15 May 1988

A romantic Appalachian opera under the stars will be performed at Berry College on Thursday.

"Down in the Valley," to be presented by the Berry Singers, will begin at 8 p.m. in the natural outdoor setting of the log cabin area, near Barnwell Chapel, on the campus, U.S. 27 north of Rome.

The event is open to the public and attendants are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner.

The one-act opera was written by Kurt Weill and is based on Appalachian folk tunes.  The Berry Singers will perform under the direction of Harry Musselwhite, assistant professor of music at Berry.

According to Kay Abbott, news editor at Berry, the romantic story unfolds as Brack, the love interest, escapes from prison to be with his beloved Jenny.

Brack will be played by Michael Hendrick of LaGrange while Jenny will be played by Geraldine Ramey of Americus.

Others include Brad Hood of Millan as the leader; Richard Lawless of Chatsworth as the villain, and Robert Sims of Cartersville as the father.

Other members of the Berry Singers to perform include: Seth Bussey and Myers McAllister, both of Tifton; David Fletcher, Jacksonville, Fla; Eric Batson, Greenville, S.C.; Sean Mayer, Blairsville; Sean McCormick and Cynthia Lindsey, both of College Park; Cheryl Darling, Marietta; Joyce Corley and Wendy Edwards, both of Stone Mountain; Angie Purvis, Peachtree City; Ruth Maney, Dillard; Jennifer Allen, Acworth; Amanda Gowing, Decatur, and Julie Forrester, Loganville.