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If there’s one thing that brings east and west together in Volusia County, it’s theater. A host of West Volusians are center stage for Positively Florida’s production of Creature at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach Aug. 15-18.

The play is directed by Orange City’s Kelly Grounds, with Gretchen Pettigrew of DeLand as co-director, and veteran actor Pat Justin of Deltona filling one of the play’s key roles.

Creature is a comic play by Heidi Schreck set in medieval England, and loosely based on the true story of Margery Kempe, a married brewery owner who in the year 1401 had visions of the devil and Jesus, following the birth of her son, and tried to parlay them into sainthood.

Other West Volusians working backstage, on set design, construction, costumes and props, or in other technical roles, include Denise Glickler of DeBary; Kim Crayne, Wren and Adrian Wildingcrayne, Mike Pettigrew and Autumn Edwards, all of DeLand; and Doug Bishop of Orange City.

In Creature, Margery’s quest to be named a saint follows a hilariously jagged path through the dictates of church and culture, while dodging accusations of heresy and her town’s memory of Margery, the sultry pub owner.

The real-life Margery Kempe is recognized as the author of the first autobiography in the English language. 

Showtimes and ticket information

Evening presentations of Creature, at the Harris Theater at Atlantic Center for the Arts, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.

Tickets cost $17 and are available online (without extra fees) at www.positivelyfloridaTC.com, or in person at Renewals Bookshop, 221 Washington St. in New Smyrna Beach, or at Aberrant Art Gallery, 118 N. Beach St. in Daytona Beach.

The Harris Theater at Atlantic Center for the Arts is at 1414 Art Center Ave. in New Smyrna Beach.

For more information, call 386-690-9295.


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