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Higher Ground 4: Foglights is a new dramatic musical exploring the foggy future of the east Kentucky coalfields.

Performance location and dates for Higher Ground 4: Foglights are:

  • Pine Mountain Settlement School (36 Highway 510, Bledsoe) — 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (PMSS shows are outdoors)
  • Old Evarts High School (138 Yocum Street Evarts) — 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13
  • Harlan Elementary School (420 East Central Street, Harlan) —7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20

All tickets are $4. Reservations can be made by contacting Mary Jo Brashears at 589-3148 or maryjo.brashears@kctcs.edu.

Presented by the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC), the play is part of a larger community effort to use the arts to build community and revitalize the county.

It is the result of a two-year collaboration between students in Appalachian studies, music, drama and art classes at the college, and a coalition of community members and visiting artists.

More than 60 community residents have been working to produce Foglights with Richard Geer, director of Community Performance International (CPI), and Ann Schertz, SKCTC Professor of Music.

The production includes stories told by local actors, songs written and performed by local musicians, murals and sculptural reliefs created by local artists. It is supported by SKCTC and grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission, ArtPlace America and the Robert E. Frazier Foundation.

The script for Foglights was written by Higher Ground cast members and area high school and community college students with support from CPI.

It mixes stories from Harlan County’s dramatic history with scenes exploring the fault lines and bridges between the generations in contemporary Harlan County. The musicians and storytellers in Foglights dramatize the pressures and joys of living in today’s coalfields.

The production of Foglights has involved not only the participating venues, the college’s Appalachian archives, and the arts and humanities division at the college, but also the carpentry, welding, electronics, maintenance programs at SKCTC and the Appalachian Challenge Academy.

Foglights is the fourth play created by the Higher Ground coalition since the project’s beginnings in 2003. Past plays Higher Ground, Playing With Fire and Talking Dirt have dealt with drug abuse, outmigration, land use, community diversity and mining life in Harlan County. All the Higher Ground plays celebrate the strength of Harlan County and its people, showcase the talent resident in the community, focus on community assets, and strive to create discussion among community members about the issues before us. Higher Ground is the 2013 winner of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation’s award for achievement in Culture and the Arts.

For more information about Higher Ground, contact Robert Gipe, SKCTC appalachian program director at 589-3130 or robert.gipe@kctcs.edu.

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