring productions that include comedy, music, and choreography, and tell family stories from daily life, tall tales, and Southwest Georgia folklore.

“Swamp Gravy tells true life stories of Colquitt (Miller County) and Southwest Georgia, featuring original music and local talent,” said Katherine A. Willis, Artistic Director for the Colquitt/Miller Arts Council. “Our performance for the Methodist Conference will center around the fiery preacher from one of our most iconic productions, ‘Swamp Gravy: The Gospel Truth,’ and his famous sermon on the 10 Commandments. Illustrating his sermon will be scenes and music from other popular productions in our 23-year history, spicing up the sermon with emotion and humor that we all can relate to.”

Tifton and Tift County look forward to hosting the South Georgia Conference again this year, Spearman said.

“We’ve been looking for something that we could do on behalf of the citizens of Tifton to show our appreciation for the conference coming (here), and we thought it would be a great idea to sponsor this and invite the community so all of us can be together and enjoy the Swamp Gravy production.”