Zee Edgell’s daughter here for the Premiere of Beka Lamb; the Play
While that book will be a new read, an old but favorite that is still a page turner in high schools, is getting a makeover. Earlier this week, we highlighted the play, Beka Lamb on Stage; that is being presented by Saint Catherine Academy. It is a two-day show starting tonight at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The book was written by one of the school’s alumnae, Zee Edgell. And teachers and students became playwrights and taking the book’s major themes including traditional principles, moral values, women in politics and many of the social ills that were plaguing the country back then and bringing them to life on stage. Some cast members, including the author’s daughter, Holly Edgell were on this Morning’s Open Your Eyes. Co-host William Neal asked Edgell how her mother has taken the news of the performance.
Holly Edgell, Daughter of Zee Edgell
“From what I know, from behind the scenes leading up to it because Melissa and I have been corresponding. I’ve seen the script she showed me this morning and hearing the back-story of all the efforts that have gone into it. So even without seeing the play—and now that I have seen the clips, it looks amazing. I just think that she will be happy to know of the love and the community feeling that has come together, the commitment that the students and the teachers and all the people who have been donating their time into it. I think the message is a labor of love and I think the beginning of inspiring other people to either write plays, act, do something creative. I think it is a really brave undertaking for the school. As Melissa was saying, before you start, you have no idea what you are getting into. And it takes on a life of its own. And I’m sure our Beka will agree. And to see something through like that is tremendous. And the fact that it has gotten the attention of the community and the support that it has gotten is really exciting. So the message I am already planning is a labor of love with so much passion and true affection for the book. That’s the way I am feeling now and I’m sure after I see it I’ll have even more to say.”
The show debuts at seven-thirty. An encore performance will be held on Saturday starting at eight p.m. General admission is twenty dollars and thirty dollars for reserve.
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