The Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Welcome to Mitford” March 13-23.
The screenplay, based on Jan Karon’s nine-book Mitford series, was adapted by South Carolina native Robert Inman and covers the town of Mitford, N.C., and its residents during a 10-year period. It’s directed by Susan Capotosto and Tom Moody. The plot revolves around Father Tim Kavanagh, a rector of the Lord’s Chapel church, Dooley Barlow, the teenager Kavanagh takes in and Cynthia Coppersmith, their next-door neighbor and Kavanagh’s love interest.
The reading committee for the playhouse read numerous scripts each year to find productions they believe the community will be interested in and chose “Welcome to Mitford” for its small town focus. Terry Shaw, president of The Fort Mill Community Playhouse, believes this play is tailor-made.
"It develops Mitford’s eccentric characters and talks about community and togetherness," Shaw said.
According to Shaw, “Welcome to Mitford” captures small town Southern life and is accessible to those who haven’t read Karon’s series. Shaw said the play doesn’t target a specific age group and is family friendly.
The cast of approximately 20 actors from Fort Mill and the surrounding area has been rehearsing four times a week since January. Shaw said finding the time to get so many people together so often has its difficulties, but will pay off once the production begins.